Need advice on 5th bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Eric Cameron, Sep 18, 2001.

  1. I got a brain scratcher:

    I have $1100 sitting in front of me. No joke, there is a big pile of $20 bills sitting right here to the left of the keyboard. Anyway, here's the toughie:

    Which do I buy, the new Warwick Fretless Corvette?


    The used Tobias 5 string?

    The Warwick is $959, and the Tobias is $1050. I have played both of them, I love the sound of both of them, but I can't choose!!! Which would be a better addition to my growing collection? I already have 2 5 strings, and I don't have a fretless.

    Or, should I get something custom made? Lot's of you guys have custom jobs (i.e. JT) Would that give me the "bang for the buck?"


    Rock on
  2. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Portland, OR
    Eric Eric Eric...I have only one thing to say to you:

    Case closed.
  3. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania
    How about I sell you my Dano hodad for that $1100, and you consider it charity? jk

    I've heard a lot of people rave about the warwick's... They seem like a popular choice... Which I'd think would be a safer choice.

    The custom route's an interesting route also, the only problem I have with customs' is that you never know exactly what you're getting 'til you get it...
    Granted, you can have virtually anything done when you get a custom, but you have to consider that virtually anything will get sent to you than when it's finished.

    Take hope you take my (obvious) info on the custom's into serious consideration.
  4. Bass Guitar

    Bass Guitar Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2001
    You can always pay Paul for the next 50 years of Supporting Member fees.

  5. jasonbraatz

    jasonbraatz Supporting Member

    Oct 18, 2000
    Milwaukee, WI
    go for the warwick, if for no other reason than to have a fretless!

  6. Basso Gruvitas

    Basso Gruvitas Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2000
    Dallas/Ft. Worth TX
    I'm with MJB. Get the Zon! They make great fretless basses.

    If it has to be the Warwick or the Tobias, think about what music style(s) you play. Which bass is best suited to what you play? If you're a jazz player, a fretless is a good idea. If you're a headbanger, then you probably wouldn't use a fretless OFTEN.
  7. ColonelZulu

    ColonelZulu Not Impressed By Those Who Flaunt “Authority” Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2001
    I don't think that is a good price on the Corvette. Guitar Center was running a sale on those for around $850 a bit back.
  8. DP Customs do look like a good choice. I heard one guy say that he had DP Custom with pretty much everything that I've ever heard of on a bass and it cost him less than a grand.
  9. Yeah, I know, but this is some sort of custom job. It has three of the Bartolinis instead of two. Don't ask me, I just work there.

    Thinking of quitting, though. The boss is an a$$.

    Back on topic, I'm thinking of the Warwick. It would be nice to try my hand at fretless. It's gonna have to wait, though, cause the clutch on my car just went out.:mad:

    Rock on