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Warwick "rusty" finish?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by GlassOnion, Nov 21, 2012.

  1. GlassOnion

    GlassOnion Bologna and cheese Gold Supporting Member

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    I browsed a while looking for some information on what exactly the Warwick rusty finish is. It says covered in iron and rusted. Ok so after a short google search and poking around here there is no info on the process or how heavy the iron layer is. Does anyone have any experience or first hand knowledge on what this is? I really like the look and have an hour + to drive to see one. The weight might stop me before I leave the house. Anyone out there some insight or a link?

    http://www.warwickbass.com/modules/produkte/produkt.php?submenuID=14667&katID=24177&cl=EN
  2. gordon5377

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    OK, I'll take a stab at it.

    First, I think that they (Warwick) would have considered the weight and would not have done something deliberately that would make the bass uncomfortable to wear. Just a guess, but I think they probably applied a thin coating of powdered metal (PM) on the bass. They may have used a super light adhesive or applied the PM to the base coat while it was still wet. Then, they either A) put the body in a humid or damp climate and let nature take its course inducing the rust on the PM or, B) applied some chemical to initiate the oxidation process. I am not sure of this since wood and humidity usually do not mix but that's all I have right now. Anyway, once they get the desired level of oxidation, they spray poly over it sealing out oxygen and thus stopping most of the rusting process.

    Like I said, just a guess. It's a rather unique idea, and a very cool look. I'd be interested in how it sounds. You should ask someone - if you make the drive to see one - if they know how it's done. I'm sure they have been asked before and maybe they have the scoop. :confused:

    Good luck!!
  3. GlassOnion

    GlassOnion Bologna and cheese Gold Supporting Member

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    Totally gave me some confidence to make the drive. I have been absolutely smitten with this finish. I think it will make a great addition to the collection. I am so curious to see it in person but have a feeling once I do, my bank account will see a drop. Of all the instruments I own, never once has my lady said "that is beautiful", and in the case of the rusty finish, she said that.
    It would be my guess the information on how the process is done is proprietary and this is why it is not floating around, readily available. I would personally love to see a you tube video of the process but I can dream.

    Thanks mate for taking the time to drop a line.
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    Seems like I remember seeing a video of the process a while back. I'll see if I can find it.
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    This is the video I was thinking about, don't know if it will help though.

  6. Marial

    Marial Proud Papa-to-be Supporting Member

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    That is an amazingly cool finish... Saved for whenever I get a custom done...
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    Marco Hietala of Nightwish/Tarot has a Buzzard in this finish and it looks amazing, but he has said that it's very heavy compared to his Infinity and Vampyre basses (I know the Infinity is hollow/semi-hollow but the Vampyre looks pretty heavy). But this may be more to do with the size of the Buzzard than anything caused by the finish.
  8. WarwickOfficial

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    Thanks for the input. The finish is very thin and does not add any extra weight. Its coated with genuine iron, then a few chemicals are used to oxidize the metal. Its then given a clear coat, so that the rust doesn't discolor your clothing! It is possible to stick a magnet to the finish...very cool! Please let me know if you have any questions or need assistance in any way.

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  9. gordon5377

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    I love it when I'm right! :D

    I have access to some powdered metal if anyone wants to give this a try. Not sure what chemicals they use but I will talk to a metallurgist to find out.
  10. GlassOnion

    GlassOnion Bologna and cheese Gold Supporting Member

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    I just talked to my local shop. The streamer they have is 9.1lbs. I am waiting back to see if they accept my offer then possibly putting the kid in the car seat and off to the west side.

    Before I was done typing this they accepted my offer.

    I am off to pick it up at 1:30.

    Photos to follow.
  11. Marial

    Marial Proud Papa-to-be Supporting Member

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  12. M.R. Ogle

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    That does look cool. Reminds me of the Trussart basses.

    So, is this the ultimate in electronic shielding?
  13. gordon5377

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    NICE!
    Congrats on your NBD!! Pics please!! And if it's not too much trouble some details on tone, playability, ...

    Wow, just did some searching and they only made 11 of these? Very cool, indeed.
  14. WarwickOfficial

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    Yes, congratulations, indeed! Please keep us posted with photos of your new acquisition! Thanks...
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    Now that's just plain awesome!
  16. Epitaph04

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    Almost looks like a Steve Bailey sig!
  17. WarwickOfficial

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    Good eye Epitaph04! It IS a Steve Bailey signature model!
  18. GlassOnion

    GlassOnion Bologna and cheese Gold Supporting Member

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    So after getting it home and giving it a furious 10 minutes, throwing different styles at it, this guitar sings (having a two year old unattended isn't a pleasant feeling to get lost jamming out). I was not sure what to think of double buck pup set up prior to plugging in, but in all honesty its versatility is amazing. It really can pull jazz bass tones, musicman-esque tones, modern vibe, to p bass thump. I wont be able to really get acquainted with the guitar till after turkey day is over. But initial feelings are very positive. The craftsmanship is beautiful. Balances very well strapped up, just sits in place really. MUCH lighter than anticipated, scale weighs in at 9.1#. The photos were taken outside with the sun dropping fast. It actually photographs better in low light. The sun just kinda makes the different nuances disappear. This is a total keeper. Thanks Warwick!!! Bravo!!!

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