Throw away warped bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Skip_NJ, Apr 1, 2014.

  1. Skip_NJ


    Jun 1, 2009
    New Jersey
    I was just searching for info on setting up a Cort Curbow bass and came accross this thead: , unfortunately I believe the body on mine has warped. Looking at the neck without checking it with a feeler, the relief looks fine and it doesn't appear to be twisted or warped. The fretboard is still attached and the glue seams are still together. My G and D strings are high off the fretboard though, and like the OP in the linked thread, my saddles are bottomed out. When I look at the body from the side it does look kind of bowed. This bass has been sitting in the corner of my old bedroom for like 10 years. All the electronics work fine and the hardware is in good condition. Even the strings are still bright (DR SS I believe). What should I do with this bass? I'm thinking about just taking out the electronics and hardware, and trashing the body. Would anyone do something different? Is luthite recyclable?
  2. hover


    Oct 4, 2008
    If that body is a luthite body, it's toast.

    If it's wood, it still would require significant re-working to be serviceable, if it is indeed warped.

    What a good opportunity to commission one of our fine builders here to make you a replacement body!
  3. TrevorOfDoom

    TrevorOfDoom Supporting Member

    Jun 17, 2007
    Austin, TX
  4. Wall Art
  5. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Banned

    Jan 20, 2011
    parrts are good for something.
  6. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    Yeah, just get a new body fitted to it.
  7. Skip_NJ


    Jun 1, 2009
    New Jersey
    quick cell pics

    Yes its a luthite body. Its not unplayable, but the setup is never going to get anywhere near normal again. Its got some chips and wear and tear on the body, courtesy of someone knocking it over onto a tile floor in highschool jazz band years ago. It wouldn't even make good wall art, unless its in an ironic way, symbolic of our age of rampant consumerism and myopia.
  8. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    GSP Exit 98 here...Can the neck pocket be shimmed to get the fingerboard closer to the strings?
  9. russpurdy


    Apr 16, 2013
    fretless project?
  10. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    That's what I would have suggested. It might depend on how evenly the body has warped, but I'd try to shim the neck (that's what you'd do with a neck problem) and see if it gives you enough play to lower the strings and even things out. You might even be able to make an angled/asymmetrical shim to balance that out.
  11. wild4oldcars


    Jan 22, 2012
    Garner, NC
    GC would probably take it
  12. Exit 74 here!! Much Jersey love :hyper:
  13. Skip_NJ


    Jun 1, 2009
    New Jersey
    I actually have a fretless project bass, completed. The fret board on the Curbow is ebanol, which feels like a soft plastic or vinyl to me, and filling where the frets used to be would probably require some kind of resin.

    I didn't intend for this to turn into a sale thread, but if someone wants a project, I'll make a thread in the classifieds forum to keep everything within the rules. Exit 105 here. A shim could probably be done, but the neck pocket is large and an odd shape, and an off the shelf shim probably wouldn't work.
  14. JoeWPgh


    Dec 21, 2012
    Cardboard, or even layers of making tape makes an effective, cheap and easy shim. You've got nothing to lose in playing with that before dumping it.
  15. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    My shims have been as simple as layers of masking tape. I've made several Dano/Silvertone basses much more playable by using several layers of blue painters tape in the neck pocket until the fingerboard was well within the very coarse adjustment range of the bridge.
  16. mapleglo

    mapleglo Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2013
    phoenix, az
    In all my years, I have never seen an instrument body warp like that. Do you know if it was exposed to anything unusual like extreme heat or cold, chemicals, etc?
  17. That's a scary warp! How does that even happen?
    Luthite is synthetic and shape-able, so you could try using a heat source of some sort as a very last resort to get it flattened out.
  18. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    Happened to a lot of those luthite body Corts, when left in a hot car.
  19. hover


    Oct 4, 2008
    To me that is just inexcusable, for the money being charged.
  20. wideload


    Apr 15, 2004
    Just an idiot here...
    If the bridge saddles are bottomed out, could you notch them to lower the strings in question? Or am I looking at the problem from the wrong end (it's happened before!)?