NBD: Warwick questions
I just bought my first bass. Dunno why, I blame talkbass, but I got the idea, that it should have 5 string. Not many 5 stringer for sale in my hood. There where 3 candidares. So I took a chance on a Warwick Fortress Masterman.
After getting it to our rehearsel space and a decent amp, I find that it playes well, and while it does not sound bad. I was not blown away either. Mind you it was not bad at all, but I might actually prefer a passive pup.
So here are my questions. The double jazz pup it cones with is a funny size, if I want to throw something else in, is it possible to find a pup rhat fits?
I've googled a bit and I think we are talking maple body and wenge neck, tho I'm unsure. Neck consists of three pieces of wood btw.
Serial number is 055xxxx-98, does that make it an 1998 bass?
The tuners say west-germany, which I find kinda cute and very nostalgic :)
I havent taken any pictures yet, but you can see sellers add here until she takes it down.
Btw. While this is my first bass, I'm a lifelong guitard ... Hehe :)
Also dont get me wrong, I like my new Warwick, but I just got an instant urge to mod. I used to play with a bass player that played a streamer, which had an amazing sound. The fortress feel very vanilla compared to that. It actually also feels slighly vanilly to the fender select pbass, that I compared it head to head with this evening, witch made me consider a passive pup .. Maybe a humbucker given the size of the current pup?
Personally I'd leave it.
Plug in your serial # it'll give it's info.
The tuners might have been made when it was still West Germany, but a bass made in 98 is after the wall came down.
I had a Streamer LX made of the the same materials, possibly the same year. Awesome sounding bass. The pickups in those are pretty nice, why not try a different set of strings before assuming the pickups need to be replaced? That's a beautiful bass, grats!
Those old Fortress Mastermans are stellar, I never should have sold mine.
Definitely experiment with new strings, and also make sure you are setting the gain staging correctly for your amp to get the most out of the bass. Turn the volume on FULL on the bass, turn the GAIN up on the amp and play as hard as you are going to probably play until the 'clip' light barely blinks. You want as much signal as possible going into the amp. Start with your EQ flat on the amp and on the bass and go from there adjusting. Warwicks have a very powerful sound - you shouldn't need to mod it right off the bat. I had a Corvette years ago and loved it... it was just too heavy for my taste.
Never use the tone of a previous bass to inform your amp settings on a new one.
Play with it, dial it in, play some shows, record some shows, before modding a good bass.
Thanks all for your answers ... and yeah, there is no doubt that the strings haven't been changed for years and are totally dead, so that alone may make a world of difference in it self :)
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