@howard: It wasn’t that hard using my wife’s 300w heat gun, but it did take some time to figure out the technique. When you heat the vinyl you can stretch it around a corner. If you get wrinkles you can lift it, heat it again it will shrink back to it’s original shape and you can try again this time pulling from a different angle. Also I didn’t go that far from the top of the body which made it easier than if I’d have tried to wrap more around the sides.
If you’re interested, this is the video I learned the technique from and, although my vinyl was much thicker, it worked quite well.
@Vik: Yeah, I wouldn’t start out modding your main bass, but if you keep your eyes peeled you can find a lot of used ones very cheep (<$50) on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace, sometimes even Ebay if you can catch an auction with no bidders because the poster spelled bass as base.
@PeteP: Good idea on learning how to play first. You’d be astonished by the number of builders in the CBG community that don’t actually play, which boggles my mind… how can you set up an instrument without knowing what feels good in a musician’s hands. If you’re ever considering buying a homemade instrument, sight unseen, your first question to the builder should be “Do you play?” and if the answer is no… keep shopping.
As for sealing the vinyl, it’s not necessary, this is heavy duty stuff used for cars, it has a transparent top layer built in. I might clear coat it anyway though just to get more illusion of depth.
@joergkutter: No worries, it’ll be done by the 4th of July. In fact I might even finish 10 or 11 months early.
@Jazzbass19: Thanks man! But really it’s just trial and error, with a healthy dose of troubleshooting because I have a lot of “Oh shit!” moments that I have to recover from… or what I like to call Spontanious and Unintended Design Elements. lol
What I’m hoping to convey is that it’s less about talent and more about Just Do It! (Please don’t sue me Nike!)