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    Frightening To Consider: 20th Stingray 5

    I have one of the more beautiful 20th SR5s ever. Bought new, barely played because I tend to gig in stinky s-holes and it was just too pretty, and so it hung on the wall for the longest time. And thatís where the problem started.
    Because it hung in pretty much a direct route from an air conditioner vent (duh Ė I know, I know), the clearcoat around the neck pocket dried out a bit. And it lifted. So thereís an area surrounding the neck pocket that is just not right. I am definitely not skilled in such things, so letís not even imagine that I could fix it. I canít. So Iím considering some options.

    1. Strip it, take the heat gun and just go for it, and maybe paint it in some vaguely Ďbovineí paint scheme. It has a veneer on the front and is black as night on the back and Iíve never tried anything like that beforeÖ.anyone ever take a veneer off? I suppose proper heat and a scraper would do that, right? The body is also bound. What happens to the binding?

    2. Find someone who is skilled at such repairs and bite the bullet. This is probably the least likely at this point because Iím addicted to my Aqua Sparkle SR5 Special and Iím trying to get it down to just one Stingray 5. The new one really ticks all the boxes, so letís say that this is really the least likely option.

    3. Disclose the issue and sell it for a loss. These were pretty spendy back then but itís not going to sell for what one without issues would. I donít know Ė 900 dollars? Itís still a perfectly functional Stingray 5, mahogany tone block, single H. It SOUNDS fabulous.

    Opinions, thoughts, rants? Iím not easily offended, but donít give me crap about hanging it in the wrong place Ė I already know that!


    When it was new:
    Frightening To Consider: 20th Stingray 5-20tha1-jpg

    Now it is not new:
    Frightening To Consider: 20th Stingray 5-sr5closeup-jpg

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    I’ve stripped a few in the past it’s not as easy as it sounds. The trick is to not mark the body as your scraping. Plastic tools and take your time. Failing that get a second opinion of someone who knows better, it might be repairable.

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    I'm not sure what advice to give you in this situation but if you decided to sell it I would find a way to give it a home in NJ - would go great with my '88!

    In all seriousness, despite the finish issues seems like it would be a shame to cover that top. The 20th anniversary basses are some of the nicest SR5's out there. Maybe the fine crew in SLO could take a look? I've seen miracles in the past.

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    Taking off that cap could well mean having to do something to adjust how far above the top the fingerboard sits, no? As the bridge would be mounted to a body that was thinner than original configuration.

    No way I could advocate either removing or painting an opaque color over that maple cap. Sure it will never look like it did when new, but there has to be a way to tackle a refinish. So I say either bite the bullet to get it refinished, or (and this is probably the most sensible if you're not planning on keeping it long-term) sell it at a price that reflects its current condition, and let the buyer proceed as they think best. You wouldn't likely get your money back from a refinish prior to sale, I'd guess.

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    Great looking bass, even with the damage! I wouldn't do anything drastic. Why not get some input from Customer Service? This looks fixable to me.

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    Is it just the clear coat that lifted, or the color coat as well? Is it possible that the veneer itself pushed up?
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    As nearly as I can tell, it's just the clear coat.

    I think I'm going the "blow it out cheap" route. Fun to consider a drastic refin but I'm a hacker and would undoubtedly screw it up.

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    Welcome to the affliction
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    reeeeeally wishing I had $900 US
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    that would be all of us, ha

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    If it's just the clear... you could probably just pull the neck, and wave a heat gun over it a bit, which will get it to flatten. Then run water-thin super glue under it.
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