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Led_Zeppelin678
05-07-2005, 09:46 PM
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Overall: 8.8/10

This is honestly the second best bass I've ever played (first place goes to a Yamaha Attitude 10th Anniversary). The reason I didn't give it the full 10 is that there are better basses out there, and also that it lacks some features that aren't at all necessary but that I personally would like, such as better electronics.

Factory set-up: 10/10

After being shipped from Germany to California to Niagara Falls, in a gig bag, it was in tune. I think that pretty much says it all. I have to tune it about once every one to two weeks, depending on how much I play it.

Playability: 9.5/10

I love it, and wouldn't change it for anything. If I ever got a custom instrument, I would have it play like this. Sheehan's custom does play better though...

Electronics: 6/10

They're not going to catch on fire or anything, but MEC kinda blows. How about switching to DiMarzio, or at least Seymour Duncan?

Tone: 9/10

I'd make a few changes if I could, like pickups and such, but the natural tone of this instrument is staggering. The famed Warwick growl to a velvety almost fretless smooth sound, this thing does everything I want it too.

Hardware: 10/10

The Warwick Just-A-Nut II is great, as is the amazingly adjustable bridge. The tuners are smooth, and once again this baby can stay in tune for weeks.

Others: Be aware that these instruments need to be waxed at least every two or three days during the first couple months you have them, and then once every two weeks or so afterwards. But for that wood, it's worth it. Also, my Corvette has a very distinctive figure to it that most bubinga does not. Just warning you guys, don't order one expecting it to come in like that^.

kieranushurnusmcgee
05-08-2005, 06:02 AM
Good review, you lucky boy, I would love this bass.

Radiobass81
05-08-2005, 08:45 AM
Good review on an amazing bass.

I actually don't mind the pickups, as they give the bass a traditional (yet growly) tone.

DaveTNG
05-08-2005, 08:50 AM
Good Review :thumb:

Can't wait for my 6er to get here. Between the 27 May and the 10 June I think. :(

edgebass5
05-08-2005, 08:13 PM
One thing to watch out for on these (or any other solid bubinga body bass), is that they are incredibly heavy. Easily the heaviest bass I've ever played. I owned one for a few months and had to buy a wider padded strap to distribute the weight more efficiently. Before buying the new strap, a two hour long practice would kill my shoulder. Just something to be aware of, they are definitely great basses, but the weight is murder.

Another thing to consider if any of you are looking for one of these. Models from 1998 thru present day are much different than the ones available from 1997 and before. Actually, the neck is what's different. The ones that were pre 98 had an all wenge neck, whereas the ones post 97 have an ovangkol neck with wenge fretboard (on fretted models). The other thing that changed was the neck profile. On the pre 98 models the neck was VERY slim, similar to a Geddy Lee jazz bass or Ibanez Soundgear. The newer models have a MUCH thicker neck, very similar to a P-Bass, but with a slightly deeper profile. Personal preferences will vary, but I much prefer the pre 98 models.

DaveTNG
05-09-2005, 02:10 PM
I'll be sure to let you guys know how I get on with mine.

DaveTNG
05-10-2005, 11:18 AM
Woo great news! My Warwick has arrived at Soundslive about 4 weeks ahead of schedule :D Will hopefully be here by thursday or friday :D

Led_Zeppelin678
05-10-2005, 07:07 PM
Pics as soon as it gets here!

baggagebassman
05-15-2005, 07:08 PM
Is that Dr. Mario in your SNES?

Radiobass81
05-16-2005, 01:21 PM
^^ Megaman X ;).

I can never beat Sigma...

nunlover
06-01-2005, 06:57 AM
I just bought the same bass last night. I'll post my opinions after I've had awhile to play it.

DaveTNG
06-02-2005, 07:37 AM
I just bought the same bass last night. I'll post my opinions after I've had awhile to play it.

Hope you enjoy it. I would be surprised if you didn't :D

Led_Zeppelin678
06-02-2005, 08:25 PM
^^ Megaman X ;).

I can never beat Sigma...

Me either... :upset:

Sardon
06-03-2005, 02:05 AM
I tried that one out in the local musicstore yesterday. That was a nice one though the fingerboard felt kinda big, but it still was fun to play. I usually never slap, but I tried to slap that one and I could wich I think was cool. I'd buy that one if I do more slapping, but it costs too much and I'm still waiting to get Yamaha TRB1006. hopefully I get that one before the end of this month.

DaveTNG
06-03-2005, 05:22 PM
I tried that one out in the local musicstore yesterday. That was a nice one though the fingerboard felt kinda big, but it still was fun to play. I usually never slap, but I tried to slap that one and I could wich I think was cool. I'd buy that one if I do more slapping, but it costs too much and I'm still waiting to get Yamaha TRB1006. hopefully I get that one before the end of this month.

Both the Yammy and the Corvette and solid basses, but I would pick the corvette any day :naughty:

Radiobass81
06-03-2005, 07:12 PM
The problem with a Corvette is that they are somewhat overpriced for what they are, IMO.

I would still love one.

Alma
06-04-2005, 12:20 AM
The problem with a Corvette is that they are somewhat overpriced for what they are, IMO.

I would still love one.

Overpriced? are you kidding?

Ash corvettes are even better bang for your buck.

They are seriously cheap compared with other warwicks...

Radiobass81
06-04-2005, 06:59 AM
I don't find other Warwicks overpriced, just the Corvette.

