Here's the story.....
In my teen years, back in the 80's. I played bass guitar, was in a band...blah blah...was supposed to go far but things fell through on so many levels. I wasn't bad but wasn't a "prodigy" either. I played stringed instruments from age 10 through my late teens. Gave it up when I learned that I made more money as a sound man than as a musician. I also learned that a sound man didn't have to have any "loyalty" to any specific band. With that said I sold all my gear and became a sound man for 20+ years later. Fast forward now... A couple co-workers and a good friend talked me into playing again...you know just for fun. I caved in and have been playing again for the better part of a year now. It all came back very easily and I am enjoying playing again with no pressure to "break out" and play live anywhere.
Now comes this sanity check....Mind you I started playing early summer this year. I now have 6 bass guitars and recently bought a Strat. (it was cheap and I had to fix it)...
Anyways, I find myself attempting to replace some of the "vintage" gear that I sold... For instance, my '68 alder P-bass, my '74 Jazz and so on...looking at what they get for so called "american made" fenders now and what they get for true "vintage" gear, its out of my league and I can't see myself spending that kind of money.
I've decided that now I want to build a p-bass. You know, to replace my 68 that I had. So I set out and started looking for a body for it.
I found a early to mid 80's lotus P-bass. It was completely hideous but super cheap. The neck was fine and it played well, but the amount of suck that was emanating from the finish was making it sound terrible without even being played or plugged in for that matter. I got it for a mere 45 bucks with tax.
I got it home and promptly disassembled it. I found that it was originally a black finished bass guitar. After it was disassembled I took it to my cousins auto body shop and sanded it with the DA sander. I got all the flat areas and then went home and did the rest by hand. I took it back to his place and mixed up by eye a "vintage white"
fender color using a standard white and adding oxide yellow paint to it. It is being painted today and should be ready by tomorrow after the 3 coats of clear and wet sanding.
I've ordered up a Mighty Mite rosewood fingerboard neck with fender style headstock, fender p-bass bridge, grover tuners, fender neck plate, tortoise pick guard and will load it with vintage style pots, I have some old oil filled tone caps lying around maybe even some old bumble bee style caps...
But here's the thing...During the sanding process my cousin asked, "why are you sticking all this time into a lotus bass"?
You know... I thought to my self, that is a good question. And I explained the same story above to him. He said he got it, but since he's a family member I am wondering if he got it because he was a family member....what do you think?
And here's what I am going for looks....