Before my shift to 5-string, the Warwick Corvette Standard 4 was my favorite bass. Mine was older with a Wenge neck. It was passive with single-coil MECs. I switched those to DiMarzio Model J's and found myself in bass tone and playing heaven. I sold it when I switched to 5ers.
Many basses have come and gone since. The Corvette Standard 4 is the only bass that I miss and have regretted selling.
Its a beast, my beast!
- 5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed May 19, 2018
- Build Quality:
- + Craftmenship, feel of the neck, versatile sound, looks and the love in return you get
- - Could not find any
Bought it in 97 as the second owner. First guy could not get used to a fiver. Played it hardly. Then I saw her...(sounds like a cheap novel) and decided without any hesistation that it would be mine. Besides the fact that I played guitar and could absolutly not affort this beauty, i still bought the Corvette 5. Without any doubt the most attractive, sleak, modern, natural and professional looking bass to me at that time.But never played it. I new the Warwick reputation. Absurdly expensive and top materials crafted by skilled workers, not the cheapest. Made in Germany, next to the Netherlands.
It served with the amp as a stand for the bedroon TV. The included softcase was used by our cats for sharpening frontpaws. Didnt hurt the bass inside was my idea.
After the last band split up, stopt being active in a band the last 8 years. Career. Until the summer of '11. If i knew a bassplayer... Yes, me! (Joke) was the answer to a fellow i knew. But at the same moment it felt like a good opportunity to play again. Even on a bass, which I always found boring and lazy. I used to play Ibanez RG's and metal....
First evening as a bassplayer. The others looked very very amazing at the novice i was with a Corvette 5.
Never played before. Amp was a Peavey Basic 50. Played the first notes....
The band still exists after 7 years and 100+ shows with only the original singer and me. Simply cannot stop playing.
Its the feeling we all know. Hard to describe. But for me, it has everything to do with my Corvette. I love it.
Played other basses, but they are still boring to me.
Dont play guitar anymore, i am totally hooked on bass, progrock and my Corvette.
For very little FS-able FX i still use a Digitech GSP2101 also a 90's product amped by Warwick Xtreme 10.1 over a set of Greenboys 15/6.
Earthquake material. Ultraclean, powerfull, subtle and usefull. Comes with a everlasting smile on the bassplayers face.
In short. I saw a Corvette and start playing bass and quit everything else.
Nothing but the truth.
- 4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Feb 4, 2017
- Build Quality:
- + Feel and build quality
- - Heavy. And requires waxing care.
'99 corvette std was my 1st 5er
It's a keeper. I love the feel of the neck. Rock solid setup. Has never requires adjustment. You can set action crazy low. So it plays easy and fast for a bass. I love the low end tone. Big clean bottom heavy sound.
To me it sounds fantastic and clean.
I have many many hours on this bass and see very little evidence of fret or neck wear.
Although it does require waxing ( I always use Warwick wax ) it comes up like brand new After its done. I typically only wax it when I change strings.
Another reviewer mentioned that it didn't sit well in the mix. I also find this to be true only in certain types of band configuration. If I'm playing with several electric guitars ... especially with a les Paul type rhythm guitar, it does seem to be tough to pull out of the mix. However in a quartet / jazz or acoustic set ... It's perfect. For crazy deep loud ... It is thunderously low and also perfect. But I do get lost in the mix for much that I play.
It's also pretty heavy ... So I often find myself playing other basses when I'm with a larger band configuration, or going to be standing a lot.