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Corvette std 5 new to me

Discussion in 'Warwick Basses' started by Ty_Boogie, Oct 25, 2013.

  1. Ty_Boogie

    Ty_Boogie Bass, A way of life Supporting Member

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    hello, one week ago I purchased a Corvette Std 5 string active bass made in Germany, E-125785-06

    I did some research, Wenge fret board, ovangkol neck, Bubinga body. "My first active bass", loving it.

    Warwick's site says the strings should be .045 .065 .085 .105 .135
    I don't know what strings are on it, but a made up set for sure as the B string is the only one with silk at the ends. I ordered Black Label strings, when they come I'll take it back for setup, althought on my $12 tuner it's mostly spot on.

    can i put heavier gauge strings on it, or because of the nut I have to stay with the gauges above?
    Also being used I don't have the tools and manual that come with it, I have emailed Warwick and they sent me the .pdf manual in 6 minutes at 2am EST, kudos to great customer service.

    I live in NYC, is the shop in Manhattan walk in or by appointment?

    Anything else anyone can tell me about my bass? or Warwick in general?

    TIA
    Tyrone
  2. Means2nEnd

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    Congrats on your new acquisition and welcome to the world of Warwick. The black label strings are stainless steel and are plenty zingy they will feel a little rough when you first put them on like Pro Steels from DD but after about a week of playing they will feel smooth and settle in they are great strings IMO and last a long time. Also the B and E are slightly tapered and it works well with the 2 piece bridge from Warwick. You can use other strings but sometimes the Band E need to be pinched with pliers to fit in the string retainer holding the ball end of the string. If you are drop tuning a ½ or whole step the standard gauge black labels have a high amount of tension and will drop well without getting flappy but any dropping further than that I would suggest larger gauge strings.

    Warwick custom shop should be able to sell you and have in stock and tool kit. You will need two different sizes for the bridge and the truss rod tool. The correct truss rod tool is a good idea to have they are designed to strip out before causing your truss rod to snap. The bridge is a wonder of engineering it is so adjustable it’s amazing and never buzzes because when it’s set how you like it then it locks in completely solid.

    You have a bubinga body Corvette and it will balance perfectly and will give you a big part of that signature Warwick woody tone and growl. The dense African woods have so much tone it’s insane it will almost sound like a Djembe it has so much wood tone it has a drum sound almost to it. You wouldn’t ever see a Warwick user saying wood doesn’t matter because as you might already have experienced it actually makes all the difference in the world. I feel sorry for the ones who haven’t experienced it firsthand. It is a big part of what makes Warwick so unique it isn’t for everyone not for the big crowd. If you are looking to have your own voice and cut through the mix and have clarity of notes and punch you will be a happy boy. Only one problem with getting bit by the Warwick bug you will want to try and own more than one believe me.

    For everything else Warwick I would suggest finding the Warwick channel on YouTube they have done an excellent job providing instrument information and demos there better than any other bass manufacturer there is period.
  3. Ty_Boogie

    Ty_Boogie Bass, A way of life Supporting Member

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    Thank you Means2nend. I was more worried about the nut than the bridge, i wanted to use roto's (using them since 1976)but i didn't want to ruin the nut, which is not adjustable on this 2006 model.

    Swing Bass 66, .45 .65 .80 .105 .130, not much different.

    Yes i have been on you tube and many other sites, as well as reading this all Warwick section of TB

    I have Black label strings coming in the right gauges.

    thanx again

    Anymore help, suggestions, tips, advice welcome
  4. Means2nEnd

    Means2nEnd Supporting Member

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    you won't ruin it.....
  5. Ty_Boogie

    Ty_Boogie Bass, A way of life Supporting Member

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    Thanx again :)
  6. Ty_Boogie

    Ty_Boogie Bass, A way of life Supporting Member

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    the Warwick black label strings came today, factory gauges .045 .065 .085 .105 .135, took forever to to show up.

