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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?

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

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

Brass frets - Tape off fingerboard and use steal wool to clean off the tarnish?
Yup and don´t forget to cover your PU´s or they will end up full of that steel wool remains.

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?
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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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.
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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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.
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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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.
I´ve just wached a few videos about it and that´s interesting for sure. Living and learning :)
 
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