Warwick Corvette $$ 4
Warwick Corvette $$ 4

Corvette $$ 4, 4-string bass guitar from Warwick in the Corvette series.

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MGR/Golem 08/30/2010

Warwick Corvette $$ 4 : MGR/Golem's user review

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One is red and one is black. One had frets and one does not. The FL has an ebony FB which is almost black and looks way sharp with the red body. The fretted black-bodied version looks like most any other black bass, very nondescript. These are the ''Double Buck'' or simply ''$$'' versions, with dual, bare-pole [mm-style] humbuckers and lightweight swamp ash bodies. The swamp ash has been slightly sandblasted which makes the grain very dimensional. Looks cool.

They both come from GC clearance sales ... otherwise they'd be kinda pricey. I've seen GC tag used ones at more than the clearance price for these new ones. Funny company. Or at least their computers have a sense of humor ....

These are NOT heavy like the bubinga and other exotic Wicks. These are lighter than most basses. The twin humbuggers and control switches offer various useful tones even with the active EQ shut down. You CAN shut off the active EQ, and the passive PUs will keep on keeping on. The controls and choices are quite a story so I refer you to the Wick website ... but I like a thorough set of controls, and this ax goes there.

Despite all the cool controls on it, the EQ is only 2-band. The MM-type PUs can be split to single coil, but there is no dummy coil [so they are liable to pick up line noise, rf, etc].

The two cost cutting measures that bother me at all [2-band eq, and no dummy coils] are not actual ''quality of build'' issues, but I'd still consider that a lack of maximum total quality. But I find no other faults except for the battery access cover, which is a traditional gripe with Wick and I'd rather suffer that, than suffer the ''traditional'' 7th fret dead spot on certain other basses ..... So build quality is really fine. The bridge and tail piece allow adjustment of action height SEPERATELY from adjustments to match the FB radius .... so you can experiment with height without disturbing the radius. PU height screws are machine screws in threaded inserts [not wood screws]. Build quality plus great hardware details like the adjustable nut ... that's what makes for total quality. This bass scores high, but not top rank [that lack of dummy coils, the limits of a 2-band eq ... ]

The fretted $$ is a really nice bass, but only the FL version is truly outstanding. The fretted is versatile, comfortable, a really likeable bass, but not really set apart from it's somewhat similar competitors. You can pretty much interchange it with certain offerings from EBMM, Spector, etc. Being among good company equals high praise ... it's your money and your choice. But the FL version really *IS* set apart from it's worthy competitors. The sound of the ebony FB is very evident. The special nature of the bridge adjustments [see previous section] means so much more to an FL player. As an FL, the Wick $$ offers things the competion does not, including a piezo option [got that on another wick fl if you wanna read another review ... ] The overall playing experience of any bass is hard to describe objectively, but the Wick experience is exceptional, as long as you like fat necks. If you only dig pencil necks, you'll never get used to a Wick. Anywho the fretted version ranks barely a '4' and the FL ranks just short of '5' ... so the pair definitely gets a '4'.

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