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NOBD! Warwick content.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JonKim, Aug 25, 2012.

  1. JonKim

    JonKim Supporting Member

    Nov 15, 2011
    Well I got this bass in eBay couple months and it was a transparent teal. Very beautiful color but the bass had minor flaws that irked me and I wanted to refinish it to an original natural oil finish.
    Bass is an 1988 Warwick streamer bass. Cherry body and wenge neck. Lovely 1.5" jazz width neck and a very thin comfy neck all around. I wanted to feel that wenge underneath my hands!

    Here it is before:




    Work in progress






    Alright the day everyone has been waiting for!!

    First off I would I like to thank Joey! (Mr.Bassie) from this forum. He has been a great friend ever since our first transaction on talkbass. Some of you might know him and he is an avid spector fan (now a spector endorsee!!)
    Through Joey and his connections we were able to get this Warwick refinished correctly.
    Chris Bavaria (Guitar Finisher for PRS for 17 years) did the refinish and Phil Jacoby? (joey can correct me on the names) of Philtone guitars did the disassemble and reassembly of the bass. Also rerouted a new battery box, did the set up and cleaned up all the hardware and frets.
    Both companies did their jobs to the tee! The bass looks spectacular and I cannot even tell that the bass was refinished.

    A little history on the bass. Chris found a crack by the control cavity that Warwick fixed during production. (I believe that is why they painted this bass blue to start with) If there were no crack, you had to be on crack not to finish this bass in natural to show off the beautiful grains of the cherry and wenge!
    We found out the bass was produced in 1988. A rare specimen with both cherry/wenge and 2 piece bridge!

    Some things that caught their eyes were that the original just-a-nut has seen better days so the set up, while perfect, can be done a better way once my new nut comes in. (just-a-nut 3 brass on its way!) Phil had to adjust the bridge a bit higher than the norm to make up for the very low nut height.

    Also there is one more person to thank! Florin from the warwick forums. Without him we would not have done the oil finish correctly as warwick. There are many different ways of doing it but I wanted that oem warwick feel so Joey, Chris went the extra mile to make sure they get the secret from Warwick!

    Heres the pics!! Photos really cant capture the beauty but heres the icing on the cake!!




















  2. Means2nEnd

    Means2nEnd Supporting Member

    Stunning man turned out killer. That neck is making me drool all over my keyboard. Nice!! :bassist::bassist::bassist:
  3. That. Is. Beautiful!!!
  4. bass10bfb

    bass10bfb Prophet Low End Provider Gold Supporting Member

    May 5, 2011
    Newport, TN.
    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!! That turned out so good!!! Truly amazing bass you have there. I love this finish much more than the original for sure. Sweet bro!!!! Thanks for the pics!!!! I know we will all be drooling for a while over this one!!! Another amazing Warwick!!!
  5. Mr.Bassie720

    Mr.Bassie720 Supporting Member

    Feb 5, 2005
    Washington DC,Silver Spring,MD
    Endorsing Artist: Spector Basses
    Thanks for the kind words Jon. One of the greatest things about Talkbass is getting to meet great people, like you. It was an outstanding bass to start with, but that beautiful wenge neck had to be set free! This 1988 Wick has the original EMGs. So it is, essentially, the 30th anniversary Streamer. All the specs are identical. Oh, but wait, Jon didn't have to shell out $6,543.00. Nice score brother! That's an "over my dead body" bass!
  6. Hamlet7768

    Hamlet7768 Here to chew gum and rock. Still have gum.

    Jun 5, 2011
    Wow. That looks like an entirely new bass!

    Kinda miss the blue, but the natural finish is just as good!
  7. Means2nEnd

    Means2nEnd Supporting Member

    Do you notice any tonal difference. I have heard people say basses without a clear coat are more open and organic warm sounding. Any truth to that or is it BS?
  8. Man that thing looks great! I love natural, low gloss finish. I think it looks much better and with that finish, you can play without nearly as much worry of scuffs.
  9. Mr.Bassie720

    Mr.Bassie720 Supporting Member

    Feb 5, 2005
    Washington DC,Silver Spring,MD
    Endorsing Artist: Spector Basses
    Jon will chime in with his opinion. I got to play the bass before and after. Actually, Jon was kind enough to let it stay at my house long after the job was finished:). Not BS. It definitely sounds different. Nicer. In exactly the way you described. It's a subtle difference, but there. Oh, and the feel of the neck would make you guys weep with joy.
  10. MrUsefulAlien


    Jun 10, 2011
    Prague, CZ
    That looks incredible!

    What was the cost of the while project, if I may ask?

    I'm not a huge fan of the burgundy finish on my ss1...
  11. bostonasphalt2

    bostonasphalt2 Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2007
    Field of man, MA
    That looks awesome! I did dig the blue a hell of a lot though!
  12. I liked the original finish better, but it still looks better than most modern Warwicks with the new look you have for it.
  13. ilikebass7


    Sep 7, 2008
    Endorsing Artist: Marco Bass Guitars
    What a sexy bass! One of my favorite Warwicks ever. The refinish is incredible. Hope you play that thing forever
  14. Betrayer_Bass

    Betrayer_Bass Profanity Fish.

    Sep 24, 2011
    Oslo, Norway
    Endorsing: Spector basses, Winspear Picks, Spector Formula 603 strings
    Wow, you did the right thing setting the natural wood free! Great job!

    Envious.. doesn't even start to cover it'
  15. mmbongo

    mmbongo Dilly Dilly! Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    You are brave, sir! Looks great!

    You need some longer scale strings though..those are tapering before the nut!
  16. j.kernodle

    j.kernodle Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2008
    South Carolina
    man I was skeptical when i first saw this in progress but the people you sent it to know what they're doing. turned out great!
  17. Means2nEnd

    Means2nEnd Supporting Member

    They look like flat wounds to me with zero taper. I could be wrong though I often am.

    I always have like the sound of basses without clear coats or at least a thin satin. I have owned many Spectors and my favorites were always without clear coat. Part of that is the way the bass feels but I always thought they were more open sounding but I wasn't sure if I was just hearing with my eyes. One reason I love my Warwicks so much oil rubbed finishes make my hands happy. Again that bass looks great.
  18. JonKim

    JonKim Supporting Member

    Nov 15, 2011
    Honestly it's really hard to say. The change is very subtle. It does feel more resonant to me
    But maybe it's because I can feel bare wood against me vibrating as part of my body.
    The neck is heavenly. The wenge is so smooth and buttery it makes it so much easier to play than the gloss finish it had. On my fenders I had before the finish felt like they had a great effect on tone but the Warwick tone was always there in this bass and the refinish just enhances it bit more die to feel and playability. The bass started off with an awesome tone and feel and it just got better.
    Putting in new nut this week and hopefully get it set up with round wounds this time and maybe a plek.
  19. JonKim

    JonKim Supporting Member

    Nov 15, 2011
    Just-a-nut 3 brass installed!!!

    Had to shave the truss cover a bit to fit the wider nut but in the end I'm satisfied!



  20. bass10bfb

    bass10bfb Prophet Low End Provider Gold Supporting Member

    May 5, 2011
    Newport, TN.
    Beautiful bass bro!!! I love it!!!

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