I've traded my german (not rockbass) warwick corvette standard 5 string for the exact same model. This one has a much nicer neck and it was an even trade. The only problem is that it has this god awful, embarrassing as f*ck, DIY blue stain that never sunk in and spray lacquer finish all over it! GROSS!
On this fine Saturday afternoon, while I should be outside exercising, I am taking off this horrible finish and restoring the bass to it's former glory: Original lem-oil and beeswax. Classic.
There's also a very depressing attempt at an inlaid straplock on the back which I intend to remove and fill with wood filler and color with a furniture touch up pen. I imagine it won't look very good but we can't always get what we want. It's on the back of the bass anyway.
I've consulted two luthiers and a charming home depot employee as I do not have the money to pay a professional. They've all said the same thing: complete disassembly--> light/medium sanding-->chemical stripper (haha)-->lacquer thinner (only if I absolutely need it)-->clean up with heavily diluted dish soap and sponge-->very very light sanding-->lemon oil-->beeswax
I'm using all proper safety equipment, nitrile gloves, safety goggles, mask, well ventilated area and all that.
I'll post pictures and commentary as I go along. I'm 20 years old and have no experience with this.
Encourage me or laugh at me for being such a dumb ass. Your choice
Here goes nothing! Here's the bass as I received it in the trade.