Care of new (to me) Warwick Thumb?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by kesmit, Feb 23, 2017.

  1. kesmit


    Feb 16, 2011
    I recently picked up a 2005 Warwick Thumb 5 BO with an Ovangkol neck and body, and a Wenge fretboard. This thing looks practically new, but it seems like the wood is rather dry. It has a natural finish, but it doesn't seem like it is waxed which I thought all natural finish Warwicks were. Should I be waxing this bass?

    Warwick Thumb BO 5-String 2005
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  2. When you change the strings, It is a good idea to wax it. If not every change, at least every couple. This will prevent the finish from wearing.
  3. TMARK


    Jan 10, 2012
    Richmond VA
    Wax it up with a beeswax furniture wax. Pure beeswax. Don't need to bother with the Warwick branded stuff.
  4. mmbongo

    mmbongo Regular Human Bartender Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Definitely wax the body but NOT the fingerboard. I use the 'lemon oil' specfically made for fingerboards. I've used Dunlop, D'Addario, and PRS oils and they all work fine.

    Here's the manual if you need it.
  5. The Wenge boards definitely dont need much care. I dont think I ever oiled mine in the five years I have my Corvette six string.
  6. denhou1974


    Mar 6, 2008
    I clean the frets with brass polish. Make sure you don't get any on the fretboard.

    Dunlop lemon oil on the board.

    I tried Howards' wax and feed. Looks shiny but didn't seal the body like I wanted. Went back to beeswax. Don't neglect the body because it could start to splinter.
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