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How to apply the Warwick wax to your bass?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by bass element, Jan 3, 2005.


  1. how much should i put on? wut should i use to apply it with? where all do i put it on the body?
    thanx.
     
  2. fastplant

    fastplant

    Sep 26, 2002
    Connecticut
    I probably do it wrong, but I take a washcloth, put a little bit on and work it in, adding more as I go. Let it sit for a few minutes then rub it off.
     
  3. bluemonk

    bluemonk

    Dec 17, 2002
    Michigan
    That sounds familiar. And when you get tired of doing it, think of it as...meditation. Or your special time with your Warwick.
     
  4. Whafrodamus

    Whafrodamus

    Oct 29, 2003
    Andover, MA
    That's what I do. Put A LOT on everywhere but the fretboard. I wipe it off after a few minutes of letting it sit. It looks yummy.
     
  5. ok sounds good so far. so you take a fair amount of wax with a wash cloth. do you need to rub it in hard or just kinda slide it over? then let it sit for a few minutes then wipe it off. but do you put sum on the back of the neck and body? and how often do u do this?

    thanx again guys. i'm just trying to take real good care of my new warwick thumb. sry if these are dumb questions.
     
  6. bluemonk

    bluemonk

    Dec 17, 2002
    Michigan
    You don't need to rub it in hard. Smear some all over the body and let the wood decide how much it wants. Then, wipe the rest off. You can kind of rub harder at this point, to create a bit of a shine. I don't put it on the back of the neck because I don't want to risk any gookiness, but I don't really know. Don't put it on the fretboeard, though. And don't get any on your strings.
     
  7. way i always clean up my friends warwick that i setup for him, all the time..


    Get the wax, smear it on the body and neck, and use a kids toothbrush (the brisels are very soft) and work the wax in, followin the directions of the grain... no pressure needed really.. this works the dirt out of the grain,

    Rub off with a clean cloth and then apply a little (and i mean a little) LemOil to the body, rub it in wiith another cloth, leave for 15mins and wipe off any that hasnt seeped in, this will conidtion the wood as well...

    Perfect... :oops:)
     
  8. sounds good guys. thanx a bunch for the help. :D
     
  9. I agree with everything above - I've been looking after my lovely Thumb like this for 14 years and it's never looked nicer ;) - but I got a good bit of advice from my luthier pal Jeff Chapman the other day, and he said that when you use a cloth make sure it's a very old, obviously clean , one because newish rags may abrase if the material is at all new - wash an old t-shirt (or simialar) to make sure the material is very soft indeed.

    I do actually put wax on my fingerboard - which is not necessarily something that everyone would be into - but as the wax also cleans the crud that gets left behind by hours of playing and sweat (yum...) the fingerboard is obviously a place where this can get really yukky. But like others have said above - rub on a thin layer - leave it for a few minutes (5 mins is cool) then start to gently clean it off. YOu can give it a good rub once you've got the majority of the wax off and when you really shine it up the wood should look about ten time nicer - people have asked me about this before and my one bit of advice is to think of how long you will own this guitar and how you want it to look in ten years time - if you take care of it, then there's no reason why it can't look as good as new, but with the added bonus of aged wood - it should look even better. :hyper:

    M

    IE:

    <img src=http://www.munkio.com/music/warwick%20pics/bass_face_on2.jpg>
     
  10. eric atkinson

    eric atkinson "Is our children learning "Is our teachers teachin

    Feb 4, 2001
    Joplin,Missouri
    Yep also been doing it for years! Then after i am done with my warwick i have to do the same thing to my spector but with bowling alley wax
     
  11. dave_clark69

    dave_clark69 Guest

    Jan 17, 2003
    You should give it a good clean under the frets too. Also, look on the lush thumb ^above^. There is a slight pace between the different parts of the bridge. That doesnt get dirty, but it is still good to wax it up. if you look on the tin it talks about building up a layer of wax, so it may look slightly lighter than the rest of the bass.