Alma
06-04-2005, 07:07 AM
Wow. Thats weird.

The thumb is pretty much just a corvette with neck thru, different woods and a different preamp. Not worth like $3000 more than the vette.....

The vette is by the best warwick available money wise.

Radiobass81
06-04-2005, 07:13 AM
Ah, I forgot the thumb :p.

And I actually prefer the Fortress to the Corvette.

Alma
06-04-2005, 09:50 PM
Shame they discontinued the fortress'

MuRd0K
06-04-2005, 10:01 PM
Me either... :upset:

You both suck....

At first, I thought Warwicks were one of the greatest things ever. Then I saw the price and it changed my mind a little. Then I met the Corvette, and hey, it looked well... ok, kinda bland.

Then I saw Led_Zeppelin678's video solo... and sorry, but I didn't liked the sound out of it. I know he at least knows some **** about his bass and would know how to use it.

They aren't in my "Me Wannit" list.

nicatterberry
06-04-2005, 10:09 PM
You both suck....

At first, I thought Warwicks were one of the greatest things ever. Then I saw the price and it changed my mind a little. Then I met the Corvette, and hey, it looked well... ok, kinda bland.

Then I saw Led_Zeppelin678's video solo... and sorry, but I didn't liked the sound out of it. I know he at least knows some **** about his bass and would know how to use it.

They aren't in my "Me Wannit" list.


Just because something sounds bad when recorded with a video cam doesnt mean it sounds like crap in RL. Saw a band a week ago, bass player used a corvette, sounded awesome.

DaveTNG
06-05-2005, 06:19 AM
Just because something sounds bad when recorded with a video cam doesnt mean it sounds like crap in RL. Saw a band a week ago, bass player used a corvette, sounded awesome.

Yep. And it also depends on your amp and personal preference as to what tone you like.

nicatterberry
06-05-2005, 10:54 AM
Things recorded with a handheld camera are never gonna sound good.

Radiobass81
06-05-2005, 02:31 PM
How he got that tone out of a Corvette still baffles me; he got something close to Sheehan's tone through a Warwick with J pups... :amaze:

I liked the tone, really. Then again, I like Sheehan's as well.

Led_Zeppelin678
06-07-2005, 05:28 PM
It was also through a Marshall guitar practice amp, not my Ampeg rig.

DaveTNG
06-11-2005, 03:02 PM
It was also through a Marshall guitar practice amp, not my Ampeg rig.

Yeah I was gonna say that, but i wasn't sure if it was a guitar amp or just a marshall bass amp. And I personally quite liked that tone you got anyways.

Daywalker
06-14-2005, 07:52 AM
Great review man, great review. You should try out the FNA Jazzman LTD 2004 Corvette too. They're different, but equally as awesome...

R.I.P John H Bonham
06-18-2005, 10:59 AM
You gave the electrics a 6/10, how would you compare them to fender active basses?, I'm asking cos I'm looking to buy a new bass with active pickups.

Led_Zeppelin678
06-18-2005, 10:36 PM
You'd be best off talking to Edgebass about pickups and stuff.

DaromahBassPlayer
07-04-2005, 01:39 PM
I'm gonna go for the Corvette when i get my compensation money through

Such a lovely bass and they all have individual characteristics in the wood. I don't actually like the grain on yours Led Zep which is wierd looking in the left corner. Its all streaky and not my taste. By the pickups where you have obviosly rested your thumb is all greasy and dirty so give it a clean :)

DaveTNG
07-04-2005, 02:05 PM
Really? I think Led Zep's grain rocks. I have a spot above the pickup where i rest my thumb where the wood has gone a bit weird from sweat or whatever. Not badly or anything though. I've been waxing that area lots to try and keep out any liquid.

DaromahBassPlayer
07-05-2005, 06:40 AM
Its a lovely grain but im just comparing it to Warwicks I have seen. And it really is a sexy bass.

/sarcasm To avoid that mark you can get im gonna use a pick /sarcasm

hmm im just going to wash my hands every time a play it and when ever neccesary clean it before it builds up


.... I ****ing want one NOW!!!!

DaveTNG
07-05-2005, 01:00 PM
Its a lovely grain but im just comparing it to Warwicks I have seen. And it really is a sexy bass.

/sarcasm To avoid that mark you can get im gonna use a pick /sarcasm

hmm im just going to wash my hands every time a play it and when ever neccesary clean it before it builds up


.... I ****ing want one NOW!!!!

Yeah i usually wash my hands to help keep strings clean etc, but if i'm playing an hour long set or whatever, I don't have chance to wash my hands during it. After I wax it it usually looks better anyway.

Have fun when you get one :naughty:

What are you going for btw, 4,5,6?

DaromahBassPlayer
07-06-2005, 03:24 AM
Im going for the 4 sting. I have owned a 5 string and a 6 string. Although they were cheap and crappy more than 4 does not float my boat. I just want 24 frets. They come in handy and from my experiance it makes all the other higher frets more easily accessible which is great i think.

BTW can i be in the MX Warwick Club when I get her? I hear your club house is the best. :D

DaveTNG
07-06-2005, 02:57 PM
Any warwick owner can join the club. Tell us when you get it, and make sure you give us some pictures :D

Titties_n_Beer
07-17-2005, 05:22 AM
ahhhh i want a warwick..... corvette fretless or corevette $$

DaveTNG
07-18-2005, 04:35 PM
ahhhh i want a warwick..... corvette fretless or corevette $$

I don't think you can go wrong with either of those options.

Led_Zeppelin678
07-18-2005, 04:45 PM
Too many basses, too little money. The story of my life.

Current G.A.S. List:

Yamaha Attitude LTD II, Black, with a Kahler
Warwick Corvette $$
Tobias Growler
Spector Rex Brown, Blue Quilt
Warwick Hot Rod 4 string
MTD 435, Maple Burl/Blue
Alembic Brown Bass
Alembic Essence, Blue w/LEDs
Ritter Roya, Late Lounge finish and Ritter Trem
Yamaha BEX-BS
Michael Kelly acoustic

etc etc etc

FoX74B
07-18-2005, 05:03 PM
Too many basses, too little money. The story of my life.

Current G.A.S. List:

Yamaha Attitude LTD II, Black, with a Kahler
Warwick Corvette $$
Tobias Growler
Spector Rex Brown, Blue Quilt
Warwick Hot Rod 4 string
MTD 435, Maple Burl/Blue
Alembic Brown Bass
Alembic Essence, Blue w/LEDs
Ritter Roya, Late Lounge finish and Ritter Trem
Yamaha BEX-BS
Michael Kelly acoustic

etc etc etc

The $$ and a Ritter Roya is on my list too... All I need is $8,000... :upset:

Oh yeah, and a Carvin frettless. So add another $1000 to that.

DesolationRow
07-18-2005, 05:55 PM
LedZep, have you played the FNA Jazzman LTD corvette? That thing looks sick. The 5er that I played of the vette was nice, as was the thumb. I love Warwicks.

iAmCam
07-18-2005, 10:26 PM
You both suck....

At first, I thought Warwicks were one of the greatest things ever. Then I saw the price and it changed my mind a little. Then I met the Corvette, and hey, it looked well... ok, kinda bland.

Then I saw Led_Zeppelin678's video solo... and sorry, but I didn't liked the sound out of it. I know he at least knows some **** about his bass and would know how to use it.

They aren't in my "Me Wannit" list.
Someone lead me to Led_Zeppelin678's video please...

Unproductive
07-19-2005, 11:28 PM
my future warwick, 5 string fretless corvette

Led_Zeppelin678
07-20-2005, 12:32 AM
Someone lead me to Led_Zeppelin678's video please...

I'd have to upload it to yousendit, but the audio is on my soundclick:

http://www.soundclick.com/bands/8/timothycmeyer_music.htm

Titties_n_Beer
07-20-2005, 05:07 AM
i wish they made a corvette $$ fretless lol... i'd buy it in a snap.

Wintermute
07-20-2005, 05:24 AM
You could defret it - or more wisely with an instrument of that value, pay a professional to defret it for you. It would cost, yes, but not THAT much.

Led_Zeppelin678
07-20-2005, 08:38 PM
i wish they made a corvette $$ fretless lol... i'd buy it in a snap.

It's a free upgrade on all Warwicks, with an ebony fretboard. Lines are an extra $150.

Sammy_L_D
07-31-2005, 04:23 PM
^^ Megaman X ;).

I can never beat Sigma...

Sigma's final form is weak against the Rolling Shield, the weapon you get from Armored Armadillo.

Good luck. :thumb:

I've beaten that game probably about...700 times. :lol:

Led_Zeppelin678
08-07-2005, 02:23 PM
Sigma's final form is weak against the Rolling Shield, the weapon you get from Armored Armadillo.

Good luck. :thumb:

I've beaten that game probably about...700 times. :lol:

FINALLY! I HAVE THE SECRET!!! MWAHAHAHA!!!

:D





:confused:




:upset:

nrcafootball68
08-18-2005, 08:32 AM
^^ Megaman X ;).

I can never beat Sigma...

i love that game, too bad my snes died :upset:

gronk
08-19-2005, 01:09 AM
Hey guys, I've been talking to my Aussie Warwick distributor about the new LTD Corvette 'Hot Rod'. It's AU$3699, which is nearly a grand more than I thought it would be compared to the US and UK prices, but oh well. I'm wondering if anyone has got one of these bad boys or played one, and if the dual P pickups are a good setup or not?

It sure as hell is one sexy bass though!!

http://www.warwickbass.com/basses/hotrod.html

Led_Zeppelin678
08-19-2005, 01:41 AM
I really want one...it'd be great as a contrast to my 'vette...but I don't have any money at the moment.

wickedstylez
08-19-2005, 01:55 AM
Nice lookin vette. tomorrow (hopefully) my $$ should arrive at GC and i should get the call to come pick it up..only thing that sucks is i gotta trade my vette back in for the $$..my vette sounds awesome with my band (we play metal). hopefully the $$ won't disappoint me.

sirphilby
08-19-2005, 08:52 PM
ive gotta a corvette 5 string nd i pretty much agree with everything said here. the electronics definetly need changing but everything else is just beautiful.

Klander Brigade
08-19-2005, 09:33 PM
Just seeing that makes me wanna go to the music shop and start jammin

Worrpigs
08-19-2005, 10:04 PM
ive gotta a corvette 5 string nd i pretty much agree with everything said here. the electronics definetly need changing but everything else is just beautiful.
excuse me? why would you switch out MEC active pickups on purpose. IMO EMG's arent even on the same scale, the only other thing i could think of is Bartolini.

Led_Zeppelin678
08-19-2005, 10:39 PM
You mispelt Ron Burdandy.

And no, MEC is only used by Warwick because it's German and thus much cheaper.

wickedstylez
08-20-2005, 12:20 AM
****it, my $$ still hasn't arrived. fockers.

scranton531
09-01-2005, 01:49 PM
I've sold at least 15 corvettes this year on ebay so there must be somthing good about them, plus the cost issue is because they're from germany. They go through warwick, to dnan b. goods, then to dealers so the price keeps goin up. Plus bubinga isn't cheap wood.

For quality, owned a 6 and play the 4 and 5 along with every other warwick in production plus about 200 other basses, and the vettes are a lot of bass and quality for their cost.

Compare to the cost of an emerican fender (which is total sh** for the money) warwicks are resonable.

Led_Zeppelin678
09-11-2005, 02:01 PM
I concur.

Crudd-Bucket™
09-12-2005, 05:33 AM
Those new rock basses are anus

Chris K
09-13-2005, 02:05 AM
Those new rock basses are anus

to me, Rockbass equals cockbass full stop.

Led_Zeppelin678
09-16-2005, 12:42 AM
I tried a flame maple (natural) that was a special edition or something, and the action was actually really good. Didn't bother plugging it in, though.

Chris K
09-16-2005, 03:49 AM
And without the plug in test, we will never know the actual quality!

d-1
09-18-2005, 08:11 AM
Nice review man

1-D
09-25-2005, 01:27 PM
Good revuew im gasing for one of those ;D

LewsTherin
10-10-2005, 03:24 PM
Electronics: 6/10

They're not going to catch on fire or anything, but MEC kinda blows. How about switching to DiMarzio, or at least Seymour Duncan?

Instead of just saying "MEC blows", care to explain what it is you don't like about them?

Chris K
10-10-2005, 03:48 PM
Instead of just saying "MEC blows", care to explain what it is you don't like about them?

people are always bashing MEC, I like them!

LewsTherin
10-10-2005, 04:27 PM
people are always bashing MEC, I like them!

thats makes 3 of us then (me, you, and worrpigs).

Id still like to know why people hate them so much.

Rawb
10-12-2005, 07:18 PM
but MEC kinda blows

wtf? what do you mean "blows"? like totaly fckin blows like a speaker, or totaly fckin sucks?

Alma
10-13-2005, 06:09 AM
^ that they aren't very good...

twopelu
10-13-2005, 08:22 AM
^ I think so... I would change mines.

Led_Zeppelin678
10-13-2005, 08:31 AM
I'd like to get another brand of pickups for two reasons:

Hum cancelling.
Better tone.

wardrobe malfunction
10-13-2005, 09:45 AM
I have the 5 string Model and highly recommend it. It's a fantastic instrument.

bassmancrv
10-18-2005, 07:45 PM
ive got the 4 string one.. and i dunno i personally love mecs.. there great

warwicks are definatly the best bass out there IMO and someone a while back said vettes are expensive.. you can get a used one for like $600.. for the quality these things offer.. its DEFINATLY worth it.. i would pay over 1000 for mine.. im in love with it

Rawb
10-18-2005, 11:47 PM
i am two gigs and $150 away from getting one of these. i can't wait.

so the mec blows, i think a sans amp would help. maybe not totaly fix the problem, but it would help a bit.

Led_Zeppelin678
10-20-2005, 01:53 PM
I'm putting some Seymour Duncan Hot Jazz pups (passive with high output) in my baby ASAP, probably for Christmas or something.

Just thought I'd let everyone know.

Worrpigs
10-20-2005, 02:44 PM
i dont know why whenever someone brings up warwick, everybody has to be a dick and say oh MEC blows. and i love how nobody justifies their reasoning.

Machines
10-20-2005, 03:43 PM
I've never played a Warwick and been anything other than overwhelmed.

Chris K
10-20-2005, 04:39 PM
I've never played a Warwick and been anything other than overwhelmed.

So I take it you like them?

LewsTherin
10-21-2005, 01:11 PM
I'd like to get another brand of pickups for two reasons:

Hum cancelling.
Better tone.

1st one I can definately see. But care to explain whats wrong with MEC's tone? Too much bass? Not enough? Lacking in lower midrange?






Im with Chris K, Im sick of the unjustified MEC bashing.

Led_Zeppelin678
10-21-2005, 01:17 PM
1st one I can definately see. But care to explain whats wrong with MEC's tone? Too much bass? Not enough? Lacking in lower midrange?






Im with Chris K, Im sick of the unjustified MEC bashing.

I'll do an A/B recording when I get them, and we'll see which is better.

Killer Fridge
10-21-2005, 05:37 PM
1st one I can definately see. But care to explain whats wrong with MEC's tone? Too much bass? Not enough? Lacking in lower midrange?






Im with Chris K, Im sick of the unjustified MEC bashing.

tone is completly subjective - if you dont like how they sound, there may not be one specific reason that you dont like - you just dont like them, and so i do not feel there has to be a reason why i dont like their tone, i just dont, and i want to put in some barts, ones which i do like the tone of

ziGGy-real
10-22-2005, 04:51 AM
so should i get this bass?

Led_Zeppelin678
10-22-2005, 09:56 AM
If you like Warwicks. It's kind of a love/hate thing, I guess.

Worrpigs
10-25-2005, 08:40 PM
1st one I can definately see. But care to explain whats wrong with MEC's tone? Too much bass? Not enough? Lacking in lower midrange?






Im with Chris K, Im sick of the unjustified MEC bashing.
you mean your with me. chris k didnt say that.

gronk
10-25-2005, 09:48 PM
I'm considering getting a Corvette with custom paint, F clef fret inlays, gold hardware and possibly different pickups. Has anyone on here ordered a custom Warwick? How long does it usually take to get it once you order it?

Also, does the Corvette Proline sound any different to the Corvette? I'm not sure if the difference in bubinga and flame maple would be that big. If they're hardly different, I'll just order a Proline with the inlays and possibly pickups.

Led_Zeppelin678
10-25-2005, 11:03 PM
you mean your with me. chris k didnt say that.

:lol: :lol: :lol:

Loser.

Led_Zeppelin678
10-25-2005, 11:04 PM
I'm considering getting a Corvette with custom paint, F clef fret inlays, gold hardware and possibly different pickups. Has anyone on here ordered a custom Warwick? How long does it usually take to get it once you order it?

Also, does the Corvette Proline sound any different to the Corvette? I'm not sure if the difference in bubinga and flame maple would be that big. If they're hardly different, I'll just order a Proline with the inlays and possibly pickups.

If you're going to color bubinga, then just get the proline. It's still a great bass, just different.

gronk
10-26-2005, 12:51 AM
If you're going to color bubinga, then just get the proline. It's still a great bass, just different.

How's it different?

Led_Zeppelin678
10-26-2005, 12:56 AM
How's it different?

It's lighter, and it sounds like maple instead of bubinga. Just letting you know, you still have to wax the colored finishes, too. I wanted a proline and ended up with a standard, and am extremely happy with it. Just tell them to give you a high-quality bubinga body (quilted even) and hard finish it if you want to avoid the waxing thing.

gronk
10-26-2005, 01:52 AM
It's lighter, and it sounds like maple instead of bubinga. Just letting you know, you still have to wax the colored finishes, too. I wanted a proline and ended up with a standard, and am extremely happy with it. Just tell them to give you a high-quality bubinga body (quilted even) and hard finish it if you want to avoid the waxing thing.

I'm sorry, I'm not quite up there when it comes to the tones of different body woods. I'm guessing the bubinga would have deeper lows than the maple yes? Would you mind explaining the different sounds to me if you don't mind?

I don't mind if I have to wax it, but if there's a way I don't have to do it, then I'd definitely go for it. Would it cost more to get the high-quality bubinga and hard finish? I don't know if I can be bothered saving up more money to get a different wood, otherwise I would go for a Corvette with a quilted maple body. And ordering a Proline with bubinga would just end up being a standard with a coloured finish and gold hardware wouldn't it?

Sorry for all the questions. I'm hoping to order this bass soon and appreciate all the knowledge and wisdom I can get from some of the more experienced bassists here.

Led_Zeppelin678
10-26-2005, 02:43 PM
Maple is very clear with good highs, and bubinga has a lot of mids with some pretty good lows.

Changing the proline from flamed maple to quilted maple and getting what you really want probably wouldn't be that expensive.

LewsTherin
10-26-2005, 05:28 PM
you mean your with me. chris k didnt say that.

close enough. :rolleyes:

gronk
10-31-2005, 12:21 AM
I got a quote on a custom 'Vette.

Corvette Standard
2 piece AAA Flamed Maple body (Quilted maple cost too much)
F Clef fret inlays
Owner's name plate in 24th fret
Seymour Duncan Basslines
High polish stain
Gold hardware

All this will cost me $4700.

But now here comes the tricky bit!

I found out there's a distributor in Sydney who deals with Alembics.

I've never played one, but I've heard awesome things about them. The cheapest model starts at $5200, however they have some 'pre-loved' and demo models in for cheaper.

Question. Is it worth the extra money for an Alembic? I wouldn't be able to afford one with the options I want, so it will probably be just the bottom-of-the-line, stock-standard Alembic. Either an Epic or Excel.

Alembic Epic/Excel vs Warwick custom Covette

HELP ME!

Led_Zeppelin678
10-31-2005, 12:23 AM
I've never played an Alembic, so I can't help you. You'd be better off posting that in the main forum.

Naminator
10-31-2005, 02:29 PM
Seriously if it works for paul gray then it must work for you ...seriously that guy messes up pulse of the maggots everytime ive seen him paly AHEM3timesAHEM

Killer Fridge
10-31-2005, 02:55 PM
i believe he plays a neck thru thumb actually

Chris K
10-31-2005, 03:27 PM
i believe he plays a neck thru thumb actually

I've seen him with bolt ons...

Killer Fridge
10-31-2005, 03:37 PM
he probably has them too...but ive only seen his neck thrus

http://www.slipknot-metal.com/smimages/paul31.jpg

dont like slipknot i dont

Led_Zeppelin678
11-01-2005, 05:41 PM
Their new album isn't bad, but everything else sucks.

Killer Fridge
11-02-2005, 06:38 AM
yeah thats kinda how i see it, but im really really not into the whole screaming thing, it think it just sounds rubbish, but some of the stuff on the new album sounds sort of "epic", which is kinda cool, but its not really something i like that much

Sade
11-02-2005, 07:51 AM
You do not need to "wax" the finish on Warwick basses, I don't know where this delusion came about.

The finished Proline basses have a Satin sealent.

Killer Fridge
11-02-2005, 07:56 AM
true, you dont, but it is suggested that you do in the manual that comes with it

thats probably where the delusion comes from

Sade
11-04-2005, 10:10 AM
That's purely aesthetic, just as is cleaning a sealed bass.

Killer Fridge
11-05-2005, 05:44 PM
true its purely asthetic, but you dont want the wood to discolour do you?

Tryxx
11-06-2005, 10:18 PM
I love my Fretless 'Vette Standard, a review will come in time. :thumb:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v36/game101/Bass%20Stuff/P1010052.jpg

Led_Zeppelin678
11-07-2005, 01:19 AM
!!!

Nice, I LOVE fretless 'vettes!

Naminator
11-11-2005, 08:43 PM
k since im getting mine and it comes with the wax equipment how many time should i wax it during a month i read the manual and you have to so humidity doesnt soak in the wood or something weird

help :) :) :)

Crudd-Bucket™
11-12-2005, 04:55 AM
Wax it every day you lucky bum

Led_Zeppelin678
11-12-2005, 05:14 AM
k since im getting mine and it comes with the wax equipment how many time should i wax it during a month i read the manual and you have to so humidity doesnt soak in the wood or something weird

help :) :) :)

When you first get it, wax it after every time you play it (for two to three weeks). After that, wax 3 to 5 times every week, depending on how often you play it.

ziGGy-real
11-12-2005, 05:55 AM
that looks smexy

Stuey_bass3
11-14-2005, 01:31 AM
Im picking my Warwick Corvette of Lay-buy on Friday

Chris K
11-14-2005, 11:43 AM
God, I wish all Corvette's came with black hardware as standard...

SixnStones
11-14-2005, 02:37 PM
^ i can't even afford teh black hardware....

Chris K
11-14-2005, 03:30 PM
^ i can't even afford teh black hardware....

NB I dislike the chrome because it's ugly...

Killer Fridge
11-14-2005, 04:51 PM
hehe, go my black hardware - free :D

JDC III
11-15-2005, 03:43 AM
http://www.angelfire.com/dc2/warwick/nothing/P1010108.JPGHELLO EVERYONE I AM NEW ON HERE and i am going to show u my warwick

Mine is a Corvette FNA Jazzman 5 the only diffrence is I can chose hum buck parallel, hum cancel

bassduder14
11-22-2005, 01:14 PM
i enjoy my warwick,they have a nice feel to them...sweet super nintendo man i love how you spend time bass+super nintendo=works of a great genius:thumb:

toomanypuppies86
12-06-2005, 10:32 PM
alls i have to say is i have a Dean edge 4string, which is more than perfect for a beginner bass, and the corvette i played at a nearby music store was the best bass i ever played since i started playing bass.

andy3288
12-19-2005, 02:34 PM
whats people's opinion on the ash corevette? i played one in a shop the other day and loved it. i'm just wondering what the differences are between the bubinga and the ash, accounting for the £200 difference in price. i heard bubinga is better quality wood, does this make the tone £200 better?

Alma
12-28-2005, 12:40 AM
whats people's opinion on the ash corevette? i played one in a shop the other day and loved it. i'm just wondering what the differences are between the bubinga and the ash, accounting for the £200 difference in price. i heard bubinga is better quality wood, does this make the tone £200 better?

I believe the ash corvette's are better than the bubinga ones. They're a lot lighter. The tone is definantly not 200 pounds better. They both have different tones. Bubinga tends to be more dark and has more low end growl than ash does. Ash (to me) is an aggressive wood, but it growls differently to a bubinga corvette. Neither tone is better than the other, it comes down to personal preference.

Id go the ash corvette. Better bang for your buck.

DaveTNG
12-28-2005, 06:41 AM
I believe the ash corvette's are better than the bubinga ones. They're a lot lighter. The tone is definantly not 200 pounds better. They both have different tones. Bubinga tends to be more dark and has more low end growl than ash does. Ash (to me) is an aggressive wood, but it growls differently to a bubinga corvette. Neither tone is better than the other, it comes down to personal preference.

Id go the ash corvette. Better bang for your buck.

I agree that it's personal preference. I personally thought that the bubinga was worth the extra money for its tone and looks. Also i don't think they do a 6 string ash version (not sure tho). The weight can get a bit annoying sometimes but a wide padded strap sorts that out pretty well.

Alma
12-28-2005, 06:47 PM
I agree that it's personal preference. I personally thought that the bubinga was worth the extra money for its tone and looks. Also i don't think they do a 6 string ash version (not sure tho). The weight can get a bit annoying sometimes but a wide padded strap sorts that out pretty well.

Yeah. Warwick doesn't offer the Corvette 6 in ash. Shame really, id have one.

Rawb
12-29-2005, 09:44 PM
hey guys, i'm finally getting a warwick. i just ordered it a few days ago and its coming in some time next week.

i just want to know more about waxing the body. is there any particular type of wax i need to get? i really need to know.

thank you. :thumb:

oh, btw, once i get it, can i join the mx warwick club?

Alma
12-29-2005, 09:45 PM
You will get some Warwick Bees Wax with your new bass.

DaveTNG
12-30-2005, 08:22 AM
You will get some Warwick Bees Wax with your new bass.


Quoted for truth. And that reminds me I need to get some more.

And anyone with a Warwick can join the MX Warwick club!

b00mer
12-30-2005, 03:09 PM
Warwick Corvette will be my next bass - I swear on this day in front of god. Anyway, I need a new one because my Peavey Milestone III is beginning to show its limitations.

