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Rockbass Corvette question

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by 3234718, Nov 20, 2012.

  1. 3234718

    3234718 Supporting Member

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    I came across a used one. Tons of dings and scratches but works just fine. Is $200 about right? It's this one but very used: [​IMG]
    What basses is it on par with? Mexican Fenders? I've never really played any Warwicks.
  2. Bongolation

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    I certainly wouldn't pay more.

    I've worked on basses for over forty years and I have to say that the most genuinely, shockingly, jaw-droppingly horrible basses I've ever seen were some of these Chinese Rockbass things.

    Excellent hardware, but screwy build and materials, bad CNT indexing, finish trainwrecks...you name it.

    On the other hand, I've seen a few that were actually pretty nice. There's just no telling...but they have a pretty dubious reputation and very deservedly. Some look OK but won't set up. Zero (0) QC. If anyone tells you differently, ask how much bench time they have on instruments generally and these in specific. ;)

    For perspective, somewhere around here I have an excellent pre-W-head Rockbass Corvette I got for $199, new, a few years ago. Actually, it's the only Rockbass I've seen without major problems of some kind. Maybe I haven't looked hard enough.
  3. 3234718

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    It's the one that doesn't say rockbass on the headstock. Just the w. I really didn't get a good sense of the tone. Is it basically a jazz bass with an upper horn that kinda looks like a penis?
  4. Bongolation

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    No, it's less than that.

    Warwicks seem like the most bizarrely overpriced production instruments on the planet. Their appeal is to "modern bass guitar" style players who fall for the exotic-woods mojo. The Rockbass just is a low-end entry into that clanky world for those who find it (or the erect phallus) alluring.

    The only difference I can see between the W and pre-W Rockbass Corvette is the bridge, and I think I prefer the earlier one.

    Considering the condition and price, passing on this deal won't be any tragedy.
  5. xantometapon

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    That´s what I call a constructive post.
    I do not like the Corvette´s design. I will not buy one. End of story.

    I do not like Fender P-basses (for example) at all.
    That´s no reason to throw **** over them.

    Next time I suggest you keep your infinite wisdom for yourself.

    BTW, my Streamer LX4 is one of the best, if not the best, bass I have ever had, and I have had more than 20.
  6. 3234718

    3234718 Supporting Member

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    Who's infinite wisdom?
  7. xantometapon

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    BONGOLATION´s
  8. 3234718

    3234718 Supporting Member

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    I don't think he likes Warwicks.
  9. SteveHeissner

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    Peace Brothas, Peace. Why can't we all just get along? I love Warwicks and Fenders alike. Basses are like dogs. Each one, regardless of breed, has a unique personality and its behavior will vary widely. However... I do agree that some Chinese built products are complete crap and lack quality control.
  10. TNCreature

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    I owned one Rockbass Corvette W logo. And it played really well no set-up issues after I put in the time to get it right. And rhe sustain of the strings went on forever. But, I just didn't like the way it sounded. So I sold it.

    That being said, I have 2 German Corvette's, one $$ 4 and an older pro 5 with the j pickup style. They are both great basses (FOR ME the subjective part). The $$ is pretty aggressive so it gets used for that kind of rock. The 5'er is very versatile and a joy to play.

    Other people are more qualified than I am to speak about the build, etc.
    I think an entry level bass is just that; an axe to get you in to this world. To learn about music and instrument construction.
    People do get "cultish" about certain instruments, but after you play for years of your life, you just don't care.

    Descriptive reviews about build quality and sound description from experienced players is always helpful too. These can be good guides for the curious. Nothing like actually touching the instrument yourself though.

    Have fun!

    TNC
  11. 3234718

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    I already have a few awesome higher end basses. I've just always wanted a Warwick. Anyone have any idea where I might find a fretless neck for it?
  12. WarwickOfficial

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    Actually, the new Rockbasses are completely overhauled. They all feature 2-piece bodies made from Ash or Alder, 3-piece laminated necks with ekanga veneer strips, the SAME hardware (tuners, 2-piece 3D bridge, JANIII nut, quick access control and truss covers) and Pickups as the German basses, and a serious focus on Quality Control.

    OP, please let me know if you have any questions or need assistance in any way. Thanks!


  13. SonOfDelorian

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    I've got on myself just over a year ago now a 5 string $$ and I have to say its really good. I didn't wanna go for a really flash 5 string as I'm not a 5 string player I just wanted to use the low B for some slide/bends and adding that grunt sometimes (I know thats not conventionally what its used for but hey ho its my play style) and its brilliant. I have to say the neck isn't as smooth as it could be but you can sort that out and in terms of the rest of the bass no problem. It's much better than a high end Squier but about in level with a mexican standard fender.
  14. UncleFluffy

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    "new" = newer than what date?
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    The Rockbass line was totally overworked in 2009/2010, and began to be distributed in 2010/2011. The 2-piece bridge and the W on the headstock are the easiest ways to identify them. Please let me know if you've got any other questions. Thanks!
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    Thank you!
  17. cfsporn

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    While I would agree that Warwicks are extremely overpriced (which contributes to their poor resale value and poor sales for non-standard models), I can't argue that the German 'Wicks are among the best made basses on the market. The sound and playability are love/hate, but can't that also be said of any bass? I know I am in the "love" camp.

    That said, I have heard mixed things about the lower end Warwicks. The few I have played have been okay, if unremarkable. However, considering some of the things I have read about them, unremarkable may be a good thing.

    My advice is to play it, and if you like it, get it (but try to talk them down on the price first). If you don't, try to find a used German Warwick. As I said before, the resale value on them is so low, that good deals are easy to find.
  18. rogerbmiller

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    What kind of pickups were used in the older series Rockbasses? Also the same MECs and the German Warwicks or something else?

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