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Vintage streamer refinish!

Discussion in 'Warwick Basses' started by JonKim, Jul 23, 2012.

  1. JonKim


    Nov 15, 2011
    Local luthier Chris Bavaria is refinishing my streamer for me thanks to a local tber and great friend Joey!
    I don't have many pics but got few updates. The bass had a teal blue finish on it which looked great but I wanted the original cherry wood to shine out!

    If I get more pics I'll keep posting while the work is being done.




    After: some shots of the neck joint that's hard to work on...


  2. WarwickOfficial


    May 15, 2012
    Warwick & Framus Social Media
    Wow JonKim, thats quite the undertaking...but I'm really excited to see the end result! I know you've been considering this since acquiring the bass, so please keep us posted. Thanks for letting us join in on the process!
  3. ilikebass7

    ilikebass7 Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2008
    Endorsing Artist: Marco Bass Guitars
    i wanna see more! I would never ruin the amazing finish but natural is the sexiest!
  4. WarwickOfficial


    May 15, 2012
    Warwick & Framus Social Media

    What are you planning to use for the re-fin? Please update with pics when you get them...this is going to be interesting! Thanks!
  5. JonKim


    Nov 15, 2011
    I wanted a natural oil finish that's same as warwicks. Waiting for more progress report from mr Bavaria!
  6. JonKim


    Nov 15, 2011
    Heres some updates!!

    Bass is ready for final sanding and oil finish!! should be done within a week if not 2!! Original electronics are going back in as well as hardware. The hardware will be buffed out to new too!!

    If anyone needs a finisher Chris Bavaria does AMAZING work!!

    Here is the shot of the hidden serial!! So it turns out to be an 88 which makes sense since it has the 2 piece bridge.



  7. WarwickOfficial


    May 15, 2012
    Warwick & Framus Social Media

    Thanks for the update and photos! That is going to be absolutely spectacular!! Nice, too, that you finally were able to see the serial number...It sounds like you'll be quite pleased with the results. Can't wait to see the final product...
  8. That does look very nice
  9. WarwickOfficial


    May 15, 2012
    Warwick & Framus Social Media
    Any updates JonKim? Looking forward to seeing what the transformation is looking like! Thanks!
  10. JonKim


    Nov 15, 2011
    Not many pics as I am goin through a friend of mine on talkbass. I know it's going through the oil finish process at the moment. I should have the bass within a week or so!
  11. WarwickOfficial


    May 15, 2012
    Warwick & Framus Social Media
    JonKim, great news! I bet your very excited to see it, and even more so to have it back! Please keep us posted, looking forward to seeing the finished product!
  12. JonKim


    Nov 15, 2011
  13. JonKim


    Nov 15, 2011
    Bass is finally finished! Just have to pick it up this weekend!!

    Found out the bass had a crack repaired by Warwick by the control cavity. That is probably why they finished the bass in the blue! I can't wait to get it
  14. WarwickOfficial


    May 15, 2012
    Warwick & Framus Social Media
    JonKim, thanks for the update! Very exciting...looking forward to seeing how things turned out. Post lots of photos!
  15. JP Morin

    JP Morin

    Mar 15, 2011
    Yes man !! I've followed your thread and me too can't wait to see the final pictures !!

    I digged that blue finish, but it looks very nice in natural finally !! :)
  16. JonKim


    Nov 15, 2011
    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!!




















  17. JP Morin

    JP Morin

    Mar 15, 2011
    Really nice !! Congrats man !!

    The woods is so nice and the wenge is a nice dark one !! It looks so nice !!

    Have fun playing it man !!
  18. root_anton


    Mar 18, 2012
    Minsk, Belarus
    looks very beautiful now!
  19. zbigniew


    Nov 14, 2002
    Northern Iceland
    Totally gorgeous! An early Streamer like that is something I've wanted since my early bass playing days in the late eighties :)
  20. WarwickOfficial


    May 15, 2012
    Warwick & Framus Social Media
    Absolutely beautiful JonKim! Congrats on a job well done, I'm sure you are quite happy with outcome. Enjoy!

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