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RockBass® Corvette Multi Scale 5 String Bass

Discussion in 'News & PR' started by TalkBass, Jan 16, 2020.

  1. TalkBass

    TalkBass News Poster

    Mar 12, 2004
    The RockBass® Corvette Multi Scale 5 String Bass offers optimal playability, ergonomics and sound with its fanned frets. The lower the string, the longer its scale length - and the higher the string, the shorter its scale length: multi scale 35.5” to 34” (902 mm to 864 mm).

    The RockBass® Corvette Multi Scale 5 String Bass features a red alder body with maple burl top, bolt-on maple neck with Ekanga veneer stripes and a wenge fingerboard with 24 extra-high nickel silver jumbo frets and graphite nut. Other features include passive MEC Soapbar pickups, active RockBass® 2-way electronics with volume / balance / treble / bass controls, two mini-switches (for switching the humbuckers (serial / one coil / parallel), standard dome speeds, Warwick machine heads, Warwick security locks, a 2-piece Warwick bridge, chrome hardware, Warwick RED strings and Nirvana Black Transparent Satin Finish. This exceptional RockBass® comes with a Starline RockBag and will be available as a right-handed model only.

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  2. TheMaynorD

    TheMaynorD Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 28, 2013
    Oklahoma City
    I'm waiting for fender or EBMM to hop on the multiscale bandwagon.

    Hopefully Warwick will expand this into their other lines so i can get a 6 string multiscale thumb bass
  3. Lammchop93

    Lammchop93 Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2007
    Louisville, KY
    I would do bad things for a multi scale thumb 5.
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  4. Gustopher


    Jul 30, 2018
    Paint it to the back of the nut and use a JAN and I'll be even more excited.
  5. Rip Van Dan

    Rip Van Dan DNA Endorsing Artist Supporting Member

    Feb 2, 2009
    Duvall, WA
    I thought Dingwall had the patent or trademark on the fanned frets for bass and another fellow had it for guitars. Word was that they both were working on it independently, met and settled on Dingwall only doing basses and the other guy doing guitars (wish I could remember his name). I'd really like to try a bass with fanned frets. I've had Dingwall's Lee Sklar signature 5-string on my wish list for a while:

    I just noticed that the fan frets on the Warwick is significantly less than on the Dingwall, especially as you play farther up the neck.
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  6. monsterthompson

    monsterthompson The Eighth Note Wonder Of The World Supporting Member

    Nov 25, 2008
    Not even close to any exclusive intellectual property rights held by Dingwall. There are quite a few builders who have started incorporating the fanned frets into their designs. Ibanez, Kiesel, ESP/LTD, Strandberg, Mayones... The list is growing, for both boutique and big brands. A few people have thought this was a Dingwall invention, but likely because they were the first company to gain recognition from using the design.
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2020
  7. Obese Chess

    Obese Chess I'm Your New Dad Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2005
    Portland, OR
    If memory serves, Dingwall licensed the patent from Novax, but when that expired was when all the other brands started hopping on the bandwagon, to use a disparaging term.
  8. monsterthompson

    monsterthompson The Eighth Note Wonder Of The World Supporting Member

    Nov 25, 2008
    If only we had a resource for looking this up :)
    Multi-scale fingerboard - Wikipedia

    Ralph Novak FTW!
  9. I just want a 7 string rock bass this is cool but I need a affordable 7 option first
  10. iiipopes

    iiipopes Supporting Member

    May 4, 2009
    Dingwall licensed the fanned-fret approach from Ralph Novak, who developed the concept to a workable form and obtained a patent for Novax Guitars.
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  11. Shaggai


    May 7, 2018
    New Jersey
    Maybe the fan frets on the Rockbass don't need to be as "severe" as the Dingwall as the Rockbass says it's scale is 35.5 to 34 - where the Dingwall is 37" to 34" (using NG 5 string scale).
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  12. iammr2


    Jun 10, 2002
    So...what makes this "multiscale"? Is it just another name for fanned-frets?
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  13. JKos


    Oct 26, 2010
    Torrance, CA
    Yes, same thing.

    - John
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  14. I like the concept. I hate the color. I've played a few with the 35.5 to 34. I'd like to try the 37 to 34, but I think that will limit string choices.
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  16. iiipopes

    iiipopes Supporting Member

    May 4, 2009
    You're right: they don't. On my fanned fret bass, which Sheldon Dingwall did the neck, I specified a square nut and fanning forward from there. The two main reasons were first to help my wrist stay relaxed and not pronate as I come up the neck, and second to be able to use conventional long scale strings rather than always having to have expensive fanned fret sets on the longer scales. BTW: G is Rickenbacker 33 1/4 scale; E is standard Fender 34 scale. The nut has Delft style individual compensation.
  17. To be fair Novak certainly did not invent the idea or implementation of fanned frets in general. It has been used throughout history on various instruments.
  18. superheavyfunk

    superheavyfunk 音楽は人生だ

    Mar 11, 2013
    Speaking from a strictly aesthetic perspective, I'd take this over a Dingwall.
  19. iiipopes

    iiipopes Supporting Member

    May 4, 2009
    Yes. I used the Renaissance Opharion lute, which has a square nut and fanned forward frets, as the inspiration for my fanned fret guitar:
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