Corvette Pro or Cirrus

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by vegaas, Nov 9, 2001.

  1. vegaas


    Nov 6, 2001
    I play a funky type of metal with some blues influence mixed in. So I need the low heavy driving sound as well as crisp sound for pop and slap, and a smooth clean sound as well.
    I know this is asking alot of a bass, so I need versatility in it.
    I am starting to save for one of these two basses, and any info you guys can give me will be appreciated.
  2. I used to own a Corvette Standard 6 and I currently own a Cirrus freltess 6, and they are radically different instruments.

    The main area of difference (for me) is the neck - the Warwick is like a freakin' baseball bat, while the Peavey is quite slim. I find the slim profile to be very comfortable, but others love the big Warwick - your preference will be the guide on that one.

    The balance on my Warwick was TERRIBLE - the worst neck dive I've ever seen. The Peavey balances like a dream.

    I didn't find the Warwick to be as tonally flexible as the Peavey, but the tones it does well are very good. The Warwick has a heavier, darker sound which might work better with heavy music, though.

    I think that the build quality of the Cirrus is much better than the Corvette. The Cirrus is Peavey's top-of-the-line and the Corvette is Warwick's more economical bass, which may help to explain the quality gap. If I were going to get a Warwick now, I would only consider a neck-through-body Thumb Bass or a Dolphin, but that's just me....

    If at all possible, play both basses as much as you can - they're very different and the one you like will probably jump out at you. That said, I would opt for the Cirrus - the best high-end bass value, period.
  3. Aenema


    Apr 18, 2001
    the cirrus can do it all. id go with the cirrus. i really dont like warwick tone. its all personal preference though. try em both out.:cool:
  4. the cirrus once again. i haven't played the warwick all that much but if it's better i'll go sell my peavey right now.
  5. rickreyn

    rickreyn Supporting Member

    Jun 16, 2000
    Lutz, Florida
    I used to own a Corvette Standard 5 and I now play a Cirrus 5. Both fretted. Both bubinga. From what you describe you should be happier with the Cirrus. I agree with the neck drive problem of the Warwick and agree that the neck is thicker and the sound more one dimensional (dark, woody). The latter two issues are just Warwick preference issues. The Cirrus is very versatile tone wise. You can get the fat airy tone and the consolidated punchy sound. It's well balanced and easy to play. I would save for the Cirrus.
  6. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    I used to own a Corvette FNA 4, and have played a couple of Pro Lines. Nice basses, just not anywhere near as versatile or as comfortable as the Cirrus, which I still have, and won't get rid of. I also think that the attention to quality and detail on the Cirrus beats out the Corvettes, but like was stated earlier, the Corvette is a cheaper Warwick. The Thumb and Streamer I and II neck thrus that I have checked out seemed to have comparable quality to the Cirrus, but with them, you also get a $2500+ price tag.

    If it were me, I would put my money on the Cirrus. Of course, I am probably a little biased, since I do own one, but there is a reason that I still own one.;) They are very nice basses.:D
  7. vegaas


    Nov 6, 2001
    Wow, I am surprised. I have always wanted a Warwick and was planning on the Corvette, I had never even heard of the Cirrus. ( My first bass was a Peavy Fury, so I had a low opinion of Peavey)
    Then I discovered TalkBass and started hearing about the Cirrus and it intrigued me, so I started this thread to see what you guys would say. I was anticipating a landslide for the Warwick. You guys are really opening my eyes. I am going to try and find a Cirrus to try out.
    Please keep the opinions coming, and thank you so much for the info.
  8. phogchris


    May 27, 2000
    Boca Raton, FL
    It seems that the buyer of my Cirrus is trying to back out. If you want a Cirrus I will sell you mine for $750 icluding shipping....I will let you know if its available and give you more details soon. Try one, you buy it!!!
  9. My Cirrus is the only bass I've owned that I know I'll never sell. They would have to pry it out of my cold, dead hands.

    I thought about selling my 4-string to replace it with a 5er, but again, I just cannot ever justify getting rid of this amazing instrument. So I'll just have to save up for the 5er and own 2 basses, which I thougth I'd never do.

  10. farboozle


    Apr 18, 2000
    Fairfax VA
    Well, I guess I'm the loner on this thread. I've played a cirrus in a store for an audition, but bought a corvette proline 5. First, the pro version of the corvette sounds much different to my ears than the standard, so I'd advise against forming opinions on the pro based on hearing the standard. Second, I have NO NECK DIVE. Seriously, I can stand with the bass on a strap with no hands, no problems. I know that cirrus has a good rep on this board, and it sounded okay, but the warwick had better feel to me. Plus, when I heard it, the Bass God spoke through me. Take a chance, listen to the proline. I think these sound better than the usual Thumb models. I've gotten comments on how good the bass sounds from the audience and from the recording engineer that I work with. Maybe that's common, but when pros say "Man, that's a nice sounding bass," I smile and listen.
  11. Wxp4759cb


    Nov 23, 2000
    Kansas City, MO
    Theres nothing wrong with the warrick. They're both great basses. We just like the cirrus a little better. I'm sure there are other people who like the warrick. Also You should definantly try the Cirrus (i think you should buy the cirrus), but if you've always had your heart set on a warrick and it is your dream bass, then it might make YOU happier than a cirrus. Try both.
  12. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    and then make the decision yourself.

    IMHO the Cirrus blows away the Corvette Pro Line in versatility and quality of construction, fit & finish, etc.

    The only Warwicks that I would ever consider over my Cirrus is the Dolphin and the Streamer Stage II.
  13. im gonna have to go with fat boozle. every time i play a cirrus, i just think "great, another bass' but when i played a proline, i was in shock. It blew my mind away with the rich ddep sound and the tightness of it. It had a perfect B string, which i could paly super fast on with not buzzes, and the string was firm and tight, not loose and sloppy. I don't own one yet, but plan on buying one soon. Im in love with the warwick sound. Id go for that. just my two cents while being surrounded by cirrus fans

    - w00t
  14. Scott D

    Scott D

    Apr 21, 2003
    Minneapolis, MN
    holy old thread re-incarnation batman!!
  15. I would (and did) go with the cirrus. I just bought a peavey cirrus maple model. I have not had it for a long time so I can't give a good review yet but I picked it over a SR5 and warwick corvette pro.

    this is a link to a site where they describe the general sound you get with the various wood combos. it is pretty vague and you should try some before you buy but it gives you a general idea to work off of.