Post Number: 451
|Posted on Saturday, March 10, 2007 - 11:29 pm: |
Again, that pretty much says it. I saw/heard on the "Futures Channel" video (as well as on this site) that Alembic offers several finish options.
I want to make sure I'm properly educated to make the right choice.
I love the finish on my Europa -which I think/assume is the "high gloss" finish; however, it sounds like I might like/prefer to get the "satin finish" on the neck...? Is it either/or? Can you put the satin finish OVER the glossy finish... or would it be IN PLACE of it? And, if it's an "either/or", would there be any visual/eyesore danger (pertaining to the transition from the high gloss finish of/on the body to the satin finish on the neck?
Is the cost the same? Are there any potential downsides or trade-offs?
Yeah, when the time comes (hopefully soon), I'd appreciate your guidence/input in helping me make this decision.
If nothing else, I know I'd be happy with the finish my Europa has... it looks and plays awesome! But maybe I'd be even more happy with the satin finish on the neck? It seems to be highly regarded by some of the folks here.
I'm also curious about other finish options for the body -just to "cover the basses"- though I'm not sure if anything could top the beauty of the high gloss finish.
I don't think the oil finish grabs me -assuming it's what I think it is. That's what's on "Bob's Custom Rogue", right? (The one with the built-in Superfilter.) It's a beautiful bass, but the finish wouldn't be what I'd choose.
So, yeah, I'd appreciate some info/help/guidence -when the time comes.
Post Number: 543
|Posted on Sunday, March 11, 2007 - 9:12 am: |
The satin finish is now standard on the neck. Basically it is the gloss neck, sanded with 2000 grit sandpaper. Feels really sleek.
I'd say go gloss with satin neck.
Post Number: 454
|Posted on Sunday, March 11, 2007 - 1:58 pm: |
Thanks for the word, Bradley! It sounds like this is probably what I'll want to go for.
At this point, the only thing left'll be to confirm it with Mica.
Post Number: 4280
|Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 12:51 pm: |
Satin neck is no additional charge. It is exactly the same paint, only the rubout is different. When it's rubbed out, the back of the neck is sanded with progressively finer and finer abrasives up to 3000 grit (it hardly even feels abrasive!).
The person doing the rubout will determine the decorative aspects. Usually, the peghead is left glossy on both the front and the back. The edge or the fingerboard may be sanded satin, or it may feather into a glossy allover peghead. We've never bothered to have a standard on this, just evaluating each instrument as it's finished to decide what will look best on it.
You are not allowed to have an oil finished Coco Bolo bass where you live anyway. The environment is not appropriate.
Other finish choices have to do with tints and colors, also which aren't really good for your bass.
So let me know if you want the work order changed to gloss finish with satin neck and I'll go and make the change.
Post Number: 554
|Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 5:55 pm: |
You are not allowed to have an oil finished Coco Bolo bass where you live anyway.
You're not allowed. That just cracks me up (in a good way!).
When I called to order my bass, Susan said, "You're not allowed to order a 6-string with the normal Mark King body." Made me laugh, since we live in a, "I'm sorry, sir, the computer won't allow me to configure your order that way/a faceless bureaucrat won't allow that..." type of world these days. Susan said, "it won't be right, so I won't build it."
PS- Vegas is nosebleed city (dry doesn't cover it) whenever I go there so I see why.
Post Number: 457
|Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 6:26 pm: |
Yes, Mica, let's go ahead and do that, please.
I'd like the gloss finish/satin neck combo that's now standard. Sounds like the thing to do.
Thanks again for your help, gang!