Seeking your wisdom!!!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Burgie, Jul 17, 2003.

  1. Burgie


    Jul 15, 2003
    Dallas, TX
    HELP! Here's the dealio:

    At G.C., I've kinda fallen for this Warwick...the thing is used--definitely used. A Streamer STD, '99 (I think), for $500.

    The body is made of a very soft, light wood (Azealia, or something like that) and therefore has some random body-wear, etc., and under the G string, it looks like Flea forgot to trim his fingernails and went to town slapping--a pretty decent little fingernail gouge. 2 soapbar MEC passive pickups. Pickup screws are rusty, possibly from sweat.

    The guy selling it actually works there, and he was the second owner. He played cover gigs 5 times a week, plenty of styles, liked it just fine, but is moving to 5 string and wants to sell.

    Initially, I might not have given it a second thought. But here's the kicker--the proverbial 'X Factor'....I played the thing for like 30 minutes, and it sounds outstanding! Played it again today on 2 more amps--still amazing. Just like what I hear in my head, at least. The action is set up low, almost exactly what I'd do. The neck is ovankol, and about as straight as one could expect. No fret buzz. That soft wood body is nice and light and hangs just how I want. I just getting too excited over finding an inexpensive beat-up bass that just happens to be a Warwick like I've been wanting, and forget it? Or could this be one of those diamonds-in-the-rough, 'one man's trash is another man's treasure' situations, and snag it??

    Seeking your wise counsel--all opinions welcome. I've flipped back and forth between Warwicks and MusicMan for a couple years, but I'm really digging this one...
  2. As far as I know, Afzelia is only used as the body wood of the Streamer 2. (I have 1) If they are asking $500 for an SS2 i'd buy it. My guess is it probably is a Streamer Standard in ash, just a guess based on the price...bottom line is if the bass floats your boat who cares what it is made of or what it costs...if it is THE ONE it won't matter...

    Good luck,

  3. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
  4. The Standard is made of Carolena pine, which is also a very soft wood.
  5. incubass68


    Jun 21, 2003
    el paso, tx
    Hey man, a bass is worth whatever you are willing to spend on it. That being said, if the bass is light it's not afzelia. If it's a streamer body it is a streamer standard made of CAROLENA not ash. These go for about that much on ebay but in better condition. Look for a couple on the net before you buy locally. If you want some help finding a used one e-mail me and I'll do my best.
  6. Burgie


    Jul 15, 2003
    Dallas, TX
    Good--I knew I could count on you people--thanks for the input, and keep the ideas coming. Yep, it's definitely a Streamer STD. I also forgot to mention it's a 4 string.

    I'm on a quest to get that P-nut, Norwood Fisher sound. LOVE the growl, LOVE the punch!