joezing wrote:For those who prefer it, I'll get right to the point: How can I replace G&L logo, etc. when refinishing the headstock of a 1984 'El Toro' bass?
Functionally, this bass is in excellent condition. The neck is gorgeous and all controls function - even if the pots have become a bit 'scratchy.' Aesthetically, it's a beater, with many dings in the body and other disastrous blemishes in the blue finish. Most unfortunately the headstock looks as if it's been gnawed.
And so I have undertaken to refinish this bass.
My preference is to create a final product that is shows the natural beauty of the wood, but due to the condition of the headstock and body, I believe the finished product will have to be painted. By the time I repair the gouges, etc. all over this guitar I don't see how I could go with a natural finish. If someone has a strategy to repair significant gouges and still allow for a natural finish, I'd like to hear it.
I don't see how I can properly repair the damage to the headstock without obliterating the original logo. Once done, is it possible to obtain a replacement logo? I don't plan on selling this guitar or misrepresenting it in any way but the guitar is what it is and I believe it deserves to bear the original manufacturer's mark regardless of being refinished.
I see that knobs are available and that some of the electronic parts are available (directly from G&L) as well - with the exception of the 'reverse taper' potentiometer. At approximately 26 years old, should I replace the electronics as part of this project?
joezing wrote:I appreciate your advice, particularly that of seeking the help of someone in the furniture refinishing trade as well as the links you posted.
I'm sorry but I won't post pictures of my poor, dismembered bull; I think it might be bad karma! Once he has his dignity again I'll post some shots of how the work is progressing.
Regarding the decal, I've done some research and if I can't find source for one, I will probably attempt to make one myself. I noticed that some of the G&L logos are done in white and since I can't reproduce the metalic gold, I was thinking of going white. On the white logos, do you know if the letters are outlined in black?
The pic you posted has us (this is a joint project between my son and me) drooling. We both admired the photo and started scheming about how we might obtain a finish like THAT!
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