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Repairing a German Warwick

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by nirvana1410, Jan 31, 2013.

  1. nirvana1410


    Jun 29, 2012
    Here's a Warwick Streamer LX-5 with some damage.
    It's kinda hard to see, but it has a hole where the controls are.
    Any tips on the repair? Like what to use and such?
    I don't have a lot of experience with wood projects, other than wood shop in high school, haha.
  2. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    I would rout out the entire cavity, and fill the rout with a solid block of wood, then glue it in place.

    Rerout the cavity and paint it a solid color. Its repairable, but I think its days with a transparent finish are numbered.
  3. Geoff St. Germaine

    Geoff St. Germaine Commercial User

    Isn't that a fairly expensive instrument? I'm not up on the Warwick lines, so I don't know for sure, but if you're talking about an instrument worth a few thousand dollars and you don't have the woodworking experience to repair it properly, you should really consider having it professionally repaired.

    The cheapest/fastest repair is probably installing a cover on top of the control cavity and having the controls mounted to that (like a J bass or other instrument with top mounted controls). After that you get into filling the cavity in some manner, such as how Hopkins described, or cutting part of the body off to replace it with as close to a matching piece of wood as you can find, both of which will require refinishing the body.
  4. Scott in Dallas

    Scott in Dallas Commercial User

    Aug 16, 2005
    Dallas, north Texas
    Builder and Owner: DJ Ash Guitars
    You could clean up the edges of the cavity from the front, cut a new piece out of thin wood to cover it, finish it to match, bevel the edges and attach it like a pickguard with gold screws. Then you can drill it for the pots and hook everything back up. I can't see what type of wood that is, but if it's flamed or birdseye or whatever, you could probably find something that would look good with it.
  5. JoeWPgh


    Dec 21, 2012
    I think your best bet is to design a "control plate" that fits the bass and cut it from pickguard stock. Getting a grain and color match that doesn't look like a patch job is going to be a pretty tall order.
  6. Wasn't this for sale in the classifieds for super cheap a month or two ago?
  7. nirvana1410


    Jun 29, 2012
    That's what I was thinking of doing. It would make it look ugly, but not as bad as it does now I'm sure.

    It's quite possible. I haven't bought the bass yet. I plan on it if the guys goes through with the deal. He had previously been unsure he wanted to sell it.
  8. I'm pretty sure I saw this for sale awhile back. If fixed properly it could be done in a way that would barely be noticeable.
  9. Liam76


    Dec 28, 2012
    Besides cutting 2x4s, I don't know much about woodworking, lol!

    Anyway, might it be possible to cut out and replace the damage and cover the entire front with a really thin veneer to conceal the repair?

    I know the Streamer is pretty curvy, but my Schecter Studio has a really thin veneer of bubinga on the flat part of the body top.
  10. I think you'd be better off trying to clean up the hole, then make a patch panel, and refinish it to cover it up
  11. nirvana1410


    Jun 29, 2012
    Definitely. As for the scuffs on it, I think it adds character to the bass. It got damaged in a tornado supposedly and had the neck replaced. He replaced it with a left handed neck if anyone noticed.

    Honestly, I don't like having to make sure I don't scratch or scuff my instrument all the time.
  12. If you get the bass and fix it, post pics keep us updated!
  13. Scott in Dallas

    Scott in Dallas Commercial User

    Aug 16, 2005
    Dallas, north Texas
    Builder and Owner: DJ Ash Guitars
    I thought those basses had asymetrical neck pockets.
  14. nirvana1410


    Jun 29, 2012
    That may be true. I'm not sure what kind of modifications he's had to do to put the lefty neck on it. I will post pictures of it if I end up buying it.
  15. MeLikeDaLowNote


    Sep 22, 2012
    A little off topic, but OMG what happened? Did your Warwick take a bullet for you?
  16. nirvana1410


    Jun 29, 2012
    The bass got tossed around in a tornado.

    On a side note, it sounds like he's flaking on selling it again. So... I might not end up having it after all.