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My Warwick is punished!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Joe Nerve, May 13, 2001.

  1. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    Played a cover gig last night and used my Warwick Corvette which I haven't really used a lot lately. I don't know if it's cuz of the change in the weather, or the fact that I got really used to playing my other basses - but I felt like I was having a wrestling match with it. The action wasn't feeling so great, the strings felt really tight, I was having a rough time getting a sound that sat well in the mix. After the first set I switched to my P-bass (which I usually have only bad things to say about), and was very relieved. I had extra people to drive home from the gig (and not enough space), so I gave the Warwick to my guitarist to take home. He said he's putting it in his basement, and I'm gonna leave it there till learns to behave differently.

    Anyone else with a few basses ever all of a sudden fall out of love with one of them?
  2. Tuomas


    Mar 14, 2000
    Helsinki, Finland
    Yup, i gave my warwick a death penalty (i sold it) after hearing how it sounded recorded direct. I owned it for almost a week :)
  3. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    You need to buy yourself onr of these bad boys!!!!

    <img src="http://albums.photopoint.com/j/View?u=1174383&a=8647027&p=41924508">

    Have a nice day. :)
  4. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    Ever notice how sometimes something you loved sounds like crap. I've had rare occassions where nothing I grabbed off the stand sounded right.

    This is what I refer to as a "bad ear day" (and no, my actual hearing is fine).
  5. air_leech


    Sep 1, 2000
    care to loan me some 2000$ ? :D

    well, anyway Tumos, I recorded my warwick two weeks ago in the studio and except for the fact that the techie mixed me low (and he's a bassist) it sounded great, and I was going direct.
    I think that a good studio can make your bass sound like anything you want and be able to get at least a good sound out of any bass.
    just for reference I think they used Pro Tools.
  6. Nino,
    I noticed you were selling a black CR 4 string on EBAY. I didn't know you still owned a CR 4 string (I know about the 5 you bought from M.F.) Wut up wit dat???
  7. cole


    Sep 14, 2000
    but I don't need a scary-looking guy with facial hair...

    ...oh, sorry.
  8. AssMan


    Dec 2, 2000
    Minnesota, USA

    Is it a corvette standard? Since you seem to be having a tough time with it, will you sell it to me?
  9. I definitely have experienced the bad ear day sort of thing.. though I think it may go a bit deeper than that..

    I think when I practice and nothing goes right.. I must direct the anger onto my bass.. thinking "man.. the tone is just lifeless!" or thinking that the action must be out of whack..

    this mainly happens with my fretless Stingray 5.. sometimes my intonation just stinks and the regret of spending about $900 on the bass sneaks up in the back of my mind..

    of course.. all it takes is a good day for me to realize that this bass has beautiful tone, plays very well, and despite a few dings (some of which I caused.... :( :( :( ... I'm so clumsy) is a beautiful instrument which always gets compliments

    I've also come to the realization that my frustration with going fretless is normal.. takes time and effort to get the intonation down

    back to your warwick... my advice would be to either work on the setup (or have it done professionally).. then play around with it, and just listen to the tone for a while (maybe with a band as well as solo.. make sure that a good solo tone still sounds good with the band)

    hopefully you'll fall in love with the bass again.. but if not.. then maybe it would be best to part ways with it
  10. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    I know exactly what you mean about the "bad ear day" thing. I have days (or nights) like that every once in awhile. Sometimes it gets extremely frustrating and makes me want to sell everything that I own and buy new stuff. But then the next time I play and everything is sounding great, it makes up for it.

    And Nino, I really wish you wouldn't post pics like that. Finding it difficult to fight off GAS..........
    But them things are damn nice, even though I am from the "other side". ( I have a Warwick) LOL
  11. I suppose I must be lucky because I've never suffered from a "bad ear day". My basses/rig sounds great always. Of course the room acoustics can have an effect on sound (not to mention a bad house sound man)!!!

  12. I hope all and all he is keeping it in a good place, I don't know about basements were you live but where I live they can ruin a bass.
  13. jasonbraatz


    Oct 18, 2000
    Oakland, CA
    yeah...i don't know about that bad sound when recorded direct thing...i just layed 12 scratch tracks for the beginning of my bands new cd, recorded direct with no signal processing, and it sounded GREAT.

    oh well...

  14. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    LMAO!!!!! Too funny. I need a good laugh, thanks!!!! I almost peed in my pants!!!!

    <i>Obe Wan Kanobe voice on:</I>

    Stay away form the dark side luke!!!!

    <i>Obe Wan Kanobe voice off</I>

  15. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    Sorry assman, the Warwick is my first REAL bass, so I doubt I'll ever part with it. I'm sure after it's punished for a while it will learn it's lesson.

    As for a bad ear day, soon as I switched basses all was fine. Truth of the whole matter is, I think I've neglected the bass a lot. Haven't been playing it much, the neck is a lot different than the P, and I'm sure the change of weather has had it's way with it. I also had nylon strings on it for a while and just went back to steel, DOH! That may have had something to do with it too.

    Nino - perhaps we should trade for a week or 2 some day?????? Could be a good temporary GAS fix - or could mean some serious indigestion!
  16. air_leech


    Sep 1, 2000
    I guess it all depends on the electronics, the Corvettes have passive single coils with active eq while from the Streamer LX and up you get stacked active humbuckers.
    that might be it.
    so maybe your Corvette needs new pickups and electronics for you to love it, after all it's only about 250$ to make a good bass, a great bass.
    (and you wont have the trouble of trying to sell the bass and looking for your perfect bass all over again).
  17. Since you haven't played the Warwick for awhile, could it be that it simply needs a set up? A turn of the truss rod, and adjusting the action may just make you fall right back in love with it again! Trent
  18. AssMan


    Dec 2, 2000
    Minnesota, USA
    A P-bass and a Warwick are completely different. Just a good thing to keep in mind. Like when ever I switch basses, my rig needs some EQ'ing. How much EQ tweaking my rig needs is usually determined by how different the basses I'm swapping are. Why'd you have nylon strings on it? I'm sure the nylon strings account for the change in the Warwick's feel too. Weather doesn't usually affect Warwick's that much because their necks are so ridged. It sounds to me like it needs a good set up. Just read how to set it up on Warwick's site, Warwicks are tough to set up unless you know how.
  19. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    I put nylon strings on it just for the adventure. It actually sounded pretty amazing. I used the ones with the metal core. Chose to put them on my Warwick as opposed to my other basses cuz the Warwick seems to have the hottest electronics and most high end. I'm pretty sure I'm gonna put them back on again.

    And ya - the bass just really needs a set-up. I think I just felt like complaining when I started the thread.
  20. RAM


    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    Yup! My Modulus. That's why I traded it for my Spector.;)

    But, even my Spector doesn't sound great all the time. Through my Fafner, it's pretty well-behaved, but there are times where it seems like the bass is fighting with me. Other times, it seems to be part of me...I can't explain it!

    But, as Brad says, those are bad-ear days. Or bad finger days. Or whatever. Even my Peavey T-40 has had good days:confused:

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