I have owned basses for many years. I bought my first one at age 17, back when everyone was in a band. I lacked the discipline to actually knuckle down and learn to play it (I blame tabs personally).
Anyway, about a year ago someone dropped off a small collection of instruments at Nottingham Hackspace, one of which was referred to as ‘A bass I found in a skip’.
I had been looking for a ‘project bass’ to play around with. I never expected that this would become my favourite bass.
When the bass arrived it was in a pretty poor state. It had been converted to fretless, but really it had just had the frets taken out. The headstock had been burnt, there was scratches and chips all over the body. The previous owner had scratched ‘flame patterns’ into it as well as a few swear words. There was even a spot where they put there cigarettes out on.
Some people said it wasn’t worth my time, its only a plywood body, its just a cheap Squier. I am really glad I didn’t listen to them. The neck is a solid maple neck, while at the time it might have been cheap, they are sought after for their sound now.
I finished converting it to fretless, including filling the slots, filled repaired and repainted the body. New electronics and some laser cut pick guards and it was like new.
As a bonus, here are some before shots.