I have been thinking of getting my Warwick double buck refinished for over a year now, but...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Floppystrings, Jun 1, 2019.

  1. Floppystrings


    Apr 5, 2019
    Refinished in metal flake blue by Marty Bell. I am totally cool with the refinishing but I have a big worry.

    The wiring for this bass is insane. The fact that there are so many solder points has me worried. I went to the local guitar center and asked about the price of this and the guy said he would do it for $45 and I instantly offered $75 and showed him a picture of the wiring on my phone, and told him Warwick provides a diagram as well. He said it would be no problem but I have my doubts, I have wired pickups before but this thing is a spiders nest.

    The bass is in amazing condition, but the original trans red finish is rough, no deep wood damage or anything at all. It's the re-wiring is what I am nervous about.

    I feel like I am going to do it. But should I trust a guitar center tech to do everything as well as it is wired now? Does he even know that the pots need to be oriented correctly so the center "click" points are in the right spot?

    If anyone has any wiring wizard recommendations they could steer me to to I am all ears. It's like a mini amp kit inside this thing.
  2. wvbass

    wvbass Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2004
    West Virginia
    I suspect the majority opinion here is to find someone other than GC. Are you familiar with the reputation of the tech at your GC?
  3. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Bootlegger guitars : S.I.T. Strings Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2007
    Florida USA
    Curious as to why you’d have to rewire the entire system?
    Can’t you simply disconnect the pickups and ground wire, battery leads , then remove the entire harness from the bass in one shot?
    It seems like you wouldn’t need to disconnect more than four maybe five wires
  4. Floppystrings


    Apr 5, 2019
    Have a look. Two humbuckers, single coil, phase, and full HB mode each. four knobs, two switches, and a pull passive volume. It's a 2006 model btw.

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  5. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Bootlegger guitars : S.I.T. Strings Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2007
    Florida USA
    Yeah... have fun!

    Seriously though, it looks very busy but I think much of that can remain wired up
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  6. Gnal


    Apr 22, 2014
    It doesn’t look too bad, disconnect the pickups and jack everything else should be able to remain connected.

    Just make sure that you take a picture of the connections before desoldering and label the pickup cable.
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  7. Floppystrings


    Apr 5, 2019
    Yeah, it's a rough one for sure.

    You are in Daytona? I'm 30 minutes away in Edgewater, crazy.
  8. Floppystrings


    Apr 5, 2019
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  9. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Bootlegger guitars : S.I.T. Strings Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2007
    Florida USA
    If you don’t feel up to the task I’m sure that there’s qualified people in your area to handle it.
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  10. Floppystrings


    Apr 5, 2019
    Yeah, I'm willing to pay good too. I am so busy and get so much anxiety that a thing like this would be a good opportunity for a wizard to show up and offer service.

    I have been playing 23 years, I burned my hand with lead solder. I hate it. But then again, this is quite the task so...
  11. James Collins

    James Collins Guest

    Mar 25, 2017
    You don't need to rewire it. When you desolder the pickups and bridge ground (three wires), all you have to do is unscrew the nut holding the pots and switches in place and everything will come out in one piece. Then you only have to solder three wires.

    Also, you are overcomplicating this in your mind. This is pretty standard wiring with a preamp. It really isn't a nest unless all you have done is worked with passive systems.
  12. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Bootlegger guitars : S.I.T. Strings Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2007
    Florida USA
    If you can’t find anyone, my friend is located in palm coast and does great circuit work.
    Tell Jimmi that Les sent you
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  13. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Syracuse NY
    Endorsing artist: Dingwall Guitars
    Yeah, this isn't a complex wiring job. Any decent tech should be able to handle it.
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  14. Floppystrings


    Apr 5, 2019
    Thanks for the replies.

    I definitely over complicate things in my own head, guilty as charged. As someone mentioned before all I have wired is passive easy stuff. I am easily overwhelmed. Thanks Lesfunk.
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  15. mellowgerman

    mellowgerman Supporting Member

    Jan 23, 2008
    Orlando, FL
    Yeah, this should be easy for any experienced shop. However, I too would avoid having any Guitar Center "tech" touching my basses.
  16. If you have the schematic and all the parts, any qualified electronics technician can wire this for you.
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  17. Yeah I think it’s 5 wires. Still it’s nice to find a tech you can trust.
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  18. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    Yup, disconnect the pickups, and disconnect the jack, probably a bridge ground, and the whole preamp/pots/switches come out as one bundle.
    Nothing complicated about that.
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  19. Reedt2000

    Reedt2000 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
    Central New Jersey
    +1 to these.

    Not as bad as it looks, totally do-able at home. Should also be relatively routine for any tech who knows what they're doing.

    Whatever you decide, be sure to post pics of the re-fin here when you have it done :thumbsup:
  20. pedroims


    Dec 19, 2007
    Does Marty Bell offer to put the bass apart and put it back together? I know Pat Wilkins does, all you have to do is to the send the bass and he will do the rest.
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