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Spector vs Warwick

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Tavbi, Jun 26, 2012.

  1. Tavbi


    Jun 26, 2012
    Hey guys, im new to the forum so i don't know if this is the right place for this thread but i'll post it here anyways.

    Im begginer / intermediate bass player (seriously playing for half a year) and im looking to buy new bass (currently playing cheap Cort p-bass, which is great btw).

    Im going to buy new bass over the internet, therafore i don't have chance to try the bass before buyin.
    Im more of a funk, funk-rock, ska, reagge kind of player
    So over litlle research, I found myself looking at two basses:
    Spector Performer 4 classic and Warwick RB streamer 4 std

    They are both around 400€, they both sound good and look good...
    and i can't decide wich one to purchase
    for bass combo i decided to buy Warwick BC 80, which i think is good but im only a begginer, so if you have any good arguments i'd be glad to hear them :)

    Thanks :)
  2. Spector vs Warwick would have to be one of the most common threads on here.

    I think it's much of a muchness. Both are great. I used to own Warwicks now play Spectors but they are both great.
  3. With the lower end models like the ones you're talking about, I've never noticed a lot of difference to be honest. The Spector had a nicer neck, but that's about it.
  4. Buskman


    Apr 13, 2007
    Jersey Shore, USA
    If there's no possible way of trying either bass out beforehand, I'd suggest doing a search on youtube for both models. Some videos aren't the greatest (obviously), but you may find some halfway decent ones to give you a general idea of what each is all about & if it's right for you.

    Here, I'll get you started... :cool:


    Happy hunting!
  5. Tavbi


    Jun 26, 2012
    Hey, i checked out all possible youtube videos, thanks anyway :D

    So i guess it's not such big difference... i kinda liked warwick better, but probably going to take spector cause of neck (seems thiner) and fret dots (i find it easier to play with :bassist: )
  6. grendle


    Mar 4, 2011
    Central FL
    I'm a Spector guy but for what you described and the series your looking at I might take the rock bass. I would go for the Corvette over the streamer though. The rock basses aren't really what a warwick is about, but they are pretty good and are less aggressive than the Spector which may lend itself better to the styles your playing.

    I'm not a huge fan of the performer series, the legends are a better bass all around. Both however are on the aggressive side of the tone palette which isn't really what I hear when I think of the styles you mentioned. Just my .02. Have fun with what ever you decide!
  7. MarkoYYZ

    MarkoYYZ Commercial User

    Jan 31, 2012
    Hammersmith Music
    Warwicks do have fret dot markers on the top side of the neck, which is what you look at when you're playing anyways. The dots on the front are a help when trying to learn songs with other people, but not so important to you as the player.

    The 2 models you're looking at are both passive with dual humbuckers... it's really a 50/50 tossup and comes down to which you lie to play better. In your case you're guessing and might end up trading whichever one you get, but I would say that the RB Streamer is a little lighter and will feel a touch shorter in scale. The necks will feel about the same thickness, but the nut will be a little closer for your left arm with the Warwick.

    As for the two basses, they come out fairly equal, but I will say that I chose to keep by Rockbass Corvette over a Spector Performer, as I had both at the same time.
    A couple of reasons...

    1) The Rockbass I got has active electronics, while the Performer was passive. This might tilt you the other way, as we all have our preferences.

    2) The Performer was a touch lighter which is usually good, but with the way that Spector necks extend very far (due to the bridge being high up on the body), it felt more like playing a long scale bass.

    3) The latest gen of Rockbasses are actually a huge step up over the initial Chinese models. Hardware and pickups are the same as the German models and the 5 layer laminated necks are going to be more stable.

    The Rockbass Streamer is on a lower level than other Rockbass models, though, so if you can add just a little more $$, get the Corvette instead - as even a Spector supported has mentioned above. The RB Corvettes are more in line with the Legend series of Spectors in terms of quality and value.

    Good luck!

    (oh, and "IBTWATWSSDFTS" crowd shows up)
    In Before The Warwick Are Thieves Who Stole Spector's Design For The Streamer
  8. superdick2112

    superdick2112 Mile High Bassist Supporting Member

    Nov 20, 2010
    The Centennial State
  9. They don't even sound alike, they just look similar.

    So many Spector vs warwick threads this month!
  10. Tavbi


    Jun 26, 2012
    The thing is I was aming to buy fleabass(with emg35dc) for cca 260€, then decided to wait a little and then buy better bass :) if i wait again, i can just wait till i have 3k and buy some sick bass :p

    thanks, this was very helpfull, i don't like long neck basses :)

    i think i'll get streamer after all :)
  11. 4StringsEnough


    Mar 9, 2008
    The new Spector Performers are incredible and would easily be my choice over the Rockbass. I can't think of another bass that plays and sounds so much better than its price point would suggest....
  12. Tavbi


    Jun 26, 2012
    Do i need special strap for "warwick security locks" ?
  13. Tractorr


    Aug 23, 2011
    4StringsEnough do the new Performers need a 9V?

    I have one of the older equivalent Spector's and I hate that I need a 9V for an EQ that I don't use.
  14. WarwickOfficial


    May 15, 2012
    Warwick & Framus Social Media

    You won't need a special strap to use the Warwick Security Locks. They are a 2 piece design, one piece on each end of your strap, that lock in place onto the bass. Please let me know if I can assist you in any way. Thanks!
  15. 4StringsEnough


    Mar 9, 2008
    The Peformers are passive. They have a very powerful sound and are very versatile too. I can't recommend them highly enough. The quality of the new Performer is in a different league to the old Performer. All they share is the name...
  16. Warfender


    Oct 25, 2009
    I didn't know we had a rep in norcal. where are you located? I'm in Chico.

    FWIW, I have several Warwicks and love them all and have played a Spector 5er and liked it as well. Just get the one that suites your style.
  17. WarwickOfficial


    May 15, 2012
    Warwick & Framus Social Media

    I am located in the San Francisco North Bay area. Please let me know if you've got any questions or if I can be of assistance. Thanks!
  18. Warfender


    Oct 25, 2009
    good to know, thanks!
  19. husky123

    husky123 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 6, 2006
    Leesburg, VA
    Product Development Specialist for Bergantino Audio Systems
  20. peledog


    Jul 9, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    Muhaa haaa.


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