    Gonna take it back to Guitar Center or set up, as buying it used I don't have the tools to unlock and adjust the bridge saddles

    I'm in the Bronx NY, gonna go to the Warwick store also, on my next day off. very happy with my Warwick so far, also I need the strap-locks pins, must be on the last owners strap.

    All i got was the bass & a lot of joy, from the birthday present to myself.

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  7. Ty_Boogie

    Ty_Boogie Bass, A way of life Supporting Member

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  8. Means2nEnd

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    Awesome...If your going by the NYC Warwick Shop and picking up tools get some Wick wax. Best thing to do is to strip her down and give it a good waxing and fret cleaning. Gorgomyte is what I suggest for the frets it will polish them up beautifully and also condition the fingerboard. Let us know how you like her after she is all set up..
  9. radmin

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    I'd be interested in seeing the nut. They have been adjustable for a long time. It might have been replaced.
  10. punkjazzben

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    Yes, my 2001 Corvette had a Just-A-Nut, so the OPs should if it's from 2006.
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    Ty,

    Congrats on your new acquisition. And Means, thanks for the kind words and info.
    If you like, you can take your bass to the Custom Shop for a setup with our tech Dan. He is a real pro, and we can show you a few tips to keeping your axe in tiptop shape. Also, like means said, we do have user kits, spare parts, and all necessary components here--so feel free to stop by!

    Best,

    Mike
    Warwick USA
  12. Ty_Boogie

    Ty_Boogie Bass, A way of life Supporting Member

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    Radmin
  13. Ty_Boogie

    Ty_Boogie Bass, A way of life Supporting Member

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    there is a small gap, is that normal? never played or owned a Warwick before. better pic of the gap

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    Sorry about the big pictures, just wanted it to be seen
  14. punkjazzben

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    I would say the nut has been replaced, as that is not a Just-A-Nut. But it's still an awesome bass. If you want to get it back to original, a Just-A-Nut is easily ordered online from Warwick and installed by a luthier or guitar tech.

    Hope you're enjoying it!
  15. Ty_Boogie

    Ty_Boogie Bass, A way of life Supporting Member

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    Thanx, I did some quick research, maybe some didn't come with just-a-nut, oh well, real quick research, more like panic.

    Still haven't took it for setup, evil work schedule. gonna take back to guitar center, 1/2 price setup since i purchased it there.

    Did I mention I got the Warwick Black Label strings from Amazon, factory gauges, for now.

    I still haven't found my happy place with this bass, also new amp Hartke VX3500 combo, awesome!!!

    Some many tones from both the amp and bass.

    Thanx again, any more input appreciated from everyone
  16. Joshua Alexander

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    That's a replacement nut. I've never seen a German Warwick with a nut that wasn't adjustable before.
  17. Ty_Boogie

    Ty_Boogie Bass, A way of life Supporting Member

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    I'm not worried about the nut too much, as a new Warwick owner i can't tell the difference.

    still playing with the different tones from the bass it self, put my amp all flat, then did the same with the bass on controls all on center, and playing with the amps settings, loving the Warwick!!!

    When the Volume knob is pulled up (Passive) is the battery still in use? I don't leave it plugged in, bought a 4 pack of batteries any way.

    I have been a passive J/J player, I am really enjoying the activeness.
  18. Joshua Alexander

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    Not sure about the Corvette, but with my Thumb the battery is always in use whether or not the preamp is active. The pickups are active as well and require the battery.
  19. Ty_Boogie

    Ty_Boogie Bass, A way of life Supporting Member

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    I'm not worried about it, was just curious, I don't leave it plugged in anyway, scared I might trip on the cord, I had a friend who cracked his neck, well his Alembic's neck haha. he has since had it repaired.

    Enjoy the holiday weekend everyone, and thank you for everything, anymore tips or ideas or opinions about the nut, really really appreciated, as I can not afford to change it at this time.

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