Round wound strings that fit Warwick 5ers
Apologies if this has been covered before. Many Warwick 5 string players will be aware that the string slots on the tail piece are too narrow to accommodate thicker gauge strings.
Now, I've only experimented with a couple of different sets so far. I really like DR Low Riders, but the .130 B sits too snug. Muted tone. I just fitted a set of La Bella Stainless Round Wounds (previously known as Hard Rockin' Steels). The .128 B is tapered and easily fits. Sounds great, rich and full. But the .105 E string is actually thicker at the ball end and doesn't fit. I crushed it with a set of pliers as best I could and got it in, but it's still too tight and the tone is muted :scowl: This seems ridiculous to me. How can a 105 not fit? I love these strings but now I need a replacement E string of some description.
1- Do Warwick offer a Tail piece with wider slots? Edit: I've just seen this on their website, but it appears to be sold with a bridge/tailpiece combination. I wonder if the tailpiece is sold separately? Alternatively - how about file the existing one down, is that a common solution?
2 - What strings are you other guys using that fit with no clearance issues? Can we get some sort of list going. I'm only interested in stainless/nickel rounds personally but feel free to add whatever.
1. AFAIK, it's a package deal, since the tailpiece IS part of the bridge assembly.
2. I've used a number of sets of strings with little to no issue, since I usually take a pair of pliers to the B string and in two seconds, crimp the end so it fits. Never had an issue with an E string, from ANY brand.
Set's I've used with good results have been the GHS Contact Core Super Steels (which are contact core from the D string on), and the Pressurewounds (the B string slides in the bridge slot easily).
I've never had a problem with any .105's on my Warwick, but I've never used LaBella so there must be something weird with their strings.
Anything with a tapered B should be fine:
Well, I took to the tail piece with a flat file. Took about half an hour of filing while watching the telly. The 4th and 5th string slots are nice and wide now :) easy fix!
But even with the wider slots, the E string still sounds poor. I compared the E string to another one (also La Bella). The winding at the ball end is definitely thicker. The other E sounds great. I think it may have been a manufacturing error. I'm trying to see if the supplier will replace it, it might be a longshot.
This is a common problem warwick is well aware of. Back when I had one their direct response to the problem was that owners should go buy metal file and make the slots wide enough themself for other strings. The really funny thing to me about it is that the slots wont even work with some warwick strings cause slots to narrow. So warwick has no care about making their basses bridges even compatable with all their own label strings. Only some. Filing slots wider with metal file is pretty easy for allmost anyone to do themself. But it would be nice if warwick wasnt so arrogant about making bridges they know wont even fit some of their own strings. This was all in regard to german made not import warwick I owned for my direct experience with dano good distributor for them in usa about bridge slots.
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