New Wishbass refinish.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by UNCLE SUSAN, Mar 2, 2018.



    Jan 8, 2017

    I just bought a new Wishbass off of ebay. It arrived roughly sanded, uneven bumpy neck with a slathered on tru oil coat, dings, and holes...perfect!

    What drew me to Wishbass was the fact that the ordered product is intended to be refinished or at least should be, which is perfect for me since I like refinishing instruments and have gotten a good technique down.

    Anyway here's what I've got so far:

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    Jan 8, 2017
    More progress. Note the first two battle scars from this project.

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  3. KInda wish they gave the option to order it without the finish etc - less stuff to strip off before you can actually get the bass in playable condition. Its a bit misleading - many buyer woukd think they are getting a finished bass.

    My friend bought a new Wishbass. Absolutely massive neck. Don’t think his had a truss rod. Can’t recall. Bass needed a lot of work to dial in.
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    Jan 8, 2017
    I mostly agree about the no finish thing but honestly it's a good guide during the refinish process. Since there are lots of bumps and whatnot in the finish that need to be sanded down it helps you to see what needs to be sanded down and how far. It's hard to tell what part of the wood needs to be sanded unless you can catch it in the right light or keep spraying it with alcohol.
    You can order them unfinished/unrouted if you order it custom I believe.

    No truss rod but really you don't need one. I power sanded the neck and took off about 20% (guessing) of the girth of it and while it still feels like grabbing a baseball bat it is super comfortable. I profiled the neck like like an over curved number '7', in that the top bout is straigter that comes to a nice muted point but then swings downward and has a nice rounded curve. Fits perfectly now and will be super comfortable to play.
  5. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    I did the same thing. Mine was a "Peanut", i recall, and I smoothed it out and re-did it with Birchwood Casey Tru-Oil gunstock finish. I was able to order it with no finish, and no electronics routing.
  6. Honk


    Mar 26, 2018
    Vienna, Austria
    Hi Uncle Susan,
    At first I‘m glad to read about people who don‘t call Wishbasses just poopie - as most bassplayer do in Europe - 99.9% of them never saw a Wish „live“ or already played one. So far so bad - anyway.
    My question here: why did you kill the 3rd octave of your fretboard?


    Jan 8, 2017
    I just didn't see the need. I play on the upper registers but in that area it just tends to plink* without any note retention. Almost done with the refinish as well, will post pictures shortly.
  8. Eilif

    Eilif Grooving under the MDW runway.

    Oct 1, 2001
    Really good work Unc. You're really elevating that one.

    Wish basses can be ordered unfinished. Most folks buy them finished of eBay though as it's usually cheaper. Wish does custom work but many folks have found it more reliable to buy something already built.

    I agree that they tend to require some work and redoing the finish improves it allot. However the oft repeated idea that they are "intended to be refinished" is an invention of wishbass fans. It's not something that Wishnevsky has advocated.

    Wish simply builds a very crude product but prices it low . Thus many folks are willing to accept or correct its flaws.

    All that said it must be noted that he has improved over the years many times fixing up a wish can yield a very nice result. I've played Wish basses that were pretty poor and some that are rather nice especially after upgrade.
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    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Supporting Member

    That's unique for sure, enjoy!


    Jan 8, 2017
    That's what I've noticed about the quality from other's entries on TB or where Wish has a following...or just random blogs. This one shines like a Werthers Original. Hahaha
  11. Honk


    Mar 26, 2018
    Vienna, Austria
    Hi Ashtray,
    You should play „mine“ - concerning the playability, the action and the sound.
    Beeing honest - although I sand the bodies down to 600 (the true-oiled Fretboards to 1200)
    I don‘t really care too much of the dings and dongs. But one thing I can‘t stand is when Steve kind a fills the wormholes - I make them visible as you can see and fill it with epoxy (sanded down to 600) - it really looks kinda strange! Before - after. Enjoy the look, it‘s like hologram.... 923ECCA2-6CFB-4EEA-A62F-586180AB73C7.jpeg 1EC0A25C-E31E-4AA2-AD50-42F8CD270168.jpeg
  12. Errr... OK. No offence meant, it was supposed to get a laugh or two. Mission failed!

    Enjoy the Wish, looks like you put some serious work in :thumbsup:
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  13. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    There is something familiar about you


    Jan 8, 2017
    I mean, it's ok. I thought it was hideous too when I first saw it on eBay but every time I saw it on my watch list I grew to appreciate it's wonky appearance, now I'm in love with it. The feel, the tone, the dictionary thickness of the neck... It just sucks when someone criticizes your work for no reason other than to raz, and believe me I put a lot of work into it. It may be ugly but it's mine.
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  15. @Honk
    When I posted about my Wish Lobes on the folks were very supportive :) Mind you normally all I post about is Peaveys :D


    Jan 8, 2017
    Ahhh, Peavey...fond memories. First 'real' bass was a Grind 5 BXP. Also, our cats are our profile pics. Hahaha
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  17. A fine bass, the Grind BXP. Can you spot mine ?
    Peavey 51 club .jpg
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  18. Honk


    Mar 26, 2018
    Vienna, Austria
    65F66A6B-AF6B-421A-B540-9C5C44FAFD6B.png 42E0F8EB-8C13-426F-A566-56D05158D967.jpeg Hey everybody,
    Let‘s cool down. Although I don‘t appreciate these kind jokes - I‘ll survive that one.
    So I show you another Lobe, bloodwood 5, with flats, delano PU etc. and no worms! Except the spaulted maple lobe (see pic) one there‘s no other wormy one out of my about 15 refined lobes. The front one of my avatar is a solid jatoba one and and and...
    See, I‘m old enough to handle „boorishness“.
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  19. Honk


    Mar 26, 2018
    Vienna, Austria
    ....looks familiar. Isn‘t there anyone who tells you, „isn‘t it enough already?“....
    Nice pic!
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  20. Thankfully "no". Frog Monkey ,my ginger tom cat, has the deciding vote and he's yet to complain :)

    BTW are you " mirobas" ?
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