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Resurection of a Warlock

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by mikeyswood, Sep 4, 2008.


  1. mikeyswood

    mikeyswood Banned

    Jul 22, 2007
    Cincinnati OH
    Luthier of Michael Wayne Instruments
    I thought that I would keep track of this project digitally and show each step as I go for anyone considering doing this themselves.

    To start, this was an 80's BC Rich Warlock that had seen a few rough owners. I don't intend to stereotype anyone BUT the previous owners probably had this for the shape and nothing else.

    DSCN3705.

    I got this froma friend that wanted to restore this but did not have the time. Since I recently experienced an injury I have found some time to go to the shop. Step one was geting rid of the junk:

    DSCN3704.

    Then stripping off the years of neglect:

    DSCN3726.

    ^ Seriously-----bondo? :mad:



    Then the first cuts:

    Picture001.


    More to come....
     
  2. mikeyswood

    mikeyswood Banned

    Jul 22, 2007
    Cincinnati OH
    Luthier of Michael Wayne Instruments
    After cutting the wings off I then cut the top of each wing off:

    Picture011.

    And then cutting the new top:

    Picture009.

    The wings went into clamps:

    Picture015.

    And then band sawed the excess after drying:

    Picture016.

    Starting to look better :)
     
  3. scottyd

    scottyd Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2006
    Waco Tx
    Builder/owner Redeemer Basses
    Pretty interesting, looks like a faily solid mahogany body on that bad boy.
     
  4. tbrannon

    tbrannon

    Jun 11, 2006
    I like it. I'm not a big fan of the Warlock shape, but it looks good with that top and the lams between the neck and new top.
     
  5. Yea, I like it too... Though I've never been a warlock fan, that looks really awesome and good thinking re-topping all the original wood. I'm looking forward to seeing this through.
     
  6. eleonn

    eleonn

    Aug 24, 2006
    Lima - PerĂº
    I actually do like it and make me remember Blackie Lawless from WASP, dont remember if his bass was a Warlock though.
     
  7. mikeyswood

    mikeyswood Banned

    Jul 22, 2007
    Cincinnati OH
    Luthier of Michael Wayne Instruments
    Blackie created the Widow bass and that amazing cod piece ;)

    Thanks for the good words. I figured that the solid mahogany construction was good one day. And I hope that it will be again soon!

    The pointy shapes turn most people away from BC Rich and this should do it some justice. So many musicians are suprised when I tell them that my six string is an original BC Rich ;)

    DSCN3306.

    ...more pics tomorrow
     
  8. Hey, I don't have anything against BC Rich... But The warlock, on the other hand...

    Oh, those are both really sweet, too.
     
  9. mikeyswood

    mikeyswood Banned

    Jul 22, 2007
    Cincinnati OH
    Luthier of Michael Wayne Instruments
    This should be a great finish:

    Picture017.

    and the binding on top:

    Picture018.
     
  10. DSB1

    DSB1

    Mar 8, 2006
    Cool project. You can take or leave the shapes but BC Rich has made some awesome playing instruments.
     
  11. Mofo-Kang

    Mofo-Kang

    Aug 26, 2006
    Modesto, CA
    It's looking really nice. That's the style of headstock I like on BC Rich, too--don't see too many of those any more.
     
  12. mikeyswood

    mikeyswood Banned

    Jul 22, 2007
    Cincinnati OH
    Luthier of Michael Wayne Instruments
    I think that this bass is coming to life!

    I decided to switch to an Ebony fretboard so off with the old:

    Picture021.

    and the headstock will be Flame Maple:

    Picture024.

    Currently it look like this:

    Picture-1.
     
  13. mikeyswood

    mikeyswood Banned

    Jul 22, 2007
    Cincinnati OH
    Luthier of Michael Wayne Instruments
    A little sanding to bring the colors out:

    Picture025.

    The Flame headstock will pop once I add Ebony binding:

    Picture026.

    And the colors in the body are AMAZING!

    Picture027.
     
  14. I have already subscribed to the thread and following you. You are doing a nice job, congrats. But I'd like to ask, wouldn't be easier to build a new bass instead of repairing that one?
     
  15. Son of Magni

    Son of Magni

    May 10, 2005
    NH
    Builder: ThorBass
    This is really awesome. I've never seen a thread where someone had the balls to cut the wings off for a refinish/resurrection job. But you're doing great, seriously...
     
  16. mikeyswood

    mikeyswood Banned

    Jul 22, 2007
    Cincinnati OH
    Luthier of Michael Wayne Instruments
    Thanks guys this is going to be one amazing instrument when I am finished :bassist:


    A little clean up in the cavities:

    Picture028.


    Yes. If anyone is willing to do what I am doing then it is MUCH easier to start from scratch. Since this was laying around and I am recovering from an injury I thought that I would put my time to good use.

    Also, since this started as a BC Rich it will be authentic when I apply a new BC Rich logo to the headstock. When I make one from scratch I use my own label :)
     
  17. mikeyswood

    mikeyswood Banned

    Jul 22, 2007
    Cincinnati OH
    Luthier of Michael Wayne Instruments
    Some new pics :hyper:

    Cleaning up the pickup routes:
    Picture028.

    Binding Channels on the body and headstock:
    Picture035.

    Picture037.

    Bending some binding:
    Picture034.

    ...and Ebony binding on the headstock:
    Picture044-1.

    Honestly! Who does Ebony binding?


    Me! :D
     
  18. Huge

    Huge Hell is full of musical amateurs. Like me.

    Dec 2, 2005
    Edmonton
    That binding looks awesome!
     
  19. mikeyswood

    mikeyswood Banned

    Jul 22, 2007
    Cincinnati OH
    Luthier of Michael Wayne Instruments
    Thanks! I am really proud of how it turned out. The fretboard is Ebony with Flame Maple binding and the reversal on the headstock will be visually amazing.
     
  20. El-Bob

    El-Bob Supporting Member

    Oct 22, 2006
    Hamilton, ON
    subscribed, no question about it.

    this has to be one of the coolest threads going :D
     

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