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Giving My Corvette Proline New Life

Discussion in 'Bass Hardware, Setup & Repair' started by madmortar, Jun 20, 2019.

  1. madmortar

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    Hey Guys,
    So I own a 2002 Warwick Profile 4 string. I used it pretty much daily for around 10 years while I was playing in a number of bands. Since 2014 my job moved we around the country and add a few kids into the mix, well i have not had much time to play.
    I am finally at a spot in my life where I can start picking it up a few times a week but it needs some attention and cleaning. Can you guys give me your best advise on the below? I know a good set up and new strings are in order but I want to try and freshen up the wood and hardware.

    Body - Its blue in color so I think it just needs lemon oil to clean it up?

    Neck - I noticed that the top and middle of the neck are very smooth and have a satin sheen to them but the bottom of the neck feels dry and no pop, almost like the finish is gone? Would a simple cleaning with lemon oil help bring it back to life? Or i have heard of people using gun cleaner to help polish it back up and re hydrate.

    Fingerboard - Lemon oil?

    Brass frets - Tape off fingerboard and use steal wool to clean off the tarnish?

    Hardware - It has gold hardware and its very dirty full of grime. Any cleaners out there that will make it look new again without stripping off the color? Also, if i were to remove the bridge for a deep cleaning....do those parts need to be re-installed at a specific torque? Or just handtighten everyhing back down to the body of the bass?

    Thanks!!
     
  2. A.G.E.N.T.E.

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    I guess you need to know what kind of finish does your bass have. Lemon oil on the body? never used that. maybe a fresh coat of wax or maybe just a good cleaning with some standard furniture dust cleaner...again depends on the finish . Maybe some pictures will help.

    Natural oil finish? maybe just a new coat of wax will bring it back to life
    That will work

    Yup and don´t forget to cover your PU´s or they will end up full of that steel wool remains.

    For deep cleaning i would remove the top part of the bridge and give it a good cleaning with mild water and neutral soap not to damage the gold finish. An old thooth brush can be usefull here. ( beware not to loose any of those small screws or sadles) After that, some WD40 (or similar) to lubricate and prevent corrosion
    And yes , you can do it all by hand.
     
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    For cleaning the frets, this is the thing to use:

    Gorgomyte Fret And Fingerboard Conditioner

    No taping, no mess, and works like a champ. The cloth will turn black as it removes the oxidation, so you need to keep folding/repositioning the cloth as you go.

    I would use a fretboard conditioner on the fretboard wood. I use this:

    Fretboard Cleaner and Conditioner - F-ONE Oil for Rosewood, Ebony, Maple - MusicNomad - Music Nomad

    According to Warwick, if there is a color on the body, then it is sealed, and all you need to use is a good quality cleaner. This is a good choice:

    Guitar Cleaner and Detailer for Gloss and Satin Finishes - MusicNomad - Music Nomad

    After having corrosion issues on the hardware on some of my basses, I started using this:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003AJWN62/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    All of these products are available from numerous retailers.
    Good luck with your restoration!
     
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    Awesome! Thank you both for your advice.
    Yes, the finish is sealed, it is Ocean Blue Oil finish.

    For the dry part of my neck, would I use any of those a/m products?

    Someone on this forum mentioned Birchwood Casey Stock & Sheen Conditioner for hydrating the wood
     
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    The wax is mainly to protect the parts you touch frequently........like the tuners and knobs. But I still apply it to all the metal hardware. The trick is to use it VERY sparingly, and just apply a thin film on the bridge. So after you do all the other hardware and there is only a residue left on the cloth, then you wipe the bridge.
     
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    Sorry @kimgee , but i can`t see the point of adding wax to the hardware. AFAIK , there´s nothing there to prevent corrosion of metal pieces. Plus, the majority of the beeswax available have solvents added to facilitate it´s use. I wouldn`t aply that , specially to gold hardware.
     
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    If you look at the link for the wax, it's not beeswax. This wax was originally developed by a museum for preservation purposes, and it does a good job of that.
     
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    I´ve just wached a few videos about it and that´s interesting for sure. Living and learning :)
     
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