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fretless: rockbass or kingston?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by chengann, Sep 20, 2004.

which fretless bass?

Poll closed Sep 27, 2004.
  1. Warwick rockbass corvette

    17 vote(s)
  2. MTD Kingston

    36 vote(s)
  1. chengann


    Apr 22, 2003
    can i get your opinion on this?

    warwick rockbass corvette 5 fretless
    alder body, rosewood fingerboard
    active mec pups
    price: $539

    mtd kingston 5 fretless
    basswood body, ebonol fingerboard
    passive alnico pups
    price: $540

    i like a heavy growl and smooth tone. i wish
    i can have the zon but i just can't afford it.

    (my current bass is a lakland.
    i want a bass that is non-fender)
  2. dave_clark69

    dave_clark69 Guest

    Jan 17, 2003
    Well, Warwick's are great. but IMHO i have found there to be a difference in quality between the rockbass line.

    From what you have put, chose the mtd kingston. If i am not mistaken, the gibson les paul studio also has alnico pups aswell! So it should sound good.
    Just my feelings
  3. dgce


    Jun 17, 2001
    Massachusetts, USA
    I've heard good things about the Rockbass Warwicks. The prices are pretty amazing too. Still, I have to go with the MTD Kingston. The necks and overall vibe of those basses just seem more happening and less...well...cheap. However, the edge the Warwicks have on the Kingston is the two pickup set up. The Kingston single humbucker with only one tone and volume doesn't offer much tonal variety. However I understand MTD intentionally routes out a roomy controls section so you could always add an aftermarket preamp down the road.

    I vote MTD Kingston.

  4. ArtisFallen


    Jul 21, 2004
    I love warwick if only for their fretted versions. (i haven't heard the fretless)

    I know the MEC pickups are totally kick ass, and offer a nice palet of tones. a single pickup (especially passive) doesn't offer up a whole lot in the way of sound variety, and although i'm partial to that style of pickup, (i love M/M) the MEC takes the cake all the way

    in way of body woods: alder all the way: the harder you get, the better the resonance: ESSENTIAL for fretless. basswood is practically a soft wood.

    The fretless was also reviewed very well in Bass Player Magazine recently.

    oh and they're nice to look at... it's just my personal preference to the rounded shape opposed to the kingston's sharp horns...

    i'm on the losing side at this point, but my vote's the warwick
  5. chengann


    Apr 22, 2003
    i hear good things AND bad things about both basses.

    most of the issues were on
    - cheesy "asian finishing" (kingston's paintjob and
    rockbass's chrome knobs/tuners)
    - choice of fingerboard (buzz on kingston lined ebonol
    and rockbass' softer rosewood)

    else, most people say kingston and rockbass have their
    distintive growl. it's harder to compare apple to orange...
    when both "fruits" are good!

    rockbass has a decent mec pup and active eq (more growl and control) but mtd's alnico passive pup is no loser either (despite the lack of control).

    has anyone got experience with BOTH basses?
    i just can't locate either bass here in Singapore!
    that's why i am relying on sound clips and user review.

    thanks again guys for your invaluable input...

  6. chengann


    Apr 22, 2003
    i just got an email from warwick germany.
    this is surprising to me:

    the fingerboard on the rockbass is actually
    tigerstripe ebony, not rosewood.
  7. dave_clark69

    dave_clark69 Guest

    Jan 17, 2003
    That is quite strange. If you were to look at any of my posts involving warick, you will notice how much i love my 'vette and how i suck up to them. That shows how much i dislike thes warick rockbass line. I am not trying to put you off or anything, its just if the football teams manager bets on the other side, you know its either fixed or that the other side stands a better chance of winning
  8. chengann


    Apr 22, 2003
    GAS-ing for this.
    a rockbass fortress 5.

    this is the rosewood fretted version.
    the ebony fretless version is the same price.

    <IMG SRC="http://www.warwick.de/intern/modules/imagedb/vendor/imgdb_getimage.php?imgid=00000007108&width=400&quality=100&sharpen=true">

    chinese or german quality?
  9. dgce


    Jun 17, 2001
    Massachusetts, USA
    Ok, I have to admit, that looks pretty good.

  10. Frank Martin

    Frank Martin Bitten by the luthiery bug...

    Oct 8, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary, EU
    AFAIK, the fretless ones have macassar ebony boards.
  11. Frank Martin

    Frank Martin Bitten by the luthiery bug...

    Oct 8, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary, EU
    I've heard that the Rockbasses have weaker B-strings...
    And the natural ash one (for the contrast to the black hardware) looks better to me, but that red looks good, too.

    They are Chinese, but they are better quality than most others.