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I expected better from this bass/brand thread!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ArpeggiFish, Feb 27, 2008.

  1. ArpeggiFish


    Feb 24, 2008

    for me it was a Warwick Corvette Standard. It just doesn't fit, IMO. I really like Streamers though...

    Your turn!

  2. Rickenbrad


    Aug 13, 2007
    Fenders.....i'm always disapointed
  3. +1

    Add Lakland and Spector as well
  4. santucci218


    Jan 26, 2007
    my MTD Z6...i really expected a lot of that damn thing and i think i wasted $1400
  5. bassic_element


    Sep 20, 2006
  6. leading*the*rat


    Oct 3, 2005
    Alembic: owned an Epic some years ago and was really disappointed!
    Pickups were buzzing like hell, hardware corroded after no time, fretboard got minor cracks after maybe six months of use...
    Do I have to add that I sold it after a year or so?
  7. Pickslide


    Oct 29, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
    My Stingray 5 HH. Damn thing's a boat anchor & does not have the tone I hoped for from it. Lots of folks like them, I'm just not one of them.
  8. Basshole

    Basshole Banned

    Jan 28, 2005

    I played one in NYC once, and I had fully expected it to sound as good as a Smith, or original Tobias.

    In fairness to Vinny; it might have been a bad one. In fairness to everyone else; in that price range, there should probably be no duds.
  9. phishaholik

    phishaholik Supporting Member

    Aug 20, 2005
    Portland, Oregon
    Lakland Skyline.

    I don't know if it was isolated case, but my Bob Glaub was pretty much like any other Korean bass I've played. The finish was super thick and the fret job was on par for a cheap import. I keep hearing the skylines are better than US Fenders, but every US Fender I've owned was twice the bass my Glaub was. From my limited experience a Cort by any other name is still a Cort.

  10. Baryonyx

    Baryonyx Banned

    Jul 11, 2005
    Marathon Man
    yeah, I'm not a huge fan of them. They look and sound cheap, and thats not a good thing imo.
  11. sadowsky jazz, the neck was just too weird
  12. Baryonyx

    Baryonyx Banned

    Jul 11, 2005
    Marathon Man
    In fact, aside from a couple of nice Thumbs, I've never really been wild about Warwick basses when I have actually played them. A Streamer LX and Stage II pop to mind as being rather nice but not worth anything near the prices on them. Thumbs always look pretty, but when you try playing one on a strap for a bit it becomes apparent that their design is inherently flawed! :rolleyes:
  13. phxlbrmpf


    Dec 27, 2002
    I think Warwick calls them "designed to be worn extremely high" in lieu of "flawed". ;)

    I've never tried one, though, I've never been particularly keen on the weird body shape and the dark tone I keep on hearing on recordings.
  14. Baryonyx

    Baryonyx Banned

    Jul 11, 2005
    Marathon Man
    I wear my basses as high as they'll go and even then I've never found the Thumb to be particularly comfortable, at least most of the time. Sometimes you'll strap one on and think "this is ok", but give it a little while and the weight soon rears it's ugly head again!
  15. BigBassBob


    Jul 17, 2005
    Wales, UK
    I'd say Warwick and Musicman.

    Had a play with some Warwicks, but only one (I think it was a thumb) felt right. With Musicman, I always thought I'd fall in love with a Stingray, but after playing a fair few (4 and 5ers) I just can't get into them. The wax finish neck just feels wrong to me, and the tone doesn't do anything for me (that said, I love the tone others get out of them).
  16. cigi


    Aug 22, 2006
    I like this thread :)

    You see the other side of the hypes.

    For me some fenders. Really bad sound and fit n finish.
    Allso played a lot of good fenders.
  17. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    I had one and I thought it was okay which was a disappointment in and of itself; I was expecting much more.

    Spector Euro 5; Same as the Alembic, I expected more from it. The bass also weighed a ton and didn't growl as much as my old Precision did (both with EMGs).

    Trace Elliot SS head (forgot the model); Lots of good players were using them, I thought it was blah. Went from that to an SVT, doesn't help me remember the TE fondly!

    Rickenbacker 4001; I've owned 2 and in both cases I wanted the Rick sound other players were getting but I wasn't able to get it and the basses felt ackward to me. /cry
  18. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon.

    Lakland 55-02. It was just OK.
  19. Douze


    Feb 22, 2008

    Yes me too!!

    JEDI BASS Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2008
    Knoxville, TN
    Grabbed/stole a early 90's Musicman Stingray 4 string recently for under $800. Beautiful birdseye NECK w/ RW board, honeyburst w/ white pguard. It had the looks but just didn't do it for me tone-wise. It had great slap tone, which is what hooked me. Couldn't get the tone I wanted, fingerstyle. Played it with the band and it just didn't work. I'm not a knob tweaker...scoop the mids a little and turn it all the way up, that's me. If I were a tweaker, I could've kept it probly. Sold it for $1000, so no real complaints here. :)

    It did get me looking for an alternative, which led me to Laklands 55 series (MM pup w/ jazz in neck pos, 35" scale 5er). I now have a 5594 which does it all: slap, fingerstyle & mimics a jazz, stingray, even a P perfectly!!!

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