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Friend's Warwick has wood splinters on neck?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by klaatu, Dec 1, 2017.


  1. klaatu

    klaatu

    Feb 12, 2010
    Southbridge MA
    From a friend who has a Warwick.

    ...I noticed tonight the neck on my Warwick seems to be splintering, and the wood on the fretboard has these small crevices, little cracks. There's noticeable lines in the grain, and some strange black spots?!
    I feel like it's falling apart. Have you ever heard of this?

    Sound like it could be fixed or is the neck wood just going bad? Thanks for any info.
     
  2. UNICORN BASS

    UNICORN BASS

    Feb 10, 2016
    Michigan USA
    Sounds like Bubinga to me. Fine sanding and bees wax should do it.
     
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  3. Doctor J

    Doctor J

    Dec 23, 2005
    It's a wenge neck. Yes, wax it and it will be fine.
     
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  4. klaatu

    klaatu

    Feb 12, 2010
    Southbridge MA
    Thanks for the replies and I'll pass it on to my friend.
     
  5. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    I'll second the suggestion that it's just typical behavior of a normal Warwick wenge neck (and definitely not bubinga).
     
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  6. mmbongo

    mmbongo Five Time World Champion Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Carolinas
    Yep, that's just Wenge. And quite the opposite of 'falling apart'. That neck will still be playable well after normal necks have dried up and blown away.



    wenge-endgrain-zoom.
     
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  7. UNICORN BASS

    UNICORN BASS

    Feb 10, 2016
    Michigan USA
    Sorry, i meant to say Wenge!
     
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  8. Warpeg

    Warpeg Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2005
    Ohio
    Yep, pretty typical of these necks. IMO, it's nothing to worry about if the splintering is small enough to be quick-sanded away. My old '98 Thumb's wenge neck had this issue in spots. I found that taking some light-grit sandpaper and oiling the area worked very well. Also, I found that my various wenge-neck Warwicks over the years really don't like low humidity. The 40-55% humidity range seemed to help keep splintering to a minimum.
     
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