Dolphin Pro I Piezo worth keeping?

Discussion in 'Warwick Basses' started by joeschitterefsk, Jul 11, 2013.

  1. joeschitterefsk

    joeschitterefsk Supporting Member

    Oct 10, 2010
    Anyone with a strong opinion on whether or not I should keep a Dolphin Pro I equipped with a Piezo pickup in the bridge?

    Bought it about 4 years ago used. Super clean, near mint 2001 build. But I NEVER play it. Just doesn't fit my musical/composition style.

    The piezo p/u makes it SUPER bright on top of it being SUPER clear with the MECs. I can turn the piezo off but it still doesn't fit what I'm into playing/doing.

    I know its super rare now that it's discontinued but it's just taking up space.

  2. Sell it only if it is uncomfortable to play or you need the money to buy a bass that better suits your style, but is different in tone than any of the basses you currently own.

    I've realized the only basses I did not regret selling fit into these categories. But if I didn't need another bass more or the bass I sold was a great bass and played well, I always regretted selling it eventually. Sometimes it's good to have a bass with a tone that's different than your norm. I feel the only way GAS can subside is when we get all of the possible tones covered, because that way we can't justify another purchase. So, if you believe that, then you may realize one day after selling it, when GAS creeps up for a brighter/cleaner tone - just because, that you may have made a bad move.
  3. /\/\3phist0

    /\/\3phist0 ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) mmm Woody! DHDIK? Sweet Treets. Supporting Member

    I have the strong opinion that I want it if you don't ;) not joking.... I have big gas for a dolphin
  4. Turxile


    May 1, 2011
    Once you play for a while you learn how to use the sounds available, but it does take time getting used to it. I agree that the piezo would probably be a bit redundant.
    The build quality and playability is great though. My Dolphin IMHO is the best bass I ever laid hands on, and I laid hands on quite a few.
    But if it's not your thing, might as well sell it.

    BTW it's not discontinued. The standards don't have a piezo but it's still a custom shop option.
  5. dave2


    Feb 10, 2007
    I would love to have a piezo on my three Warwicks (2 Thumbs and a FNA Jazzman fretless)! Keep it!!
  6. WarwickOfficial


    May 15, 2012
    Warwick & Framus Social Media

    Can you put up a pic? I'd love to see it!

    Seeing as though this is a rare, older model--Keep it.

    If you can get to know the tonal control and unique timbre of a Piezo, you and your bass will really stand out to the crown. Also, the bass will only become more rare and valuable over time.

    My 2 cents!


    Warwick USA
  7. Hconnor7


    Feb 21, 2012
    I just bought one of these on eBay and I am trying to figure out the controls.

    Having owned one of these for a few years - what is the control layout on yours? WHat I assumed was the piezo volume seems more like a master volume and turns off all the sound when you roll it all the way off.