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F**k My Warwick!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Joe Nerve, Aug 12, 2001.


  1. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses, Hipshot products
    Man I'm really getting pissed at my Warwick! I rarely use it anymore cuz all my other basses are way lighter, and it seems whenever I do decide to use it, something else goes wrong.

    Not that long ago a volume pot went, costing me around $100 to fix. Then I had set up problems (no big deal really), but now the damn recessed straplock doesn't work. The peg kept slipping out tonight during a gig, not a nice scene. It's kinda hard to hold on to that thingwhen you lose the strap. Thank god I brought a backup bass.

    I'm wondering how much this is going to set me back now. I'm assuming those things are glued in. Anyone have any experience with this? Is this common with the straplocks on Warwicks?
     
  2. guy here in town has a corvette pro, and has black tape/electrical tape all over the top strap button. Keeps popping out on him. That is a big load of crap IMHO. Big $$$ for a bass, and the $3 hardware doesn't function correctly. Something is wrong there. Plus he doesn't like how it sounds at some places they play at.
     
  3. I used to own a warwick fortress masterman for about two years. My experience was that it looks good, but very hard to get something inspired out of it. Maybe because it just wasn't my kinda sound. I never had any trouble with the straps though. Only thing was the frets, they wore down really quickly.
     
  4. CS

    CS

    Dec 11, 1999
    UK
  5. =^..^=

    =^..^=

    Jan 25, 2001
    Stuck on a rock !
    JoeN - the recessed dunlops are screwed in, its a phillip head screw and its quite possible that one of three things have happened (none of which are really serious)

    1. The Ball bearings in the bit attached to the strap have stuck - get some light oil and lube them carefully. Check that when the plunger is out (not depressed) that all the ball bearings are poking through the holes.

    2. There is some dirt in the recess (the body part) - this will stop the ball bearings from engaging properly. Clean it with cotton bud.

    3. The screw holding in the recessed part into the body has backed off slightly - which doesn't allow the ball bearings to engage properly - get a phillips head screwdriver and just check its tight.

    CB56 had a whole load of problems with his - there is a thread on setup about this, he managed to plug the body and use some Schaller Straplocks.

    I've had the silver ones on my Warwick for over 7 years without a single problem. I've just got a set of black ones and they are no-where near as smooth in operation as the silver. Perhaps there is a problem when they plate/anodise/finish them ?

    Hope this helps. You must really have got stiffed on the vol pot, its a $5 part - hope yer bass tech guy is enjoying the new car you bought for him ;)
     
  6. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Here's the solution to your problem. :D:p
    <img src="http://www.ssdbass.com/NewFiles/ns4naturalblack300.jpg">

    <a href="http://www.theoremnyc.cjb.net"><img width=385 height=70 src="http://albums.photopoint.com/j/View?u=1174383&a=8647027&p=41535909&Sequence=0&res=high"></a>
     
  7. :D

    I think he could also solve it with your latest acquisition?

    Jeff
     
  8. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    :)
    <img height=475 width=151 src="http://albums.photopoint.com/j/View?u=1174383&a=8647027&p=52383388&Sequence=1&res=high">
     
  9. I've had completely different experience with Warwick.

    After 3 years, my volume/pan pot got scratchy and the input jack became unstable. I e-mailed Warwick direct from their web-site and they sent me a new pot & Switchcraft jack FOR FREE.
    Then I paid a shop to soldier it all together for me... cost $20.

    IMHO Warwick has the best customer service on the planet.

    The shop that does instrument repairs said that Warwick frets last 4 times longer then most.

    I've never had a problem with the inset Dunlop strap locks, but if I did it would be easy to fix.
     
  10. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    This is not the 1st time I've heard of people having problems w/Warwick electronics. It seems to me that they're using faulty pot's. :( Seems kinda strange to spend so much on a bass & have a pot go bad.
     
  11. Tuomas

    Tuomas

    Mar 14, 2000
    Helsinki, Finland
    That is exactly how I felt when I heard how mine sounded with a band for the first time. I sold it after a week...
     
  12. Never owned one but after playing them in stores I just couldn't see what all the hype was about...besides, they're ugly as sin. Last time I was in a store my sister was with me and commented "What the hell are these? They look like something you'd make in a highschool woodshop class!" It was the Warwicks she was referring too.
     
  13. rickreyn

    rickreyn

    Jun 16, 2000
    Lutz, Florida
    The Warwick's got feelings!
     
  14. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    ooo, i don't think so - it's probably not quite big enough. plus, geeze, talk about splinters :eek:
     
  15. Captain Awesome

    Captain Awesome

    Apr 2, 2001
    PDX
    <img src="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/images/smilies/eek.gif" width=100 height=100><font size=5 color="#FF3300"><b>OUCH!!!</b>
     
  16. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses, Hipshot products
    Thanks groove Facillitator - I will try all your suggestions.

    To all others:

    Nino - I want to know where you get your money from. I am and always will be jealous. I think you should begin tithing since you've been so fortunate, and give me one of your basses - or the Ibanez still hanging on the wall in your store that STILL converses with me.

    The Warwick haters - the sound of a Warwick takes time to get used to. The typical setting on an amp don't seem to do it justice. I'm just starting to really get the hang of how to get the most out of it - but problems keep bringing me down. It absolutely has the GROWL you hear about, that I haven't heard on any other bass to date.

    John and all others who continue with the F**king thing. Have you ever gotten a good look at a Corvette. I don't know how to do the picture posting thing or I'd post one (anyone wanna help?) - but one wouldn't have to be too creative with that particular bass. Might be the oppisite of what yer were thinkin though. :)
     
  17. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    :eek: what was your gay percentage again? :D
     
  18. =^..^=

    =^..^=

    Jan 25, 2001
    Stuck on a rock !
    JoeN - always happy to help :)

    Any more bass related problems post 'em back !

    P.S. - I'm way happy with my Warwick but if people don't like them, then thats cool too. Its all part of the human mix which makes life so much fun.
     
  19. I'm with JetGlow on this one I find Warwicks just butt ugly plain and simple . Played a few in some shops and while I remember liking the feel and obvious quality build to them ,they are just too damn ugly. I know looks aren't everything and I'm probly missing out on some great basses in the boutique and luthier line types but I find most of them just look cartoonish in design. Just my opinion
     
  20. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses, Hipshot products
    My computer still won't let me take that test for some reason. I click on the button to start the test, and nothing happens.

    It may know something that I don't, and don't want to know. Hey - if the test said I was 99% gay, at this point in my life it wouldn't even be worth the hassle of following through. My mother would cry every time I visited, all my friends would pick on me, it would be harder to settle my score below with the women. Uh uh.