Question aboot my Warwick...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Milky Pisswit, Nov 29, 2005.

  1. Milky Pisswit

    Milky Pisswit

    Nov 29, 2005
    New Zealand
    First off, kia ora from NZ! :)

    I've got a question about my Warwick I've picked up recently. Got it for a steal, but was just wondering if anyone knew if the Prolines were ever produced in a passive model...?

    Basically, it's a corvette, circa 1996, that has a proline truss rod cap and I've been under the assumption that it was a Corvette Standard with a Proline truss cap added as a replacement at some stage, but now I'm beginning to wonder.

    All the prolines I've seen have gold hardware and have active electronics, yet mine is standard chrome and passive. Is there any definitive way to tell?

    Thanks for the mammaries...
  2. Hi Milky.. always good to see more kiwis showing up here.

    Don't know much about Corvettes, so I'm not sure I can be much help...

    As always... perhaps some pictures would help...
  3. Actually, it looks like the carving on the back of the bodies of the Prolines and Standards is quite different. Check out the Corvette page at
  4. Milky Pisswit

    Milky Pisswit

    Nov 29, 2005
    New Zealand
    Cheers bro. I'll try and get some pics up and that might help.

    As for the body shape, I've noticed that it's changed significantly on the newer models (as expected) and mine does appear to lean towards the proline more than the standard.

    Problem is, I've looked high and low on the web and can't find much that resembles it. Not really a big deal, as it's a great bass as it is.

    Just wanting to know for sure... :meh:
  5. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Corvettes were offered in a passive model for a while. I used to have one, and mine was exactly like the one you're describing.
  6. Daywalker


    Apr 13, 2005
    That is weird, I've never seen a passive/chrome proline. That was supposed to be what made it a "Proline" I thought? Gold hardware, maple body, active elecs. Maybe it was a custom order?
  7. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    It was a Standard. The Prolines had gold hardware, and the Standards had chrome.
  8. Milky Pisswit

    Milky Pisswit

    Nov 29, 2005
    New Zealand
    Exactly what I was thinking. But I went to the Warwick site to look up the electronics schematics ( ) and the very first bass on the list is the Proline passive. Doesn't give any details as to what kind of hardware it had, but if it's in a list on their site, a passive proline model must have been produced at some stage...

    It got me thinking...:confused:
  9. maxbass


    May 22, 2002
    Milano Italy
    The Corvette was first introduced in 1992.
    It was passive, and it was called Corvette Proline; the body was made of Maple.

    Around 1994/1995 they introduced the Corvette Standard.
    The Standard inherited the electronics from the old Proline, passive pickups and electronics, and the body wood was changed to Ash.
    Later, they introduced the active version of the Corvette Standard, and the Bubinga option for the body.

    With the introduction of the Standard, the Proline was modified: active electronics and passive pickups.

    But until around 1996 Warwick continued to make some Corvette's with the Standard options, yet still named Proline.

    It's a litte confusing, but that how things went.

    It's quite common to see 1995-1996 Proline's that are the same as Standards (which in turn are the same as the 1992-1994 Prolines!!!).