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Unsatisfied with Warwick

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Optimus Prime, May 30, 2002.

  1. I bought a Thum bolt on 4 three months ago and not until now I realized that it's crap. It's not the neck dive or anything, it's just the damn sound. I don't like it at all. It has no playability and it sound too growling. I think it's a weak bass and now I'm aiming for American Fender Jazzbass.
  2. LiquidMidnight


    Dec 25, 2000
    Just because a bass doesn't have the sound you want, doesn't mean it's "crap". I'm sure a lot of happy Warwick owners here would be glad to disagree with you.
  3. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    As for the playability: does it need a setup or do you not like the chunky neck?

    Regardless, what's right for someone else isn't necessarily right for you, and vice versa. You took a chance, and it didn't pay off. No biggie, move on to something else. I've done that plenty of times.
  4. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    I sort of agree and disagree - I think Warwick basses are very much an "acquired taste". I've heard loads of players getting great sounds out of them and have even had the chance to try the same bass that those people have played - but when I tried it I didn't like it!

    I tend to find the necks are too thick front to back and for me this drastically affects the playability. I have noticed that the people who like them have a heavier touch than me and dig in more - they can get a good sound like this. But I like to use a light touch and it just doesn't sound right.

    So there is a bass player locally who has substituted for me on gigs and he gets a great sound out of a Warwick Thumb - but when I have tried his bass it just doesn't sound right for me and I can't play half as well as on my own bass!

    I've tried loads of different Warwicks in shops as well - I wondered whether the "wide neck" Streamers might be better in this respect - but no, I just haven't found any Warwick bass that I could get on with! :(
  5. marijn van gils

    marijn van gils

    Jan 23, 2002
    (edit: OK, I'm a slow typer, so this is a responce right after LiquidMidnight)

    ... and I am one of them:D

    Sound is always a very personal thing, and I love the sound of my thumb. Mine is a necktrough though, whom seem to sound more warm and less agressive. Maybe you should have bought the necktrough? ;)

    As for playability: this can also be very personal, but the thumbs neck fits like a glove to my left hand and is fast as hell. The fact that it hangs more horizontal than most bases only took me some weeks to adapt, and I just hung the bass a little higher. :cool:

    Here is a happy Warwick customer who finds the thumb to be top rate instrument!

    Hope you'll feel the same with your jazz!;)

  6. Tumbao


    Nov 10, 2001
    If you are not happy with that bass, just sale it!! But be very carefully with your next bass purchase.
  7. lowb


    Jul 27, 2000
    London, UK
    Its interesting to me, that you bought an expensive instrument, without it seems trying it extensively.

    I can understand it not being to your taste, however most people who don't like them, don't buy them!!

    Perhaps you need to clarify your "needs" and "wants" before you buy.

  8. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    That's right - I must have tried about 30 different Warwicks by now and know they're not for me. But I wouldn't buy any bass without trying it extensively beforehand - no matter how good a deal it seemed!

    Spending $1300 is probably the "hard way" to go about learning this lesson though! ;)
  9. midlife


    Nov 21, 2001
    I love my crap Warwick Thumb bass. It is my number #1. It has a great sound that cuts through the mix. I have had many comments on the great sound out of this bass.

    I have had Fenders and still own one but IMO the Fender just does not compare, sound or quality.
  10. I've only tried 3 or 4 Warwicks - and I haven't been imoressed so far. I didn't really play them for a great length of time, maybe only 10 mins each, but I just didn't like them - I couldn't even tell you which models (although they were the ones that look like Spector basses)

    Now, like you I have bought basses that I didn't try first. All 3 I have bought this way were Spector basses!!! I love the feel ,the looks and the sounds. The reason I didn't try them first is that nowhere near me stocks them - but my gamble paid off!

    Hope you have more luck next time
  11. xush


    Jul 4, 2001
    mobile AL
    Does it sound the same as it did when you bought it, or has something changed?
    Does 'no playability' mean you find the neck dimensions uncomfortable, or the tonal response lacking?

    What did you like about it when you bought it?
    Just trying to wrap my head around this mystery...
  12. midlife


    Nov 21, 2001
    By the way, I forgot to mention that I bought it in 1999 and it has been the #1 since I bought it. I have a Fender and a Reverend that I thought could become the number one but I always gravitate back to the Warwick.

    You either love them or hate them. NO IN BETWEEN
  13. I have 3 crappy Warwicks and am not really interested in changing. The Thumb has a very distinctive sound, it is my least favorite Warwick (I dont really like the Streamer Standard either). Maybe you shoulda tried a Streamer LX or a Fortress (those are a little harder to find since Warwick stopped making them, no idea why).
  14. Planet Boulder

    Planet Boulder Hey, this is a private residence...man

    Nov 10, 2001
    6,482 feet above sea level
    I once had impure thoughts. Oh, and I pluck my ear hair.
    Warwicks, like anything else, appeal to some and repel others. I like 'em, personally, but I can see why others would not. The neck is simply not for everyone.

    For me, I don't like Lakland Skylines. The neck is just too thick for my tastes and I didn't like the way it felt when I played it. Just my own opinion, though.

    Just curious - does anyone else feel the same way about the Skylines?
  15. eric atkinson

    eric atkinson "Is our children learning "Is our teachers teachin

    Feb 4, 2001
    Man iam so glad that not every one likes warwicks! That way its not lile everyone has one! I bought mine when i went to germany. It was in 94 and i bought the warwick corvette pro-line. I love the feel of the neck but i have huge hands and it really feels good to me! I love the tone because its just nasty! I play in a funk rock jazz thing and i pic that bass to get that nasty porno sound! Great slap bass. But i also have my spector american 5 string to use on the jazz stuff! I would try a spector instead of a fender! Going from warwick to fender seems likea very strange thing to do! Dont get me wrong i dont hate fender i have a old american p-bass. But i really think you should really play alot of diff basses! Ig you like that fender feel and style you might look into a g&l.
  16. Optimus,
    I owned a neck-through thumb 5 for a while. When I first got, it the sound was so different than what I was used to that it took me about 6 months before I liked it. I found the eq on the MECs to sound the best when set flat and the bass excels in a band or studio situation where it mixes well with other instruments. When played by itself, the tone takes some getting used to. Eventually it was the neck dive that led me to sell it.
  17. Do you guys think it sound better through my Hartke Kickback 15?
  18. eric atkinson

    eric atkinson "Is our children learning "Is our teachers teachin

    Feb 4, 2001
  19. Then you havent owned nor played an American Jazz V Deluxe FMT. The quality is superb, and the sound outstanding (for me.) Your statement is just as general and condemning as his was about the Warwicks. I love my bass! I'm glad you love yours!

  20. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA

    Megatron says that Warwicks are not "crap" just because you don't like them.

    It's a shame that it cost you so much money to determine that you didn't like the bass.

    Try out a bunch of basses and buy the one you like. Now you should have a better idea of what you don't like so it may be easier for you to find something more to your tastes.

    Personally I don't like Warwicks either, but I know very well from trying them that for the most part they're great basses, solidly built using quality parts and engineering. Not my kind of bass though.

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