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My Warwick: RIP; or, Funeral for a friend

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bman, Nov 4, 2001.


  1. bman

    bman

    Dec 4, 2000
    Sandown, N.H., USA
    I'v staunchly defended my much-maligned Warwick Streamer Standard since I got it almost exactly a year ago. I love the neck, the sound, and the way it plays.

    But disaster has struck...

    I picked it up to play it yesterday, and I discovered a long, thin crack running from both cutaways, all the way down the body, and up the other side where the three pieces of wood are joined - right along the joints.
    I knew this was a bad sign. I packed it up and took it back to Guitar Center, where I got it. They didn't really want to hear anything about it, and offered me very little in trade. (That's not my bitch, really though.)

    I had another tech look at it, and he said it's a bad glue job. He said yes, it's wood, but it's prematurely aged, and leads to things like this. He said eventually it's just going to come apart.

    My problem is this... OK, so it's Warwick's entry level bass. It's STILL an $800 bass (roughly. When I bought it, at least.) Despite the fact I see people picking up some really heavy duty basses here, $800 is still $800. It shouldn't be coming apart so soon. I'm really disappointed in the quality now that I see it going to pieces in front of my eyes.

    (And I did keep it waxed.)

    On the up-side, the way I see it, I can get a new bass.
    I checked out a Warwick Corvette limited ed. with a maple neck. The thing played and sounded like a DREAM. I fell in love with it. But I was trying to keep it under $1k. Plus, I'm a little bitter about Warwick craftsmanship now. I know my situation is probably unique, but screw it... I'm upset about it.

    I also played a MM Stingray. Played great, but didn't seem as versatile as the 'Vette.

    I think I'm going to end up getting a Peavey B-Quad. It's used, going for $900. It looks great (transparent green with gold hardware) and sounds beautiful.
    It's the first graphite neck bass I've played, and it's a totally different animal from the Warwicks. It's just completely different.
    It's on 30 day hold right now, but I think I'm going to close the deal on Tuesday.

    From everything I hear, they're nice basses.
    Thing is, I'm really sad about losing my Warwick. When I say I fell in love with Warwick, I mean it. When I hold it, it feels alive - like it's a living, breathing thing.
    The B-Quad, while not exactly feeling 'dead,' is just... Different.
    I'm excited about all the tonal possibilities between the soap bars and the piezos, but I'm sad to see the Warwick go.

    It's like seeing a family member get sick... Do I take it home and watch it die, or ship it out to the home and get someone else in the house?? ;-)

    I think I'm going with "shipping grandma off to the home."

    Bring in the B-Quad!
    Streamer, we hardly knew ye.
     
  2. Woodchuck

    Woodchuck

    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Call Dana B. Goods @ 1 800 765-8338. Tell Rob in support what happened to your bass.
     
  3. jasonbraatz

    jasonbraatz

    Oct 18, 2000
    Oakland, CA
    yeah, being only 1 year old there's no way it should be coming apart already. do NOT just ditch it and buy another bass if you like it so much. dana b goods will take care of you. it DOES have a warranty too...


    you are entitled to a new warwick. end of story. don't just shrug it off and go buy something else.



    jason
     
  4. I`m so sorry my freind.Let me know if there is anything I can do.:(


    I would give Warwicknut`s route a try first;sounds like you should be getting a brand new replacement Warwick.
     
  5. bman

    bman

    Dec 4, 2000
    Sandown, N.H., USA
    Thanks for the advice. I will see what I can do about it.
    You've got me thinking straight again. (I tend to get sidetracked by shiny objects - like new basses.) and you guys have me focused on what I should do.
    Although the Peavey B-Quad did play really nice...

    Warwicknut - thank you very much for the help. Being a total Warwick convert, I couldn't fathom being without a Warwick.

    Thanks again. :D
     
  6. bman

    bman

    Dec 4, 2000
    Sandown, N.H., USA
    I called Dana B. Goods support. They could not have been nicer. They're going to repair or replace the bass.

    In the meantime, I grabbed the Corvette limited edition I had my eye on.

    Ahhh... Multi-Warwick goodness.
     
  7. CaracasBass

    CaracasBass

    Jun 16, 2001
    Madrid, Spain
    I love happy endings!!!!!!!!

    in real "bass" life of course, not in movies!!!!!
     
  8. Keep us posted about what happens. How about a quick review or some pix on the vette?