Warrior 7 String neck compared with Conklin

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Jim T., Oct 26, 2001.

  1. Hi, This is probably for John Turner, but anybody else know? I was curious how the 7 string Warrior necks compare to Conklin Bill Dickens model GTs. I saw a Signature Model online that I liked.
    Are they any flatter, thinner, more or less comfortable?
    I have small hands but the Conklin works for me. What do you think? Thanks.
    I've probably got a Pedulla 6 in the works for now but would be interested in Warrior down the road...
  2. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    hey jim

    i too have small hands, and the BD 7 is the only groove tools bass that i feel really comfortable playing, the nut spacing is pretty much the same as on my custom 7's - more comparable to a jazz bass spacing, as opposed the the p-bass'ish spacing that bill usually uses and is on the regular GT7's. the BD bass also has a thinner profile than any of my custom basses. in fact, the BD7 probably has a slimmer, thinner neck than most 6 strings.

    the warrior 7's that i've played have also had very slim and playable necks, some with wider spacing, some with thinner, which i prefer. one thing i'm pretty sure about with the guys at warrior is that they will make an instrument to your specs, if you liked. there again, a custom warrior is going to cost a lot more than a GT BG-7.

    the warrior basses are very VERY nice instruments, and JD lewis is a really great guy. the only flaws that i've seen are that a few of the 7's that i've come into contact with (3 different ones at various shops and one at a namm show) had some slight problems with their necks - back bowing usually. this could be from over-adjusted truss rods or from just general abuse - 2 of the 3 that i've played at shops were at GC's, complete with TOTALLY dead strings :rolleyes:, and i don't think that, for any of them, they were "show stopper" issues - probably just required some adjustments to the truss, but they were there nonetheless.

    on the other hand, much to my own surprise, i've never heard any problems with the GT BD7. the reason i say "to my own surprise" is that those necks are thinner even than the necks on my basses, and especially under the 12-17th frets, they are extremely thin, fretboard to back of neck - bill conklin was even a bit leery of making them that thin there, but that's what bill dickens wanted. still, though, there have never been any complaints that i have heard about them, and neither has bill conklin, so i guess that they're fine.

    all in all, the warriors that you are going to run across are probably going to be comparable in price to custom conklins, give or take, and depending on options.

    the BD7 should run you less than 1/2 that if you keep your eyes peeled for a deal on the net.
  3. John T., Thanks very much for the detailed response!
    That was extremely helpful and I really appreciate it!
    I'm still probably going to get a Pedulla 6 to go with my Hexabuzz but the BD and Warriors appeal for later.

    Thank you again! Jim T.
  4. fretless5

    fretless5 Guest

    Nov 28, 2000
    Blue Ash, Ohio, USA
    Welcome Jim.

    I'll just jump in and say that I bought a used BD-7 a couple of months ago. I adjusted the neck when I first got it, but since then it has been fine. I put on a lighter set of strings with no real effect on the neck. And it has seen some pretty extreme temp. and humidity changes with no problems.
  5. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    yep, that's a sharp one.
  6. Hi fretless 5,
    Thanks for the welcome! That's a beautiful BD you have there. I've thought that if I found one with a top like that, I'd be tempted to maybe forego the Pedulla, but I've been thinking that what I need right now are fretless and fretted necks that are exactly the same to speed learning new skills. Wish I could afford both!
    Jim T.