Frightening To Consider: 20th Stingray 5
Because it hung in pretty much a direct route from an air conditioner vent (duh – I know, I know), the clearcoat around the neck pocket dried out a bit. And it lifted. So there’s an area surrounding the neck pocket that is just not right. I am definitely not skilled in such things, so let’s not even imagine that I could fix it. I can’t. So I’m considering some options.
1. Strip it, take the heat gun and just go for it, and maybe paint it in some vaguely ‘bovine’ paint scheme. It has a veneer on the front and is black as night on the back and I’ve never tried anything like that before….anyone ever take a veneer off? I suppose proper heat and a scraper would do that, right? The body is also bound. What happens to the binding?
2. Find someone who is skilled at such repairs and bite the bullet. This is probably the least likely at this point because I’m addicted to my Aqua Sparkle SR5 Special and I’m trying to get it down to just one Stingray 5. The new one really ticks all the boxes, so let’s say that this is really the least likely option.
3. Disclose the issue and sell it for a loss. These were pretty spendy back then but it’s not going to sell for what one without issues would. I don’t know – 900 dollars? It’s still a perfectly functional Stingray 5, mahogany tone block, single H. It SOUNDS fabulous.
Opinions, thoughts, rants? I’m not easily offended, but don’t give me crap about hanging it in the wrong place – I already know that!
When it was new:
Now it is not new: