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School me on Corvette Std

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Hobobob74, Jan 27, 2013.

  1. Hobobob74


    May 21, 2007
    Kalamazoo, MI
    I'm going to look at a corvette std tommorow. Don't know much about them, so what's some things too look for?

    Guys asking 400, no case
  2. joebar


    Jan 10, 2010
    sounds like it is a rockbass for that price?
  3. Hobobob74


    May 21, 2007
    Kalamazoo, MI
    That's what I was wondering, but how would you tell? Right now I'm just going on the guys word, but would it say rock bass on it?

    If not, I'm assume 400 is a good deal.
  4. joebar


    Jan 10, 2010
    i think it would say rockbass on the truss rod cover.
    ask warwick official for details here on the warwick sponsored thread
  5. Hobobob74


    May 21, 2007
    Kalamazoo, MI
    And I miss typed, 400
  6. Gaius46


    Dec 15, 2010
    My first Corvette was an early 2000s model that I bought for $500 used. It was not a Rockbass. I recently sold it for $450. Warwicks seem to depreciate quickly and then level off at some price and stay there.

    If its a Rockbass it'll say so on the truss rod cover. If its Korean made it'll say Pro on the cover. Korean made wicks are every bit as good as the German made ones but only cost about 50-60% of the German models.
  7. IngerAlb


    May 11, 2007
    If it's an older RockBass model, it will have a huge (tacky) "rockbass" logo on the headstock and 1 piece bridge.

    If it's a new model, it will have the "W" logo on headstock and a 2 piece bridge (like the real deal Wicks).

    In both cases the instrument will have white frets (steel or whatever that metal is) and a maple neck; the real Warwick Corvettes have bell brass frets and the neck is made of hard exotic woods (ovangkol or wenge - if it's an old model).

    Keep this is mind: the truss rod cover piece that has stamped the name of the bass (Corvette, Streamer, etc) can be easily swapped; so the owner could have changed the one that said "RockBass" with one that says "Corvette Std". On the older models it would be futile because you'd need to also erase the giant logo & stick a "W" on it - but it would still have the 1 piece bridge.

    Also normally the MIG/MIK 'Vettes don't have a coloured glossy finish; they have a natural finish. And the body is made either from bubinga or ash.

    SO: if the bass has a bubinga/ash body, ovangkol/wenge neck, a 2 piece bridge and brass (bronze) frets is the real deal. If not, it's a RockBass.
  8. I'm pretty sure the newer Rockbas models (with the 'W" logo) have a serial number impressed on the back of the headstock that starts with 'RB'
  9. +1
    Check out there website and print out the list of serial numbers, that should tell you exactly what year it is and everything.
  10. blastoff99


    Dec 17, 2011
    SW WA

    Accurately stated, I believe.

    The price may not be out of line. A year ago, I sold a MIG bubinga / wenge / ovangkol Corvette Standard for not much more than that (buyer correct me if I'm wrong!), and it included the very nice gig bag.

    Do the check-over you would when buying any used instrument, just to make sure nothing's amiss. But I wouldn't say this is a "too good to be true" price necessarily.

    There's been plenty of discussion here about the Rockbass and which of the MIK basses are ok and which aren't. You might want to read up on that before you go, just in case you get there and find out it's not MIG. It's possible you might want it anyway - just at a different price.