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Audiofanzine FR 12/05/2008

Warwick Corvette Standard : Audiofanzine FR's user review

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(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)

Bridge: Warwick

UTILIZATION

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.

SOUNDS

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.

OVERALL OPINION

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).