err...growl? To be a little serious now, I got back into bass because of the sound of Ryan Martinies Warwick Thumb. Since day one then, I've been fiending to get my hands on a Thumb, but was willing to settle on any Warwick. Well, last weekend at Guitar Center I didn't have the option to buy one, because they were way outta my price range, but I did have the oppurtunity to finally play a couple. I was psyched just to do that! Anyway, I started with a Vette Standard. I like some weight to my basses, so it felt nice in that respect. The feel of oil finished wood in my hands for the first time though, was a bit odd. Anyway, that's secondary to tone. As for that, all the basses I played on that day I tried through the same Galien Krueger head and cab. I had played some good sounding basses already, like an Ibanez BTB 405QM and the SUB I ended up getting. I picked up the Vette though and was expecting to just instantly fall in love. Didn't happen. In fact the opposite happened, I hated it! I was expecting a nice deep woodsy low end with plenty of mid/treb growl. What I got was extremely quiet output, decent highs, severely choked mids, and no lows. If I were to have just heard it, I would have swore I was listening to a guitar! Now, as I said, I had already ran a few basses on the amp like the BTB and I didn't touch the amp from where it was set. I know the BTB is active and the salesguy went crazy boosting everything on it before he let me play it, but the SUB is passive and it killed the Vette on whatever settings the amp was on. My girlfriend was with me, and she was getting bored and had been telling me they all sounded alike until I got to the Warwick. She shot a funny look and said, "I don't think that one even sounds as good as your Squier". :scowl: OK, I know there is something very wrong with that statement! I thought, eh, maybe somethings up with it, put it back on the wall and grabbed the Thumb. Plugged it in and my heart broke the rest of the way. It was barely any better than the Vette. Girlfriends remark was "now aren't you glad you didn't save up for one of those?" The best answer to that? NO!! Because I know the answer lies in my inexperience. I didn't have something set right. I'm sure of that. My question then, is how do I set the amp and knobs on the basses to coax that beautiful signature Warwick sound out of these babies? I'm going back this Friday, and while I can't buy one, I want to go back and play them and hear them as they were meant to be heard. My heart needs to be mended!