Introduction: Pimp My Upright~

we took an abused upright bass and made it fit in our rockabilly band~

Step 1: Stripped It,

varnish remover, not a good idea to breath this for more than 2 seconds, whew~

Step 2: Sanded It

used a random orbital sander to keep it smooth~

Step 3: Primer

we primered about 3 coats

Step 4: Flat Black Paint

there are about 5 layers of paint, we sanded between each layer as to make it primo!

Step 5: Diamond Plate F-hole Covers

we play loud so we needed to get rid of the feeback~


steviec46 made it!(author)2009-06-18

why not just add flame job as well

zephoria made it!(author)2009-03-12

very nice joel... also, cant wait to play again... hehehe

Superhero-Apri made it!(author)2008-10-26

Oh, why would you do that. ;-;

reeding made it!(author)2008-04-19

makes me want to go listen to stray cats strut

Jake-off made it!(author)2008-06-12

makes me want to listen to some psychobilly

dred13 made it!(author)2008-10-06

hell yeah

JamesRPatrick made it!(author)2008-10-06

Heavens no.

joelsprayberry made it!(author)2008-04-19


MerleCorey made it!(author)2007-11-28

This is seriously going to deaden the tone of the instrument.

joelsprayberry made it!(author)2007-11-29

what tone? if it was a great bass i would have never done it. But we also use for live band situation and are using a pickup for it. good thought though~

Badgergirl made it!(author)2008-06-12

I'm sorry, but even if it was a bad bass, i still hate seeing one, well ruined. Sure it looks cool, but I guess I'm just odd.

dyermaker8 made it!(author)2008-04-19

I agree, .total tone killer,. amplified or not. A cheap $600+ plywood upright already needs a good setup and attention just to get decent tone, painting like a ratbike aint gonna do it anygood. although I love the look demonstrated in this instructable, there are better ways. 1st off ,. primer not needed for this job,. primer is meant to fill scratches and promote paint adhesion on metals and plastics. On wood you simply sand smooth,. use a little wood or grain filler if needed,. then paint. If looking for the Ratrod look ,. to maintain tone, i would use black stain to stain the wood black,. then spray it with a lacquer or nitrocellulose flattened or satin clear. Which would run about 40 bucks but not deaded tone,. worth it i think. Fun instructable!!

joejoerowley made it!(author)2008-04-18

Cool! Great Instructable! Thanks Joe

masterochicken made it!(author)2008-04-18

Awesome. All this talk of uprights makes me want to listen to the living end.

dchall8 made it!(author)2007-08-03

Very nice. Where do you find an abused upright bass? My daughters are playing with school instruments, which are definitely abused, but not for sale. I'll check at our local repair shop.

old_bass_masta made it!(author)2007-08-04

could always make one dude, just buy the neck bridge and tailpiece and make your own body, that would be pimpalicious

joelsprayberry made it!(author)2006-02-09

you are my hero~

joelsprayberry made it!(author)2006-02-03

i have more photos of teh process here:

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