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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by PBFACTOR, Sep 16, 2011.
I play it still. 5 string NT. Sweet bass.
I still have mine. Just finished recording 8 songs for my band's album: I used the Katana on two songs. It's got that single-coil Jazz bass sound but with so much more articulation and clarity.
They seem like a Warwickian answer to a '70s j-bass.
Very much so, and they should be viewed in this sort of mindset - if you're after a readily attainable singlecoil J equipped Warwick, it's either the Katana or the Corvette Standard because Streamer Stage II's have always been relatively pricey. I discount the Thumb BO from this list because it has a much more distinctive tone, not jazz-like in my opinion.
A TalkBass thread about cool basses with no pics.
Who ARE you people???????
Allow me to be the first -
My Katana was a little north of $4k when I bought it about a decade ago, when it was still a production model. Now that it's custom shop only, I see the price has gone up to around $6k.
Streamer Stage II's must certainly be less than that!
Yeah that grain is pic worthy...... and matches the dish towels too!
What can I say? I like blue and green.
Yes, but like for like, the Stage II is more expensive. A used Stage II against a new Katana will be priced more favourably.
Grave digging this thread. I bought a used Katana NT last year and absolutely love it. I've mostly been playing a SSII for the last 15 years and had kinda forgotten how compressed the sound is compared to more traditional bass woods. It must be the combo maple neck and maple/ash body but my Katana just sings. It feels like the body is huge compared to a Streamer but it's not actually that much bigger. Also, weirdly, to me it has a P bass "thump" even with the Jazz pickups. After some time the looks even grew on me, I call it the Booty Bass because of the humps on the body's backside. If you get a chance I highly recommend playing one.
I had one for a while some years ago. Craziest deal I ever got and probably will ever get on a bass. It was a 4 string NT with flame top like the 5 string a few posts back. It was brand new but had been at Guitar Center for 2 years or something. They had it tagged at $400 and I bought it immediately! Nothing was wrong with it and played/sounded great.
I didn't play it much and eventually traded it off. Aside from being an amazing instrument I couldn't get over the looks. The body shape just doesn't do it for me.
Sadly, mine sits in a case now, all these years later. I have moved on to 5 strings and Dingwalls are my current obsession. I still own my Katana because I won't sell it for what I can get for it. Let my heirs figure out what to do with it, I guess.
That reminds me of a meme I see sometimes that says "If I die please don't let my wife sell my basses for what I told her they cost". Last year I started writing the price I paid for a bass inside the control cavity. Hope that helps somebody after I'm gone haha
I just snagged one...should be here next week.
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