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Discussion in 'Bass Hardware, Setup & Repair' started by Marcoelwray, Dec 6, 2018.

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Could you be interested in a refin of your beloved Warwick?

  1. Hell Yeah, How Much?

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  2. Yes, why not? Does it worth it?

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  3. Not sure about that, you need to tell me more.

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  4. Not likely. Why spent money in a working bass?

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  5. Never. I love all the flaws in the wood. That's its life.

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  1. Marcoelwray

    Marcoelwray Supporting Member Good Vibe Sponsor

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    is, for me, to refin a Warwick. I offer my services for not much money, I just started this activity.

    If someone is interested, just contact me (if you're not in US, unless you cover shipment), it's far from a buisness, it's like the title says so.

    Here's a video of my latest refin (after my Thumb) which is now totally complete. Unfortunately, I'm unable to make good pictures.

    This streamer had scratches, heavy ones, lighter ones, pickups were grey-ish, frets were like green/Brown.

    I especially love older ones, because I think about the people who made it beforeā€¦ Who they was, do they love their job? I'm good at this, at least better than building basses, If you have a favourite instrument (Warwick oiled) which is loved but maybe abused, I can help you.

     
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    Florin Warwick Forum Administrator Supporting Member

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    Hell yeah! So, you actually build basses from scratch, right?
    So you can also:
    - Replace TR for newer, volute neck Warwicks?
    - fix cracked back of the neck
    - refret
    - fix twisted neck
    - convert to or from fretless with ebony board

    oh, I almost forgot... LEDS!!!! do you retrofit LEDs? :)
     
  3. Marcoelwray

    Marcoelwray Supporting Member Good Vibe Sponsor

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    - Never replaced a truss. Doesn't scare me.
    - I'm the crack of the cracks!
    - I hate that but I know where to buy Simtoms Brass fretd and install them.
    - Twisted neck, that's more difficult...
    - yes Fretless conversion
    - Never done LEDs before... But I'm an electronic engineer so it might be possible
     
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    jester Moderator Moderator

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    I know what you mean 100%. It's like psychotherapy. :)
     
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    hmm I'm so torn about my Thumb NT6 whether to refin or not. It's a 94 so golden era and it does have some buckle rash and a few drop marks but otherwise is a really nice dark thick layer of wax and it has obviously been looked after. I know that a refin could make it really pop but I can't figure if dark mojo or virgin bubinga is better...I even have all the sandpaper here from my ongoing fretless conversion so I just don't know. Great vid by the way and I could work on guitars as a hobby forever and ever. One day when I am old and retire I might do refin and fix up beaters. So I get what your saying.

    Good luck and enjoy next one
     
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  6. Florin

    Florin Warwick Forum Administrator Supporting Member

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    IIRC, each time you refinish the bubinga body it goes even darker. It looks lighter when you sand it, but it goes dark again when you aplpy wax, and IIRC even darker.
     
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    Marcoelwray Supporting Member Good Vibe Sponsor

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    What is IIRC?

    Save the Bubinga and refin this Thumb.

    What I hate the most is that "stucked in the wood wax", plus the places where your hands polish the wood.... I want it smooth, uniform.
     
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    Florin Warwick Forum Administrator Supporting Member

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    "if I remember correctly" :)
     
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    I would like your advice on something. Say I have this wenge board with frets on it, and after quite some work with the frets (leveling, crowning) the board is left with many marks from sandpapers, files, etc. What would you do to restore it to optimal condition? The problem is the frets get in the way so you can't sand the whole length of the board easily like with a fretless. The problem is particularly near the frets where it's harder to reach for cleaning. Your ideas/procedures?
     
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    Marcoelwray Supporting Member Good Vibe Sponsor

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    Hi Jester
    By the past I made the same mistake. You have two choices here: remove the frets and work on the fretboard, then put new frets (if it's old thin flat WW frets, not the best option here)
    The other is a painful and long process I've done recently in my Streamer... Depending on the condition (photo?) It might be long or even longer. Basically it is simple sanding with different methods, but working mm by mm, I have not yet a miracle solution. Depending on your whereabouts, I can help you with that.
    I don't mind sharing my methods but they vary depending the work to do, and it could be very long to describe in text.
    Anyway I'd be happy to help.
     
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