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Restoration of vintage Hamer bass. Yes or no?


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Is it better to leave this vintage Hamer Standard Explorer bass in original condition or is it ok to have pro refinish, upgrade work done by a pro shop (Mike Lull guitars, Bellevue, Washington)? The bass plays and sounds great but the color is probably my least favorite of any color. Please advise. 

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4 hours ago, Steve Haynie said:

Leave it as is.  Save your money. 

When you say "upgrade work" what do you mean? 

Well... I was thinking of a creme color, maybe Lull T-Bird pickups and possibly T-Bird bridge with “claw” tailpiece. It would be an amazing bass... but it would degrade the collector/historical value and honestly, for what this work would cost I could buy a whole new bass. I’m going to leave it alone and enjoy it as it is. The neck is amazing as is the tone. 

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If you're looking for a "project", I've got a Blitz Bass that would be a much better candidate to rework/refinish/re-imagine.  Doing anything that drastic to a Standard is likely a felony in at least 48 states!

 

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21 hours ago, cmatthes said:

If you're looking for a "project", I've got a Blitz Bass that would be a much better candidate to rework/refinish/re-imagine.  Doing anything that drastic to a Standard is likely a felony in at least 48 states!

 

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How much????

Says the guy who can't afford it...

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Hey Justin, we don't know each other but we have both made music with the incomparable Francis Theodore P.  No, I won't sell you my Hamer bass but I will entertain the idea of a home for the one you are thinking about taking to Lull.  Mike is a good guy and would do very good work but you really shouldn't change much about the perfection of what you have in your hands.  The Hamer I play is as different from yours as could be possible but they are both works that should be savored and kept. If yours needs a home, hit me up, before you change it....

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Would you restomod a vintage Shelby?

Your bass has earned every one of it's dings, scuffs and scrapes the old-fashioned way. That means something. If the color really bothers you, maybe see about having it wrapped. That way you won't destroy an amazingly cool old bass, and actually preserve/protect the original finish. And when you're tired of that, have it re-wrapped.

Short story: waaaay too cool to ruin with a refin.

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Just now, Steve Haynie said:

Here is an example of a modification that should never have happened. 

Someone did that to another '57 Chevy around here decades ago.  It always seemed like a waste of a good car to me. 

But in fairness it started as a 4-door so the builder gets a pass.

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14 minutes ago, tbonesullivan said:

What color is it? Looks like it was originally black, and the finish has faded? Or is it some type of blue?

Dark Gray, per Jol.

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On 11/30/2020 at 10:20 PM, killerteddybear said:

Scratch your T-Bird itch with this:

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or this:

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I think you'll be able to do MUCH BETTER than that soon.

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