Rawb
12-30-2005, 09:35 PM
Quoted for truth. And that reminds me I need to get some more.

you need to get some more? shet, where can i get some, just in case I run out?

one more thing: sorry bout the n00b question but, how do you join the mx warwick club?

thanks.

Alma
12-30-2005, 10:43 PM
You have to own a warwick then you you change your user title from War Silva or *MX Warwick Club*. But of course its up to you!

Its just naming rights really :)

DaveTNG
12-31-2005, 04:33 AM
Yeah it's not a really serious thing or anything. As far as buying the wax goes, i'm not 100% sure. If you're in the UK i think GAK or Soundslive will do it. Not sure about the US but I would expect most big online shops to do it and maybe even your local shop depending on how big it is.

Edit: Stringsdirect do it if you're in the UK. If you're in the US then you should be able to get it direct from Warwick/Dana B. Goods.

Luchesi
01-02-2006, 10:07 PM
One thing to watch out for on these (or any other solid bubinga body bass), is that they are incredibly heavy. Easily the heaviest bass I've ever played. I owned one for a few months and had to buy a wider padded strap to distribute the weight more efficiently. Before buying the new strap, a two hour long practice would kill my shoulder. Just something to be aware of, they are definitely great basses, but the weight is murder.

Another thing to consider if any of you are looking for one of these. Models from 1998 thru present day are much different than the ones available from 1997 and before. Actually, the neck is what's different. The ones that were pre 98 had an all wenge neck, whereas the ones post 97 have an ovangkol neck with wenge fretboard (on fretted models). The other thing that changed was the neck profile. On the pre 98 models the neck was VERY slim, similar to a Geddy Lee jazz bass or Ibanez Soundgear. The newer models have a MUCH thicker neck, very similar to a P-Bass, but with a slightly deeper profile. Personal preferences will vary, but I much prefer the pre 98 models.

You think Bubinga is heavy? Try a Warwick Thumb BO... Ovankol is freakin' DENSE. But for tone like that, it's worth it.

Alma
01-03-2006, 04:50 AM
^ I think bubinga is heavy IMO.

DaveTNG
01-03-2006, 12:53 PM
I also think bubinga is heavy.

Rawb
01-04-2006, 10:57 PM
thanks primus and djdeath. your info is greatly appreciated. :thumb:

DaveTNG
01-05-2006, 11:57 AM
thanks primus and djdeath. your info is greatly appreciated. :thumb:

That's what we're here for :thumb:

Let us know when your bass arrives. We will want pics i'm sure :D

JackG
01-06-2006, 01:37 PM
I to play a warwick corvette standard, and streamer 5 string, also a fender original 68 jazz bass, i must say the corvette is really quite something just for gigging its excellent (zeppelin-678 we must talk, we both play these an love zep)

JackG
01-06-2006, 01:39 PM
Have any of you guys tried the Warwick Buzzard?

Alma
01-06-2006, 05:22 PM
Ive held one, and play it briefly unamped. Man was that thing big.

Typical warwick neck, just with a massive body.

Hardinge
01-08-2006, 10:53 AM
that bass looks sweet

PRIMUS-BASS
01-08-2006, 03:19 PM
kool

Rawb
01-09-2006, 12:00 AM
Let us know when your bass arrives. We will want pics i'm sure

woohoo!! it came in two days ago. i'll pics up some time this week. :thumb:

DaveTNG
01-09-2006, 09:58 AM
woohoo!! it came in two days ago. i'll pics up some time this week. :thumb:

Nice one :D You sound pleased. What model did you get?

Rawb
01-11-2006, 01:37 AM
Nice one You sound pleased. What model did you get?

i got the corvette standard 5. this bass will probably be the last bass i'll ever get...at least until i get me on of 'em moduluses.

Alma
01-11-2006, 01:44 AM
i got the corvette standard 5. this bass will probably be the last bass i'll ever get...at least until i get me on of 'em moduluses.

Make thread and post some pics! :D

DaveTNG
01-11-2006, 09:09 AM
i got the corvette standard 5. this bass will probably be the last bass i'll ever get...at least until i get me on of 'em moduluses.

I take it you like the low B on the 'vette. I find mine to be very tight.

Naminator
01-12-2006, 05:57 PM
Overall 9.2/10 - It's one of the best basses out there yet I personally like the Fender Jazz Bass Fretless better for it's tone and strength.

Factory set-up 9/10 - Mine was shipped from Germany to Ventura (CA), Los Angeles (CA), Jacksonville (Fl), Deerfield Beach (FL), Boca Raton (FL), Miami Airport, Caracas (Venezuela). It was packed in a gigbag (which by the way is one of the best out there) "Thanks RockBag!" and it was perfectly in tune. The bridge was harmonized just the way I like it. I checked for scratches or dents and none were seen. The best thing i found about it is the exceptional tuning gears, i could tune to exactly 441 Hz if i wanted to with it.

Playability 10/10 - I had never heard or played a Warwick except for a RockBass Corvette, i loved the tone so i asked myself "If this bass makes people cry it would be overkill to own an original one. And it is Nuff' Said. The bass is extremely slap friendly even though you can barely hear the G String while double thumping it, The neck is very thick and very heavy (so is the bass itself) I haven't seen a better constructed bass like this one.

Electronics 8/10 - The bridge/neck pickups could have been better such as individual mastering and they could have made them double coiled instead of single coiled. I wouldn't mind changing the pickups because that's what the warwick tone is designed for. it's like putting ferrari wheels on an old chevette.
(not that ferrari wheels exist)

Tone 10/10 - I love it! The slap sound anywhere on the fretboard is extremely good except 15.ish - 24.ish. The growly tone really was a surprise.

