Archive for the ‘Thunderstorm’ Category

Clear coating

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Clear coating Jerem\'ys bassIn this photo, Bill is applying a layer of clear coat to the bass guitar in STORM’s specially built paint room. On this particular guitar, we used Sherwin-Williams Ultra 7000 automotive paint and a matching clear coat. We selected this specific paint to achieve the look that the customer wanted. It’s a pearl white metalic paint with a nice depth to it. This paint is applied in an primmer, base coat, mid coat and clear coat format. Yes, it’s a complicated finish and that’s how we like to work. 

This finish material is not like your off-the-shelf spay can paint. It’s rather difficult to mix and handle. It also requires the use a NIOSH approved respirator. It’s nasty stuff to sniff, but its worth the effort.

Thick Stripe/Thin Stripe Wins

Saturday, October 25th, 2008

bass body and neck dryingWe proposed four possible styles of stripes for this custom bass. The customer chose the single thick stripe, single thin stripe design. It creates a good, balanced look for the guitar. Here’s the final product hanging in the paint room drying.

The next step will be to apply a tough, durable clear coat finish to protect the pearl paint. We’re anxious to see this instrument assembled with all of it’s gold hardware on. The pearl, maroon, gold combination should make this a very classy bass guitar.









What Style Stripes Should Go On Jeremy’s Bass?

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

Here’s a prime example of the way we work with customers on key decisions for their instruments. Jeremy told us that he wants a maroon stripe to compliment the pearl finish on his custom bass. The question is just what should the stripe look like? We’ve come up with a couple of options to start the discussion. None of these are likely to be the final design, but it’s easier to see what you don’t want than visualize exactly what you want. 

Post a comment an let us know which direction you think would work best. Of course, the customer will have the final say and we’ll post a photo showing his decision.

Bass Primed and Ready to Paint

Monday, September 29th, 2008


We have Jeremey’s bass all primed and ready to paint. It’s not quite as simple as it sounds, though. This body has about 12 coats of white primer on it. It was then wet sanded with 400 grit sandpaper until the finish is like porcelain. Paint never hides anything on guitars, but it will show even the smallest imperfection. Notice that we have a “working neck” on the body for this part of the process. It lets us handle the piece with ease and clamp it into our painting vice.

The next step will be to spray the pearl base and mid coats on. It’s getting exciting now! 

Jeremy’s Thunderstorm Bass is Underway

Sunday, September 28th, 2008

STORM has a great opportunity to work with an exciting bassist to create a custom Thunderstorm. We’ve been looking forward to building the instrument for a while. It’s going to be cool, no doubt about it!

Cutting Jeremy\'s Thunderstorm

Here we’re cutting the body out with the bandsaw. No, we don’t cut one handed, it just looks that way in this photo. At the customers request, this bass will be built with a solid maple body to get a crisp, brilliant tone.