New Warwick Streamer$$ 5-string arrived from Amazon
Well, the red Warwick Streamer $$ arrived today. If I had a camera, I'd post some pictures.
Some things right off the back:
1) It was made 11/11/2008, and the tag says something like "Hershal Music Group" (sry, not at home right now; H-something Music Group). So I'm thinking it was bought off some other company clearing their shelves.
2) The hardware is gold-brass, not silver! The pic was definitely silver, and I think the details said silver hardware, too.
3) There is a gap between the bridge and the body. The bridge came set high (and uneven), and with the contoured body design, there is a gap (for dust & gunk to get into...). The saddles were also almost maxed out for height.
All that being said, the sound is definitely there. I let it warm-up and then dialed everything in (except the truss rod. Maybe a 1/4 turn towards back bow tomorrow), and then plugged it in. I tried every combination of pup settings I could think of and I don't hear any funny noises. No buckling in the neck, frets are level (tho, I didn't gauge either - I just used my eyes and tried every fret, every string - no random buzzy frets). It came in its Rockbag with maintenance kit and new ID/warranty/inspection cards, inside of a stapled cardboard box, inside of a shipping box with paper padding.
So... From all that, can anyone tell me if its A-Stock or B-Stock? It sounds good to me. Tried it with the stock Warwick Black Labels, and a pretty new set of DR Fat Beams from my other bass.
Not sure how I feel about how it looks, tho, with that gold and that gap. I feel like the bridge and saddles shouldn't be up that high, but I've got 'em lowered and as level as I could without getting fret buzz. Definitely don't sit that high on my Rockbass.
Tension and release. Point and counterpoint. Funk 'n' jam and groin shaking walls of bass.