Dismiss Notice

Psst... Ready to join TalkBass and start posting, make new friends, sell your gear, and more?  Register your free account in 30 seconds.

Basslines/Warwick

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by andreas_bass, Jun 22, 2003.


  1. Hi!
    Does anyone know if you order a Warwick bass with Basslines PUs. Which model do they put in the bass? I'm planning to switch PUs in my Streamer LX 5 from MEC to Basslines.

    Andreas
     
  2. Frank Martin

    Frank Martin Bitten by the luthiery bug...

    Oct 8, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary, EU
    They dont. MEC is Warwicks own p/u and preamp brand, and every model comes with it since they stopped using EMGs (at least as far as I know they used to use EMGs very early). The only way to get a Warwick with a SD is to change it manually.
     
  3. Halftooth

    Halftooth Supporting Member

    Nov 24, 2002
    Tri-Valley, NorCal
    Actually, Warwick offerred Basslines p/u's with many of their basses. Off the top of my head, the Stage I for a long time had them, most 6 string basses with the Soapbars, the FNA and FNA Jazzman, Streamer Jazzman, and the Infinity 2K. I could be wrong on this, but if I remember right, MEC for the most part is a copy of the Basslines electronics on their highend basses. Personally, I think the MEC is more britle sounding. On your bass, if it's the same as a Stage II, you basically need two bridge length pickups. I believe Basslines sells a set for Warwicks with the Jazz config.
     
  4. rcorreia

    rcorreia

    Jun 22, 2003
    A quick question, Have you had any problems with your Streamer LX 5 with regards to Radio/Static interference?

    I just bought one 3 days ago, It's picking up a local radio station clear as day. I've tried all the obvious things and ruled out everything but the bass. Amp/effects/cables all fine plus my two other 6 string electric guitars have no problems.

    Went back to the music store but they are kind of clueless and acted like I was the first person on earth ever to have this problem.

    The interference is pretty bad, so bad that I'm going to have to return it if I can't resolve this.
     
  5. That sounds really strange. I don't have any problems with my Warwick. It's really a great bass so maybe it's something wrong with yours. Talk to the staff at the store and try a different LX bass (if they have one) with your rig. Mine is totally quiet.
     
  6. Halftooth

    Halftooth Supporting Member

    Nov 24, 2002
    Tri-Valley, NorCal
    Maybe you should be getting some Basslines p/u's to help with your problem.:eek:
     
  7. fastplant

    fastplant

    Sep 26, 2002
    Connecticut
    Hmmmm, I just bought my Warwick Thumb a few months ago, brand new and it came with the MEC pickups, but an EMG preamp. Is this odd?
     
  8. rcorreia

    rcorreia

    Jun 22, 2003
    That does sound odd actually. Warwick owns MEC so I would expect all the electronic components to be MEC.

    Apparently Warwick used to use EMG components but stopped doing that years ago.

    Might not be something to complain about though, I think EMG is still higher end then MEC.

    RC
     
  9. fastplant

    fastplant

    Sep 26, 2002
    Connecticut
    I just figured it was supposed to be like that. When I opened it up I was a bit surprised, but I like the preamp quite a bit, so no complaining from me! Unless this is an older bass, but the store claimed it was new and it certainly looked and felt new, so maybe not used, just older?
     
  10. rcorreia

    rcorreia

    Jun 22, 2003
    I think getting an "older" new bass/guitar is pretty common especially if you don't live in a big city.

    The Streamer LX I just bought was built in early 2002 and had a pile of dust on it but it was definately new. They sell Fender P-basses like their candy but all the nice expensive guitars are always in the same spot whenever I come in.

    As long as you got all the warwick accessories and the warranty card I wouldn't worry about it.

    RC
     
  11. pistoleroace

    pistoleroace

    Sep 13, 2002
    WI
    Do you use a wireless? That is the only thing I can think of that will pick up radio static.
     
  12. rcorreia

    rcorreia

    Jun 22, 2003
    Nope no wireless setup.

    After some hesitation I finally managed to talk to someone in the music store who is familiar with this kind of problem. They are going to check for bad grounds and possibly put some more shielding in. If that doesn't work they said they would order me a replacement, although I'll believe that when I see it.

    It's not all that uncommon of a problem although it usually happens with cheaper basses/guitars and usually under just the right conditions.

    If I put my hand over the neck pickup I'm able to block the RF Signal, doing the same to the bridge pickup doesn't do a thing so I'm begining to suspect bad wiring in the nect pickup.

    RC
     
  13. Lots of things can pick up radio interference. I've had problems with amps, pedals, and even my line out jack when the speaker out was fine.
     
  14. pistoleroace

    pistoleroace

    Sep 13, 2002
    WI
    In my 20+ yrs of playing, I've never had any problems like that except for a cheap wireless that I used a long time ago.

    rcorreia, if I where you I would just have them order you a new one, I wouldn't have most joe blows at a music store touch anything of mine. Plus, if they do something to it and somewhere down the line you have to send it to DBG for repair, you may have a problem with the warrenty because a non-warrenty shop did something to it.

    Just an opinion.
     
  15. rcorreia

    rcorreia

    Jun 22, 2003
    pistoleroace,

    Your right of course, I'm not overly thrilled about them messing with the Bass. If they don't fix the problem or if they end up doing a hack job I'll insist that they replace the Bass.

    Apparenlty these guys are licensed by Warwick to do repairs in Canada.

    RC
     
  16. fastplant

    fastplant

    Sep 26, 2002
    Connecticut
    Yeah, that might be it, I guess I got lucky, I def. don't live in a big city, hehe. Now that you mention it, the sales guy did mention that the Thumb had been there a while.
     
  17. Halftooth

    Halftooth Supporting Member

    Nov 24, 2002
    Tri-Valley, NorCal
    Have you contacted DBG yet? They are really very helpfull and they may even take care of whatever problem there is on the bass. Defintley send them an email, and they tell you what should be done.
    Gene
     
  18. rcorreia

    rcorreia

    Jun 22, 2003
    I sent them an email but they don't do Warwick support in Canada. They said I would have to deal with the vendor who sold me the bass.

    RC
     
  19. jasonbraatz

    jasonbraatz

    Oct 18, 2000
    Oakland, CA
    warwick will put basslines, barts, or emgs in your bass, if you want them to.


    they actually have a TON of custom options, it's just that they're rediculously expensive.


    you'd probably be better off getting the bass, buying the pickups/preamp you want, putting them in, and selling the MEC stuff on ebay.