NBD: Firemist Silver Jazz Bass

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NBD: Firemist Silver Jazz Bass

Post by N0_Camping4U » Sun Jul 10, 2016 10:04 am

So, there I was about a year ago doing what we all do late at night when no-one is watching us.... Yeah, you know what I'm talking about. We all do it. Look at dirty, filthy guitar pictures which fills us with lust.

I came across a picture of what was a firemist silver bass... then a Jaguar... then another bass.. then a tele.. My search bar was quickly filling up with 'firemist silver ______'. You know that special feeling you get when you see something and you gotta have it no matter if you have to give up your kidney? I had that.

I'm actually a bassist first, and a guitarist second - I had a fretless Jazz bass I picked up for 300 bucks 4 or 5 years ago because it was cheap and I needed a fretless. I just never bonded with the olympic white. I knew it would be getting the refinish treatment.

So, I began to search around who could do a refinish. I was very worried I would find someone and get it back and it would look like Ice Blue Metallic. Curtis Novak's got a code for Firemist Silver but it looked like IBM to me. Other refin guys I talked to had no pictures of their FMS, so I ruled them out. I had seemingly given up because I didn't want to gamble and get her back and it look like IBM.



Eventually, of all places, I found someone here who had done a refinish in FMS. Yup, right here - our friend Jazzprod. Check out his website: http://www.deepseatguitars.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

So, the bass started out it's life looking like this. This was right before I sent it off to Daniel/Jazzprod:
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Looked okay, nothing special. Soon she was off to Jazzprod for the refinish. Jazzprod sent me pictures along the way, we talked the whole time about the process, coloring, the weather, etc. A couple of months later she arrived. It was stunning. I was in awe when I opened the box. Maybe it was the paint but I got an exhilarating high off of just unearthing her from the box. Here are the outside pictures of her after she was fully assembled:

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Here she is resting on the couch with my favorite strap which happens to match her very well:

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Inspiration:
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Final product:

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Looks stunningly similar! The Firemist Silver turned out perfect. There are subtle hints of blue, green, and silver. It changes colors depending on light and angle. Everyone who sees it asks me about the color and gives it compliments.

Daniel/Jazzprod really knocked it out of the park. He also stained the back of the neck, which came out perfect. I just realized I don't have any pictures of the back of the neck in my phone from outside, but it looks very nice - Especially compared to the rather pale neck it had before.

I changed out the knobs for witch hats, put white pickup covers on there, (I know - I'm the only one who thinks those changes look cool, apparently! ) I put some Curtis Novak Jazz Bass pickups in there with some extra lows for added oomph, upgraded the tone capacitor, added a neck shim + a slight nut shim, and added a periodically correct 1965 Fender decal to the matching headstock. She plays like butter. It went from being my relegated instrument that rarely got played to my most prized possession.

Thanks to Daniel/Jazzprod for the hard work and for being a cool guy - he also just finished up doing basically everything for me on a Fender XII build - future thanks for that! He actually finished this Jazz bass for me awhile ago I just hadn't had the time to upload it. Thanks again Daniel, and to the great forum and collection of people here that made this happen and put up with some nooby questions I probably asked.
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Re: NBD: Firemist Silver Jazz Bass

Post by theletterJ » Sun Jul 10, 2016 10:32 am

Woah, that looks sharp! Congrats on the upgrade. Don't worry, you're not the only one who likes those changes! I love love love white pickup covers on Jazz basses, I used to have one myself with a similar cover/knob setup. Are the pickguard/plate screws gold? That's a nice touch!

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Re: NBD: Firemist Silver Jazz Bass

Post by thenewromance » Sun Jul 10, 2016 10:57 am

Whoa, that looks great! Too few Jazz Basses on here all the time, anyway!

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Re: NBD: Firemist Silver Jazz Bass

Post by Shadoweclipse13 » Sun Jul 10, 2016 11:34 am

New color with the white pickup covers makes it look Science-Fiction-y! Love it!
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Re: NBD: Firemist Silver Jazz Bass

Post by mcjt » Sun Jul 10, 2016 12:10 pm

that is nothing short of fucking awesome!

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Re: NBD: Firemist Silver Jazz Bass

Post by spacecadet » Sun Jul 10, 2016 6:39 pm

As an owner of an FMS Jazzmaster, I will say that looks dead on.

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Re: NBD: Firemist Silver Jazz Bass

Post by antisymmetric » Sun Jul 10, 2016 8:37 pm

Congrats on the fine-looking bass, but I have to ask about that strap- who made it/ where'd you get it? :-*
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Re: NBD: Firemist Silver Jazz Bass

Post by mackerelmint » Sun Jul 10, 2016 8:48 pm

Fantastic! It really is one of the best colors.
This is an excellent rectangle

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Re: NBD: Firemist Silver Jazz Bass

Post by crankheart » Mon Jul 11, 2016 5:20 am

This is so spaceage-y and great!

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Re: NBD: Firemist Silver Jazz Bass

Post by N0_Camping4U » Mon Jul 11, 2016 1:54 pm

Howdy all, thank you for the kind words. Glad everyone thinks she looks as cool as I do! I see the space age/science fiction look to it - though I had never seen it before you guys' said it! I'm relieved to know someone out there thinks the white pickup covers/knobs look cool. When Daniel/Jazzprod posted the bass on his facebook there were comments like: ew needs black pickup covers.

And to TheletterJ: Yup. I put gold screws around the pickguard/plates of all my instruments. It's some weird thing I did a long time ago because I was one screw short on a pickguard... But I had a whole package of unused gold. Now all my guitars/bass' pickguard/plates are enveloped in gold screws.

The strap is awesome. I got it from https://reverb.com/shop/coolstraps-cust" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; ... tar-straps a number of years ago. They are a little pricey but they're sweet. Very high quality, and comfortable. My girlfriend made fun of the strap when she caught me staring at it... But when she saw it she admitted it was nice. I get complimented on the strap every time I play out. The person who I got it from is incredibly nice, a year after I got the card he/she sent a hand written letter thanking me and wishing me a Merry Christmas.
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Re: NBD: Firemist Silver Jazz Bass

Post by Shadoweclipse13 » Mon Jul 11, 2016 3:19 pm

N0_Camping4U wrote:...there were comments like: ew needs black pickup covers.
Probably from the same people who think that EVERYTHING needs tort ;) :D Black pickup covers look good sometimes, but I think they're too generic honestly.
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Re: NBD: Firemist Silver Jazz Bass

Post by triviani » Tue Jul 12, 2016 3:35 am

That's an awesome looking fretless!! :-* :-*
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Re: NBD: Firemist Silver Jazz Bass

Post by amv » Tue Jul 12, 2016 9:38 am

Is this a MIJ Jazz Bass by any chance?

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Re: NBD: Firemist Silver Jazz Bass

Post by N0_Camping4U » Tue Jul 12, 2016 11:29 am

It is a MIJ Jazz bass! A very fine instrument. Very early 90's. I only took off the neck once, I want to say it was a 90 or a 93 for some reason.
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Re: NBD: Firemist Silver Jazz Bass

Post by Rebel » Fri Jul 15, 2016 7:16 am

This might be the best looking bass I have ever seen. Wow.

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