Hello everyone. First I have to warn you this will be a long post. Then, I have to say I don't mean Warwicks are bad, and don't want to offend anyone with my post, I just want to share my rather unexpected experience. Well, now I own an Ibanez EDB600. Overall I like this bass, it has a nice dark and punchy tone, it plays great, and, to my taste, it is absolutely the most beautiful of all the basses I know of (just as Ibanez S series is among guitars). Well, the latter is just my humble opinion. But lately I began thinking about swapping my bass for another. One of the reasons for this is that is smells gasoline, and after almost three years I still havent gotten used to this. The other reason is that I wanted to get more growl. So it was quite natural that when Warwicks had finally come to my parts, I was very interested. The first time I tried several Corvettes, I was literally blown away with the growl. But a few days ago I went to the shop again and I was disappointed. First, I dislike attack on Warwicks, especially on lower notes. On my Ergodyne, when you pluck the E string, you hear punch, with mids and highs in their place. The sound is resonant, maybe somewhat piano-like. On a Corvette, what you hear is rather some dull wooden thump. Really, some sort of wooden percussive sound, followed by the note. And the lower the note is, the more I dislike this. Second, as for the growl. It seems to reside in the lower notes only, and disappears on higher frets. I suppose it is dependent on string tension. Thus, on a 5-stringer, the B string growls the most. What is really surprising, Chinese-made RockBass 5-stringers growl! Though they dont have that bubinga body, not even wenge necks! This leads me to think that the wenge neck explanation for the infamous Warwick growl is, sorry, a hoax. Just pure marketing. And at the same time, RockBasses have real problems with sustain on lower notes. The same wood thump tendency, but multiplied by their cheaper production. Their B string is rather floppy, and this is evidently the source of growl, but at the price of definition. Even the E string is somewhat floppy (compared to the Ibanez), and probably this is why it growls much, much more than on a German-made Corvette Standard 4-string! On a Corvette Standard, you will hardly find ANY noticeable growl on the E string at all! Now I understand a reviewer of a Corvette Standard who wrote the Warwick growl must have been left at the factory. And I tried Standard 4-string in all possible combinations: ash/bubinga, active/passive. Of course, if you roll the pan knob to 100% bridge pickup, you get some growl, just like on any bass with a bridge pickup, but it is hardly useable, too nasal to me. I was really shocked when I tried the bridge humbucker on my bass through the same combo it growled much better, more growl and more lows. Im not trying to say that Warwicks are bad basses. Probably they have a fuller tone than my Ergodyne, in middle or upper registers. They are also very attractive, the exotic woods are much more pleasant to hands than the gasoline-stinking metallic finish. The Ergodyne has also more fret buzz. The Warwicks neck profile has also grown on me. But Im disappointed with not finding what I was looking for. Now Ill continue my search further, but without hurry. I think I should check out some other Ibanezes: ATK400, BTB405, SR700, SRX700. Maybe one day Ill get a MusicMan (sadly, there is no local distributor). They seem to have what I want: punch AND growl at the same time. Again, sorry if Ive offended some Warwick fan. You know, for any product that constantly gets praised there will always be one or two persons to say what are you all listening to? Im not writing this just to bash Warwick. I just was so surprised myself that I couldn't help posting.