Found an awesome Warwick bass, hate the hardware color. Worth it?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by dsky7, Nov 28, 2019.

  1. Buy it, swap the hardware

    63 vote(s)
  2. Wait until you find a different one

    33 vote(s)
  1. dsky7


    Apr 1, 2019
    Found a brand new Streamer LX 5 Limited Edition with curly maple top and ash body. Natural satin finish, a very light blonde color, ovangkol neck, with a super dark wenge fingerboard. Looks amazing.

    However, it comes with gold hardware... :vomit:

    Is it worth the purchase since hardware is replaceable/swappable? Price is about $2k... Feel like if I'm dropping this much money I should be 100% satisfied with the bass but new Streamer LX's are super hard to find in the US right now.

    What should I do? Buy it, swap out/trade the hardware for black (my preference) or hold off and wait until 2020 in hopes of new Streamers?:help:

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    (If anyone has a 5-string Streamer with Ash body & Maple top, how is the balance? Any neck dive? It's usually built with Cherry which is considerably heavier...)
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2019
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  2. Lobster11

    Lobster11 Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    No pix, no bass. Sorry, rules are rules.
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  3. dsky7


    Apr 1, 2019
    @Lobster11 My apologies. I edited the original post to include pics. I hope no one finds it and steals it from under me!!
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  4. Lobster11

    Lobster11 Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    No worries. I'm not in the market, so your secret is safe with me.

    First, I agree that the gold hardware seems over-the-top; black would look much better. Are the tuners gold also? (Can't see the headstock in either pic.) If so, even worse.

    I'm gonna go with "Wait until you find a different one." As you suggested, for $2k I wouldn't want to have to spend a bunch more time and money on mods to love it. If it were just knobs that would be one thing, but it's obviously more than that (and even more still if the tuners need to be replaced too). The used-bass market seems to be a buyer's market these days, so unless you think this is truly a unicorn I'd pass and wait for the next one. Just my $.02.
  5. It certainly looks better than chrome, which usually looks cheap. I wouldn't let it put me off.
  6. dsky7


    Apr 1, 2019
    @Lobster11 The seller hasn't sent me pictures of the headstock, but I trust them. Reputable large company with a very good return policy. I'm assuming the tuners are gold too.:vomit: I don't understand the hype about gold hardware :(
  7. Blackie Jr

    Blackie Jr

    Nov 1, 2019
    "Know Thine Ownself"

    I have had countless guitars and basses that were "lifetime keepers"..."I could be happy with just this, good enough to tour the world, etc."

    But I am a serial trader - any money I spend on upgrades / changes is inevitably wasted...

    IMHO, if you think you are going to keep it forever, buy it, change it to black, but do NOT do anything irreversible, and keep the original parts just in case...

    I once had a limited edition Flying V with gold hardware, got boutique pickups and brushed / aged nickel everything from RS Guitarworks (great stuff) almost $400, and of course traded the guitar away...

    I have since realized that is how I am, and probably would NOT upgrade, or will accept it's wasted money, but I waste so much, who cares...

    Soooo....for whatever reason, stock is inevitably worth more, even if the replacements really are "upgrades"

    Only you can say if it is worth it to you...not like you are desecrating a 59 Les Paul or Prewar Martin if you do change something out
  8. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Streamers are great Basses. Personally, I would keep the gold hardware and enjoy the bass.
  9. bherman

    bherman Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2009
    Grand Junction, CO
    Lots of nice hardware on that bass. If you were to replace it with black, I imagine that it would be pretty costly. I too am generally not a big fan of gold hardware since it often looks cheap, but that looks like high-quality stuff. I'd go for it if I liked the bass that much. Of your two options, I'd vote for wait if the color matters that much to you.

    One thought - maybe contact Warwick and tell them what you want, see if maybe they'll swap you the hardware, or help you locate a bass like it with black.
  10. Reedt2000

    Reedt2000 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
    Central New Jersey
    You should just buy the stage 1 I've got up in the classifieds :whistle:
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  11. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    Nice looking bass and I like the gold, but if you can't get along with it you can't get along with it.

    Swapping hardware would cost quite a bit but you might recover most if not all of it by selling the gold hardware.

    So I vote buy and swap.
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  12. PWRL


    Sep 15, 2006
    I think it's hip, so it wouldn't bother me. However, my Streamer has gold hardware, too. 2K, tho, that could get you a lot of other cool stuff, so no sense in jumping right on something you're not crazy about.
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  13. Epitaph04

    Epitaph04 Always overcompensating Supporting Member

    Jul 5, 2010
    YES! Been looking for one of these all over! Just paid for it and I should have it next week!
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  14. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music. Supporting Member

    Never hate on gold!
    It's excellent when it accents dark exotic natural wood bodies.
    Chrome is for old car bumpers!
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  15. Gothic


    Apr 13, 2008
    Get it, keep the gold. It'll grow on you.
  16. 8liter


    Apr 30, 2009
    It is very easy to swap hardware on Warwick basses. They sell everything and compatibility isn't an issue.
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  17. donahue

    donahue Supporting Member

    Jun 10, 2015
    Gold looks great on that particular bass with the light wood. Black might not look as good imo.
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  18. dsky7


    Apr 1, 2019
    @donahue Here's an example of a similar one with black hardware. I think it looks sick (I primarily play metal, though)
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  19. dsky7


    Apr 1, 2019
    @Epitaph04 what do you mean?
    Did you find another one? I'm trying to find more but I've only found one so far... :eek:
  20. donahue

    donahue Supporting Member

    Jun 10, 2015
    If you like the bass, buy it and change out the hardware. $2000 seems steep though, unless I'm wrong. I have a lefty '98 Streamer LX 4 all wenge neck for $1300 shipped in a tweed warwick case on Reverb I can barely give away. Ridiculous. Damn lefties don't appreciate a great deal. End rant.
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