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NBD - Warwick Corvette Std - Germany, 2008

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by dkelley, Jan 25, 2021.

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    Note that it is not yellow. Stupid iphone camera. It's actually very pretty, a nice light ash with virtually no finish on it. but with wear on front to left of the controls area (odd place, maybe predecessor was a punk pick style player).

    Also the neck looks terrible in the pics , but in person it is clearly a 3 piece ovangkol neck, and quite beautiful. Not super light colored on edge near neck joint like picture makes it seem.

    Build date: November 2008


    Corvette Standard, 4-string
    Natural Oil finish
    Swamp Ash body
    Ovangkol neck
    Chrome hardware

    Made in Germany

    I literally just got through posting earlier today that I am not interested in buying any serious basses right now because I can't really rehearse with them or gig with them to see how they fit in with extended periods of use.

    But this one was a great deal.

    For the price I fully expected a China rockbass.

    But nope, the real deal.

    Had TERRIBLE SETUP, SUPER high action, SUPER concave neck (like truss rod was super loose), could hardly play it, and pretty worn body wood too. Also very badly installed strings on it and not a string that I would personally choose for a warwick (stainless d'addarios, from what I can tell, but I might be wrong).

    Had new strings but one the strings was flawed (buzzed terribly on one string, all notes, sounded like something wrong with truss rod).

    I gambled on it.

    Took it home, googled serial, thought for sure that with the dark wood neck it was at least a korean bass maybe. But nope, Germany!

    I didn't even bother plugging it in until I decided to see if I could make it playable.

    Everything about it was setup wrong. Nut was super high on the E side. Bridge was SUPER high and nearly no room to lower the saddles - but thankfully it's a warwick so the entire bridge can be lowered as a unit, if you know what you're doing. The neck was crazy - I've never seen a warwick with a neck that was anything but nearly flat. This neck was so bent it looked like for sure the truss had to be broken or stripped.

    Nope - it clearly has NEVER been setup. EVery adjustment on it was stuck in place but moved with a little convincing and now turns freely.

    It still isn't nearly as low an action as I had with warwick in the past, but it's plenty low enough to play well after just a couple of hours of experienced adjustments. Only a slighty concave curve like it should have in neck now, brass bell frets last forever nearly so little if any fretwork will need to be done, and bridge got lowered roughly 4mm (no joke) into the bass, and I also had to adjust and reposition each saddle cuz some weren't even aligned properly (G string was too close to edge, for example).. cuz again, warwick, very adjustable.

    THIS THING IS INCREDIBLE! Plugged in it sounds like a warwick, but not as much so as the jazzman I used to own, which is what I was hoping for. This one can be reigned in. The treble control is INCREDIBLY powerful, with huge cut capability, so it can be very very dark if desired.

    Yes it's active 2 band but also has passive mode, with pickup blend just how I like it.

    Just like I Was going to do wtih my jazzman had I kept it, I will eventually add a switch with passive treble cut capacitor choice in it, cuz that warwick treble from mec pickups would be nice to reduce passively at times, and that should bring it into a good jazz bass sound.

    I don't own a jazz right now - so this is my new jazz-style bass.

    Also came with strap (it has strap locks), hard shell case (like new), and two quality long patch cables. And the receipt, although I can't read original price.

    I'm assuming that this bass was bought when german warwicks were going cheap, particularly corvettes. Cuz these days the china rockbasses go for double what I paid for this one.

    When I do the canada us currency conversion (I'm in Canada), I paid the equivalent of $390 USA for this.
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2021
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  2. I can't stop playing this thing!

    Wow, it has that warwick sound to it alright LoL. It's something I thought I wanted a few years ago, then grew to dislike in how it never fit with anything.....

    .... and now I'm thinking I simply went about it all wrong before. What I really need to do is write new music that features tones from this bass. That'll make it work. hahaha
  3. Oren Hudson

    Oren Hudson

    Dec 25, 2007
    Gastonia, NC
    Congrats. I had one of those several years ago. Beautiful bass. As sometimes happens, and for some reason, I just couldn't make peace with and ended up selling it. Enjoy.
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  4. Oh and yes, the frets have some green on them. That is NOT the camera's fault. Bell brass frets, I'd forgotten what they are like to maintain! My streamer was pristine, this one isn't, but it'll get close enough for me. I've lowered the action quite a bit more now, and it's doing well. Not razer perfect frets like my streamer had, but this one has clearly been played a lot more and a lot harder, so a tiny speck of wear makes sense. Still a very good relatively low action that feels terrific. Once I get these nasty strings off it at least... they are rough and sound harsh.... and I had to throw one chinese string in place of the faulty string, so it's surprising that it sounds good at all.
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