Not sure about the black hardware. I kinda like the gold on the red.
I "cleaned" the body yesterday, with some alcoolic solution to degrease it.
Well... That bass sure has been gigged...
What annoys me the most is that the upper part of the body is a tiny bit "swollen", where the arm is resting. Like the sweat entered the body...(gross :-/)
I don't really know how to deal with this color-oiled finish. I hope I don't need to sand it, as the shape is not easy to sand evenly.
I'll try to clean it with a gentle brush.
My planned CS will get a natural oil finish and a design which will still look good with battle scars. You can´t gig such a bass without leaving marks. I still know how it was with the Stryker. These basses are HUGE. Turn three times on a small stage and you a least one time hit something with the fin.
That´s why: don´t mind the marks, gig the bass and add some more!
first, clean it with mineral spirits, that almost all previour wax or coating will gone.
then buy 80, 120, 160, 200 grid sandpaper and a sanding bloque or similar (a rectangular small wooden piece will do also)
Begin with the 80Gird, normally the colored oilfinish is not as really deep.
IMPORTANT: on flat surfaces like top and back, use a sanding bloque ! this is for preventing irregular sanding marks like hills and valleys
for the border use your hand or a rounded piece of wood
then go up with the more finer grid sandpaper..
the different grids are only to eliminate the previous scratches made from the rougher sandpaper before.
If you want to laquer the buzz so you can stop to sand after the 160 Grid.
For oiling and waxing finishes go further to 200 or 240...
intend to sand always in grain direction and not against, because sanding with the grain will produce smaller scratches as sanding against the graindirection