Warwick + Flooded Basement = :O I need help!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Greg Huff, Jul 27, 2009.

  1. Hey everyone, I was just hoping that I could ask for a little help right now with a rather unfortunate situation that happened over the weekend.

    Over the course of the weekend here in Toronto there was a rather terrible storm and rain was coming down like crazy (I have to say, i hadn't seen rain like that in a while). Anyways, to sum up the story, my basement flooded and the entire carpet was soaked right through, which meant that my Warwick Corvette, and a couple of amps were ruined by the rain. Luckily my other bass was fine (an Epi T-Bird), as it was sitting on a stand and was high enough to avoid the flooding.

    Anyways, I have just come on here to ask what you guys would suggest in order to help in making sure that this bass gets dried out properly and that there are no lingering issues (if that is at all possible). I will provide pics as soon as I can, but to give an idea, the bass was sitting in its gigbag that was leaning on the wall, with the base of the bag touching the ground, and so every inch of the bottom of the base basically until the bridge was practically dripping water and was soaked right through. I took some pictures last night as soon as I found it to give some reference if anyone is interested.

    Thanks alot for any help at all that you guys can suggest, it means alot!

  2. shackled


    Jun 25, 2009
    Western NY
    I am very sorry to hear that. Those storms were incredible. They did some major damage down here. I can't offer any advice, but good luck. :(
  3. J. Crawford

    J. Crawford Supporting Member

    Feb 15, 2008
    We learned our lesson here in Ohio last summer. Be sure to keep all cabs/amps on plastic, or a milk carton. And all basses on stands.

    I know you know this now, but for future reference, always remember that.
  4. FunkMetalBass


    Aug 5, 2005
    Phoenix, Arizona 85029
    Endorsing Artist: J.C. Basses
    Best thing I can recommend is to elevate everything and let it dry out before attempting anything.

    The bass may have some cosmetic usses with wood warping, but if you let the electronics dry fully, I don't think you'll see any electrical problems (unless it shorted the preamp or pickups somehow).

    The amps (I presume either cabs or combos) may need a speaker replacement, but I think you'll be fine. It sounds like the water was only a couple inches high, which is still substantial, but relatively harmless as far as floods go.

    Best of luck to you, sir.
  5. Grank


    Jan 30, 2009
    Sydney, Australia
    maybe throw this at the luthiers corner? I know absolutely NOTHING about it, but ... if wood is like other natural fibers (eg leather) the worst thing you can do is force dry it (ie use heat or sun) - it MAY be best to suspend from the neck at normal room temperature?? Best advice I think is seek professional advice ... quickly - whay not actually ring Warwick cost of a phone call way less that replacing your corvette.