Hardware 8/10 -Everything is awesome except for the single pickup coiling and that one of the pickup screws gets loose once in a while.

Others 7/10 - Don't EVER overwax it or you'll spend days with wax on your hands which consequently damage the strings. Don't EVER wax it near the pickups because it dulls the tone by damping the wiring.

Sorry for spelling. And i'll put pics up soon, whenever a digital cam and my bass meet.

fingerstyle
02-09-2006, 08:49 PM
My new Warwick Corvette 6 string bubinga is sitting at my dads house in Melbourne, ready for me to come and collect it. It's second hand but it didn't come with wax, and it looks as though (dad told me) it has a few little blemishes on the wood that might come good with some waxing. But nevertheless, I have a Warwick 6 String Corvette.

m00sa
02-10-2006, 11:24 AM
just got a new 'vette 2 weeks ago
having the time of my life with it :D
(active 4 string)

mastrrbasser
02-24-2006, 10:07 AM
Others: Be aware that these instruments need to be waxed at least every two or three days during the first couple months you have them, and then once every two weeks or so afterwards. But for that wood, it's worth it. Also, my Corvette has a very distinctive figure to it that most bubinga does not. Just warning you guys, don't order one expecting it to come in like that^.


I've found that the lemon spray in an aerosaul can that's meant to shine wooden furniture is a great substitution for the wax. You might think i'm crazy for trying it, but i sprayed and polished a spot on the back of the body first to see if it would work, then i did the whole bass. The end result is stunning. My bass has a luster that it has never had before. And on the plus side, if you are still young with me and live with your parents, there is a high chance you already have this stuff in your linen closet or under your sink, and you don't have to go out and buy it. Check it out my fellow warwick owners.

SüP
03-10-2006, 11:01 PM
I just bought one on monday, and I can say that I have NO buyers remorse whatsoever. Sounds beautiful, plays beautiful, and looks beautiful. The rest of my band it drooling over it.

One question for all the Warwick owners, should I seriously be waxing it that often?

Tryxx
03-11-2006, 10:00 AM
I...haven't waxed my bass in months. Looks fine.

Killer Fridge
03-11-2006, 10:03 AM
i didnt wax my thumb for a couple of months, and i noticed that the neck felt dry as hell, and it all felt wrong - been waxing it everyday or so now, and it plays so much better, not sure why though. It just feels better, looks better too :thumb:

gronk
03-12-2006, 12:20 AM
I pick up my 5 string Hot Rod tomorrow morning!!

So damn excited!!

SüP
03-12-2006, 02:23 AM
Mabye I should invest in some wax and the likes.

Led_Zeppelin678
03-13-2006, 09:38 AM
If you sweat at all while you play it, waxing is a necessity. If you plant your thumb somewhere (pickup, side of neck, wherever), then you definitely have to wax there, or the wood will start to fade to a grey-brown color. It's easily back to normal with some heavy waxing, but it fades back much easier than it came in the first time.

Chris K
03-14-2006, 04:24 PM
i didnt wax my thumb for a couple of months, and i noticed that the neck felt dry as hell, and it all felt wrong - been waxing it everyday or so now, and it plays so much better, not sure why though. It just feels better, looks better too :thumb:

I don't think you need to wax the neck, the oils from your hands are sufficient. Unless you have very dry skin.

Killer Fridge
03-14-2006, 04:54 PM
I don't think you need to wax the neck, the oils from your hands are sufficient. Unless you have very dry skin.

i have very dry skin (you really should see my hands, when they get bad, they are possibly the scummiest things on the face of the earth :thumb: )

martin_sane
03-15-2006, 07:23 AM
The US version of the SNES looks all blocky and weird.

Tryxx
03-15-2006, 09:11 AM
If you sweat at all while you play it, waxing is a necessity. If you plant your thumb somewhere (pickup, side of neck, wherever), then you definitely have to wax there, or the wood will start to fade to a grey-brown color. It's easily back to normal with some heavy waxing, but it fades back much easier than it came in the first time.

I don't sweat or anything while playing mine, and we don't really have humidity problems here. I'm thinking about waxing it simply on principle though.

Walk In The Park
03-15-2006, 12:39 PM
Sick man. Like the super nintendo too!

7-Up
03-16-2006, 07:07 PM
Man I Love Snes!

PsychoTronn
12-24-2006, 02:08 AM
good review

symmetrix
01-20-2007, 12:00 AM
awesome warwick!

LifeInABox
06-02-2007, 11:23 PM
Yeah, my corvette sounds great with DR flatwounds.

righttimbre
06-11-2007, 01:38 PM
I agree with you guys that the quality of warwicks are great if I were to get one i would get the $$ but i figure if your going to spend that much on a bass why wouldnt you get a wal bass custom made wich has a 100 times better tone then any warwick

Led_Zeppelin678
06-23-2007, 01:59 AM
Well, a Wal's tone is very distinct. The tone is very high quality, but might not be to some people's tastes.

P13
04-28-2008, 04:02 PM
i recently got a warwick thumb NT (good price, excellent bass) and it is just great. heavy but the wood is dark and amazing sounding. I find that MEC isn't as bad as people say, they aren't spectacular but my preamp is very versatile, I'm putting a review up in a week or so and will go in depth.