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--> 5 string = Warwick Or ibanez

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Suckbird, Nov 27, 2004.

What bass?

Poll closed Dec 4, 2004.
  1. Warwick Rockbass corvette

    50 vote(s)
  2. Ibanez SRX505

    41 vote(s)
  1. Suckbird

    Suckbird Banned

    May 4, 2004
    So i ordered a ibanez srx500 and now decided i want a 5 string instead, they will send my bass on monday so i still have time to change (i guess).

    I'm thinking of these two:
    Warwick Rockbass Corvette (either active or passive).
    Ibanez srx505

    Both in same pricerange (europe).
    I want a fast neck and a punchy sound, good for metal.

  2. fozzy


    Jun 21, 2001
    Riga, Latvia, EU
    Go for Ibanez.
  3. Suckbird

    Suckbird Banned

    May 4, 2004
  4. fozzy


    Jun 21, 2001
    Riga, Latvia, EU
    Rockbass - made in China
    Ibanez - made in Korea

    I think Ibanez is better overall quality. So my choice is Ibanez.
  5. milo


    Jul 22, 2004
  6. i voted for the 'nez because of the type of music he wants to play. I guess it really doesn't matter when you think about it. But if I lived in europe I would rather get a used german warwick.

    I think they are now making a fortress model of the rockbass. If that was the choice, I would get a fortress 5, whether made in china by chinese or made in germany by turks or made in california by mexicans or made in mexico by mexicans or made in korea by koreans. Welcome to globalization!
  7. Stevious G

    Stevious G

    May 5, 2003
    If you want a fast neck, go with the Ibanez.
  8. Suckbird

    Suckbird Banned

    May 4, 2004
  9. I would not put too much weight with only 6 opinions on the harmoeny central.

    That store has good prices, especially for EU.


    You might like this one for your metal needs. I have heard vintage B.C.s They look ugly to me, but that dual P pickup config is to die for, rare on a 5.

    Edit: I noticed when you browse in English the prices include the UK sales tax, a 17.5% penalty. ouch!
  10. LA


    Oct 17, 2001
    I'd go with the Ibanez (not I-ben-had, like some people say). It's a quality instrument - I might snag 1 myself early next year.
  11. Suckbird

    Suckbird Banned

    May 4, 2004
    maybe i should just stick with the srx500, i will regret it because i really want to play a 5-string. I've had enough trouble with changing orders and sending back stuff when buying from internet.
  12. you should get a five for sure. But there are so many different 5s. I really think the P-style split pickup is inmportant for metal. But that is just me. It is so hard to find them on fives.
  13. Suckbird

    Suckbird Banned

    May 4, 2004
    I cant remember i've ever seen a 5 with P-style pickup.
    I thought it was the humbuckers that was important for metal, anyway i love the look of a spector with p/j combination.

    Also, there's the rockbass fortress in the same price range as the basses i mentioned. It has 2 J pickups.
    <img src="http://www.netzmarkt.de/thomann/prodbilder/169931.jpg">
    I'm not really a fan of the design though, like the corvette better. But for sure if it's better theni would go for it instead.

    Another thing i have thought off, i'm used to have this dots at 3rd, 5th,7th band etc.. so i will be gone in the fretboard lol.
  14. That means absolutely nothing. :rollno:

    I've seen good and bad basses from both countries.

    ...I own two Rockbasses, a Corvette and a Streamer.

    The finish and quality of both of these basses is fantastic. Bass Player magazine have given Rockbasses the outstanding construction award, and outstanding tone.

    Bass Player also wrote a great review on the Rockbass Corvette in which the Corvette received the Bass Player Editors award for Best Buy.

    Check out the review:


    My Corvette is a passive 4, it has a super fast and smooth neck, and get's some great punchy tones.

    I haven'y played the Ibanez, so I won't say the Corvette will be better, but I can say it's a lovely bass that you should play before making up your mind.

  15. Raven


    Nov 14, 2004
    Jacksonville, Fl
    I've got a 5-string Ibanez SG and am very happy with it. I like Ibanez necks.... thin and fast.
  16. fozzy


    Jun 21, 2001
    Riga, Latvia, EU
    I know! But i really don't like Rockbass line, except Fortress. Bass Player Editors award means nothing, too, just cheap marketing trick :D
  17. You may not like the Rockbass line, and that is fine. You don't have to. Not liking a product is different to saying that it will be inferior quality just because it's made in China as opposed to Korea. ;)

    Regardless of whether or not you give any merit to a positive review of the Rockbass Corvette from Bass Player magazine (personally after having first hand experience with the product I think the review is spot on), there's no denying their quality and outstanding value for money.

    Like I said, I can't comment on the Ibanez in comparison, because I haven't played or owned one.

    But, as an owner of two of them, I can vouch for the incredible quality of the Warwick Rockbass line, and their lovely playability and tone.

    To Suckbird: I suggest that if you're having second thoughts about your purchase, then you go and play a Rockbass Corvette. If you like it, get it. If you don't like it, then stick with the Ibanez :D There's no denying the build quality of Rockbasses, but after all - you're the one that's gotta like the tone :bassist:



  18. Mud Flaps

    Mud Flaps

    Feb 3, 2003
    Norton, MA
    Ordinarily, I'd choose a Warwick (even a RockBass) over an Ibanez.

    ...but not the SRX series.

    The SRX series to me sounds fantastic. My friend has an SRX500 and I'd choose it even over higher end Warwicks. It has really phat tone, it's one of the best basses on the market for slap, and it's really cheap.

    The only reason I don't own one is because the neck is too thin for me to play.
  19. 1954bassman


    Jun 7, 2004
    Hickory, NC
    I would look elsewhere for a nasty 5. Just IMO.
  20. The low B on the SRX505 is absolute rubbish, and its tone is nothing special, the only upside is its playability with its slim neck. The rockbass on the other hand has a nice snappy tone, but the B string is still nothing to write home about, not as bad as the Ibanez though! I'd say try to find a cheap used REAL corvette, you'll never look at another rockbass or SRX again.