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I had an unexpected NBD, and stuck my foot in my mouth - a tale of two Warwicks

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jamestown94west, Feb 3, 2013.

  1. I picked up an awesome used Warwick Thumb BO 5, 3 weeks ago. It was a big deal, my fiance and I had to road trip 4 hours one way and spend the night out of town in order to make the deal happen. A Thumb BO 5 has been at the top of my must have list for almost 15 years. Its a big deal to me to finally have a Warwick, especially this one.

    Fast forward to 7 days after we get home from the road trip. I'm cruising my local craigslist, as I'm wont to do. I'm about ready to put the phone down and call it a night when I find an ad for a Warwick Rockbass Corvette 4 string for trade. Just so happens the fella wants to trade for some stuff that I happen to have. So I get in touch with him, and we strike up a deal. Cool.

    I'm not a gear snob, but I do like nice gear. That doesn't necessarily mean expensive gear, but I tend to not like cheapo/entry level stuff. My #1 is a franken jazz that's mostly vintage squier parts. I've also got a squier classic vibe project bass, the second one I've owned. Point is, I tend to like nice gear, and I'm known to fawn over inexpensive quality gear.


    Everything I've heard about rockbass has been via talkbass. I've mostly heard all kinds of stuff about how the newer rockbass with the "W" on the head stock, and the two piece bridge are much more coveted than the older ones that say "ROCKBASS" in huge font on the headstock, and have the high mass gotoh style bridge.

    This rockbass I picked up is one of the older ones. I expected to not like it, as I'm eyeball deep in the honey moon phase with my thumb, a bass I've pined for, for almost two decades.

    So I tell my fiance that I'm getting this second Warwick, and I'll just flip it, to help buy her an electric piano. She's wanted one forever, we've been shopping for one several times. I figure, I've got my Warwick, I'll get her a piano, its only fair.

    I get the rockbass home, and don't play it for a day or so. When I finally do, I discover that not only does feel good, and play good, it sounds freakin great. Its got active electronics, and they sound great. The bass is super light, and super comfortable. I gigged with it last Thursday, and I really liked how it held up at the gig.

    At this point I'm willing to donate plasma, sperm, internal organs, or submit myself to medical testing, possibly even take on a second job just so I can keep this bass.

    I know I'm making myself look bad here. This bass rocks, and I'll use it if I keep it. I play in two bands, and having a few different basses is handy. I'm not hoarding gear, I only have three basses right now, and it would stay that way.

    What would you guys do?

    I don't have the cash to buy a piano unless I sell a bass.
  2. Floyd Eye

    Floyd Eye Banned

    Feb 21, 2010
    St. Louis
    Nothing wrong with hoarding gear. Surely you have something else you can sell. Have you explained how you feel to your fiance? She may understand.

    Bottom line, keep the bass bro. ALWAYS keep the bass.
  3. notverygood


    Feb 11, 2010
    If she's a great girlfriend, sell the bass. They are harder to find then a good bass. Which is similar to a bass you already have.
  4. Wallace320

    Wallace320 Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    I'm divorcing right now, so I might not be the very best on women side, yet: c'mon... Get her a piano, sell that... Bass
    I mean: you got a warwick thumb right now

    Do I have to tell more?!

  5. Rockbasses are a dime a dozen. A good woman cannot be bought.
  6. IngerAlb


    May 11, 2007
    If you're drolling over an old RockBass, sorry to break it to you, but your standards are not as high as you say they are :)

    Kidding aside, if I were you, I'd sell it and buy her the piano. My marriage taught me the key to harmony is knowing when to make a personal sacrifice to make her happy - it's well worth. You can't have it your way all the time, and sometimes letting a thing you really like go just to show her how important she is to you might score you some big points in the long run :) Who know, maybe in the (near) future she might surprise you with a Warwick bass :)
  7. jlepre

    jlepre Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2007
    Parsippany, NJ
    You're single RIGHT?

    She's his FIANCE, not just a GIRLFRIEND. I do agree that he should sell SOMETHING. If not THIS bass, something.
  8. throbgod13


    Mar 26, 2005
    just sell the Rockbass..
  9. etoncrow

    etoncrow (aka Greg Harman, the curmudgeon with a conundrum)

    I think you should tell your fiance you had to ask a bunch of strangers on the net what you should do in this situation; then maybe she'll find someone who deserves her.
  10. Floyd Eye

    Floyd Eye Banned

    Feb 21, 2010
    St. Louis
    Nope. Been happily married for 11 years. Thing is, I would sell something or do a side job to get that keyboard. I would NOT get rid of a bass I loved and my wife would not expect me to.;)
  11. greggster59


    Oct 31, 2006
    New Jersey
    A deal's a deal. Make good on your word. In the end, it's all you have.

    It's better to have have played a Rockbass and lost than to never have played a Rockbass at all.

  12. Ouch
  13. Ouch
  14. tastybasslines

    tastybasslines Banned

    May 9, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    The bass won't stop pleasuring you the longer you have it and will never complain, no matter how much you spank it. Keep the bass at all costs.

    Yes, I'm married.

  15. Words of wisdom
  16. jlepre

    jlepre Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2007
    Parsippany, NJ
    not happily I'm afraid
  17. I've sold lots of gear to appease significant others over the years. I've sold basses just to cover my fiances bank account, more than once. I'm not as selfish as I may seem, I can post pics of the new SUV I bought her 6mo ago, parked next to the pos minivan I had to downgrade to. I'm not usually against doing whatever is necessary to take care of my lady. But dangit, this bass has me by the short and curlys.
  18. topo morto

    topo morto

    Mar 22, 2010
    Get a real piano, they are free. At least round these parts.
  19. We don't have anywhere to put one without removing most of our furniture. We need a piano that can be put away when not in use.

    We actually had an old upright grand at our old house, but when we bought this house we're in now, we had to get rid of it.
  20. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    What a lame, and uncalled for comment.

    Why can't she buy herself an electric piano? Why is it up to him to buy it for her?

    If he is going to help her, he should do so on his terms. I would just tell her, "I didn't realize this would be such a great player. I want to keep it. As soon as I can, I'll help you buy that keyboard."

    I love all those chivalrous guys who want to tell strangers whether or not they deserve their girlfriends or fiancees. Hey, I don't deserve my wife. Why don't you come on out here and steal her from me? I hope you have money, and a lot of patience.