This is a Warwick Corvette bass, made in China, even though this is a German company. The bass has a bolt on neck, which is made of ovangkol (which is exotic and new to me). The body of the guitar is made out of bubinga, which is also rather exotic. The bridge is a two-piece Warwick bridge. There are 24 frets. The 2 pickups on the bass I played were active, though I've seen the same model with passive pickups. There is a volume knob for each pickup and a tone knob.
The bass is relatively easy to play, though it does feel very big to me in comparison to some of the other basses I am familiar with. Getting a nice sound out of this is relatively simple, assuming this is the kind of bass sound you like. It's a pretty heavy bass, that is actually kind of a beast to play. I really struggled to master it at first, it's very physically demanding which makes a lot of sense considering its enormous sound. I may just need to practice with it more, considering I am a relatively recent convert to Warwick.
I don't know if I like this sound of bass very much. It is definitely extremely powerful. However, compared to a P-Bass or something similar, I think it has a little bit too much. A friend of mine described it as a roaring sound, and I would have to agree with him. I used it with a Marshall bass amp, which probably added to the enormous power of the sound. I would have to say that metal bassists would really like this, it's a super low-end heavy bass that really moves the sound forward. I have heard that Erykah Badu's bassist also uses Warwick's, though not this model. This also makes sense, as the low end in neo-soul is similarly enormous. This doesn't really work for me, the rock that I play requires a little bit less out of the low end and more character.
I liked the Warwick for what it was, but it was tough for me to play it, and it was a little too heavy-sounding for me to play well. I don't think I would stick with this bass for very long, but I would say that it is certainly a unique instrument, and I'd recommend it to people who's taste is similar to what I already described in the last paragraph.
(Originally written by eddie31/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
Made in Germany
24 frets, two passive MEC Jazz pickups
Body: US swamp ash Set neck: ovangkol. Fingerboard: wenge.
Three controls: one volume, two tone
Strings: Warwick standard (45-105)
Very slim and comfortable neck!
The shape of the body allows an easy access to the upper frets.
The body shape is very ergonomic and the bass is very light. It's a delight!
The sound is not very versatile. Two single coil pickups and two tone controls provide only for basic combinations. But it's enough if you're looking for a good passive bass guitar with a real sound personality to get a good sound right away.
With two Jazz pickups you know what you are up to...
Nevertheless the basic sound (controls in the center position) is very deep. So you immediately get very pleasant and deep lows. This bass definitely has a strong sound character (unlike a Yamaha!).
I usually play heavy metal. This bass is not the best tool for that particular music style but it's good enough for me. It doesn't produce the "huge sound" of an Ibanez or a BC Rich for example, but it's a good solution if you are a heavy metal player who wants to play different things. The slap sound is also very good.
I play with an excellent 30-watt Ibanez Soundwave amp, which allows me to get a much bigger sound.
I've had it for three months and I'm very satisfied with its sound, weight and playability.
Compared with other bass guitars I tested (Yamaha, Ibanez) I find it has a strong character, but I also like my active Ibanez very much though (it's ideal for heavy metal).
However this bass has a big disadvantage: the head is much too heavy when you play it with a strap. So test it standing up before you buy it... Perhaps this lack of balance will convince you to choose another instrument.
Another small defect (if you can call it that) is that the sound is extremely accurate. That means that you have to play every note between the frets otherwise it won't be in tune. Because of that when you play it you feel as if you were playing a fretless where left hand precision is the most important thing. But you'll get used to it.
As a summary, it's a good bass with a very nice finish (German quality!) but the price is a bit too high considering both cons I mentioned. I don't think it's better than a budget Ibanez (SR300) that a friend bought recently. This Ibanez is not expensive and has a super sound! (although it's equipped with Ibanez pickups).
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Diatribes's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
Apart from the many electronic sr, the body and handle are made of exotic wood African bubinga.
the neck is thin enough it is possible even for a small hand like mine to go around it at the head, something I could not do with my old bass.
is low in active pickups which is manufactured in Germany.
It possde 24 cases and microphones are of the MEC (Dynamic Correction)
Channel quite late and Access in acute is suitable.
The shape is classic, the box is working fine but the wood requires maintenance with wax (wax warwick preferences)
also a problem of size: the weight! bass wood as the weight is quite Whereas therefore beware of back problem!
gives a sound its easy relativment I'll dcrire on ...
People who want to play all kinds of styles will be delighted! the bass is versatile in its Contents, it is very heavy or fat and it is pure, crystalline enough, the trick is to do some tests rglages at microphones ...
j'apprcie what is especially the ease that one has to leave notes in tapping and slap is pretty nice too.
Overall a pretty low trs both the appearance as the sound it DGIG. its worth the price if I buy low again because I Rasht a Warwick j'apprcie the sound of their bass. the only point that I ESG is the weight of the bass but the sight of the positives involved in this low trs quickly we forget what dtail!
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stefanbass's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
The neck is thin enough and long enough round shape allows good hand position on the handle (the cramps are rare ^ ^). The place of potentiomtres did nothing rvolutionnaire one for volume one for the balance and the last consists of two mounted one over the other and diameter diffrent amliorant taking main (the big down to the bass and the smallest at the top to the treble). The form also did nothing but rvolutionnaire rpart weight is low and does not seem heavy to me. (I had an old ibanez before c can be for her that it seems lg re ...)
Ps: the tuning is easy thanks to the inclination of the mcanique on the head).
The sound is amazing and rglages bass and treble permetent to slip into any musical style. The finger can then have its very round sound very aggressive slap collected with a mediator.
I played on a 135W amp GenzBenz without additional effect and I am very satisfied with the sound produced.
I use it for about a year now and nothing has changed except the fact of maintaining a wax timber body of the bass ... the price is not very attractive but low warwick really sound and a superb finish!
If I did not have a bass and I wanted to invest then I would resume without hsitation this low!