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Looking at a Warwick Corvette.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JHow, Mar 11, 2008.

  1. JHow

    JHow needs to practice more...

    Jan 10, 2007
    Jackson Mississippi
    I like my peavey cirrus, but the tone is almost too "pure."
    I've been playing a friends Corvette during practice and I really like it. I think the two will complement each other.

    1997 Warwick Corvette Standard 5 (active pups)
    only a few minor scratches on the bottom by the input
    Wood is a little light, but has nice grain underneath. I think a nice wax job will really bring it out.

    $700 sound fair?

    only thing is this is one heavy bass!
  2. badboy1984


    Mar 27, 2007
    United Kingdom
    Fair price to me, i live in UK and i got my 4 string corvette 98 passive for around that price.

    Great bass and great sound, go for it. Weight is not much of a issue to me since tone and sound is more important.
  3. Doughd54

    Doughd54 I wanna rock. rock.

    Nov 30, 2006
    Pompano Beach, Florida
    There are better deals out there, I just got a 2007 Corvette 4 string Active/Passive for $599 via ebay
  4. SurrenderMonkey


    Aug 18, 2006
    His is a 5 string so a bit more expensive.

    It's still good if he likes it enough.

    couple of gotchas.
    - wenge neck?
    - should come with bag / case.
    - and tools and manual.
    - check for loose input jack.
    - check trussrod.
    - check strap locks.

    You could probably shave off around $50 off the asking price, especially if it's missing bits.
  5. Mr. Pickles

    Mr. Pickles Supporting Member

    Nov 11, 2006
    Dutchess County, NY
    I think that the Corvette is a highly underrated instrument.
    $700 is a fair price, although I think you can talk your friend down to $600-$650. If it's been maintained, it should last a lifetime. I have three, and I plan on keeping them. If the weight bothers you, get one of those ergonomic straps.

  6. mothmonsterman


    Feb 8, 2006
    sounds like a pretty good deal if you didn't want to spend 500+ on a new one, or take the risk of a lemon on Ebay.
    I bought mine and I love it.
  7. IME, the risk of hitting a lemon goes up DRAMATICALLY post 97-98. Also IME, 'Vettes are, like all Warwicks, heavy but balance better than any other 'Wick- much better.
  8. JHow

    JHow needs to practice more...

    Jan 10, 2007
    Jackson Mississippi
    check- wenge neck?
    check (nice bag)- should come with bag / case.
    manual and warranty card, not sure if it was filled... oh well its 11yr. old-tools and manual. (no tools)
    check- check for loose input jack.
    check- check trussrod.
    check (recessed, I LIKE) - check strap locks.

    I like the year, (1997) recessed straplock, brass nut etc..

    found out a bad thing though... pretty significant fret wear :'C
    with significant play time, it wouldn't take too long before I would need to have it refretted....

    big bummer
  9. I think those brass bell frets are a bad idea.
  10. totally worth the money being a wenge neck IMO
  11. JHow

    JHow needs to practice more...

    Jan 10, 2007
    Jackson Mississippi
    but what about the extra $ for the fret job?
  12. Its not a bad deal, it will be a nice bass.

    Why does it need a fret job?
  13. badboy1984


    Mar 27, 2007
    United Kingdom
    Just the the bass and check everything else to make sure is ok. If happy then take it home. Don't think you need to refret the thing unless it is very obvious that it needed.

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