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NBD: Warwick Alien

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by SickAura, Apr 6, 2014.

  1. SickAura

    SickAura Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2013
    Hi all - never thought I'd buy an Acoustic Bass but was at a friends place a couple of months ago and he had a couple of acoustics including a bass and we sat in his kitchen and jammed for hours. It was a great time - so GAS immediately set in and I started searching for the right bass for me.

    I tried everything I could get my hands on here in Canada.

    Ibanez - too quiet, barely louder than an electric
    Fender - didn't like the tone
    Beaver Creek - super loud but very clanky
    Takemine - the best of the lot in terms of tone, feel and volume

    I also discovered that in general acoustics tend to be very clanky - and as I hit pretty hard anyway I decided to go fretless.

    This limited my choices dramatically but as soon as I saw the Alien I knew it was the one.

    I went for the Alien Rockbass Deluxe which is the mid-priced model - which is perfect for what I will be using it for. Its a little more expensive than other options but you can definitely tell the difference.

    There's not a lot of info on these basses here at TB and it appears that acoustics don't get a a lot of love here in general - but I have to say I am pretty impressed with this bass.

    Its loud, has great tone, decent electronics, sounds even better plugged in and the fit and finish is top notch - I am picky and I can find nothing wrong, lacking or cheap on this bass.

  2. LakeEffect


    Feb 21, 2013
    Bet it's great bass. Don't be afraid to play around with strings too, generally stock acoustic-bronze strings are the primary 'clank' culprit.
  3. SickAura

    SickAura Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2013
    Thanks - anything you'd recommend?
  4. I put some nylon tapewounds on my a/e Aria, and I love them. I feel like it gives me a slightly deeper voiced uprightish tone.
  5. LakeEffect


    Feb 21, 2013
    Yeah, if you're going for a thump/upright tone with good volume, I'd go LaBella White Nylon Tapewounds, and them on my Boulder Creek fretless and absolutely loved them.

    If you wanna stick wit the traditional acoustic bronze 'zing', I would go with the Tomastik Acousticores. That said, I would go for an upright/Labella sound, haha.
  6. +1 on the tapewounds
  7. bikingbassist


    Aug 26, 2013
    Would there be much volume loss with the tapes when unplugged? I got one of these guys pretty recently and have yet to experiment with different strings.

    I really like the Alien, now I can play all the Violent Femmes my heart desires.
  8. Gizmot

    Gizmot Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2009
    Nashville area
    I'm a Warwick fan and own a Ltd edition model. I played an Alien a couple of weeks ago and loved it. I would probably stick with the bronze wounds on it - although you may not have a lot of options. With some EQ and a good compressor I bet it'll sound great
  9. Love mine, if you are looking for more of an upright tone then by all means go with tape wounds. If you are more interested in blending in with acoustic guitars I would stay with the bronze wounds. I have used several brands of the bronzes and the Warwicks really stand out to me.


  10. Matthew_84


    Nov 7, 2010
    I'm dying to own one of these... But it likely wont be for another year or two.
  11. pgolliher


    Apr 27, 2010
    Santa Cruz, CA
    Flat wounds are a good mid point between the clanky bronze and quite tape wounds . They are totally extremes.
  12. mimaz


    Mar 1, 2005
    Wheeling WV
    Endorsing Artist: Crook Custom Guitars
    Congrats on the new bass!

    I have a Warwick Alien 5... I play Dean Markley Blue Steels on all of my electrics, and I put the Blue Steel nickels on the Alien...works great for me!

    I have also tried the black tape LaBellas (too dark for me on this bass), and I'm planning to try the white tapes next. I have the whites on my Rick Turner Renaissance 5 fretted, and like them a lot. In case you can't tell, I not really a fan of flats, but in my opinion, flats would make this bass nearly unusable, at the very least it would kill the volume acoustically. :bag:

  13. Apolicious


    Jan 16, 2014
    Beautiful bass!

    As a side note, can anyone here compare this to the old Tacoma Thunderchief's? The pre-Fender fretless is my white whale.