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Warwick $$ (Double Buck) A Hit (A Complete Dissection)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by FireBug, Nov 17, 2005.


  1. FireBug

    FireBug

    Sep 18, 2005
    Houston
    I had the opportunity to play the latest addition to the Warwick family tonight: the Double Buck 4-string. I'll start by saying that theres no tone this monster can't produce. We'll break it down from here.

    I played it through two amps: Mesa Boogie M-Pulse 600 and Mesa Boogie Buster Bass.

    Compared this bass with a StingRay 4.

    Sweet spot indeed. Warwick says they cover it entirely and they deffinitely do. I was never really a fan of MEC pickups and electronics, but this bass is the exception. The bass does everything Warwick says it does on the site.

    I started off by using only the bridge pickup and with everything flat (including the semi-parametric on the M-Pulse; I turned the bass, mid, and treble knob up to 2:00). The bass sounded very good and coil tapping to the bottom coil provided the expected upper midrange. I messed around with the controls a bit and concluded that the bridge pickup sounded like a drier version of a StringRay, also with a little added upper midrange.

    I then moved to only the neck pickup. It had a lot more warmth and deep end. I did the same thing for this pickup. Coil tapping to the upper coil only provided very strong low end, though not at all muddy. I messed around with the controls for a while and concluded that this pickup sounded like a StingRay with noticeably less spark.

    Both pickups together produced a thunderous StingRay-esque type sound with a lot more deep end punch. Also sounded a bit more focused and tighter than a StingRay, with emphasis on low mids.

    I then experimented with coil-tapping and slightly off-centered the pickup balance more toward the neck pickup.
    What I came up with: I tapped the neck pickup into the upper coil and the same with the bridge pickup, which put the bass into Ultimate Slap Tone mode.

    Words cannot describe what I heard. Whatever Ultimate Slap Tone means to me, I'm positive that the slightest adjustment of what I have just described will get U.S.T. for you. Like I said, the bass is capable of anything. The sound of this bass is very far from "Warwick standard" and even non-Warwick lovers will like this bass. It is very easy to work with, and in my opinion, gives a better tone than the Thumb and the Jazzman (and also a StingRay). Very jazzy.

    As far as comfort goes, the neck is very well shaped and fits easily into your hand. Quite the opposite of say, a Cort. Correct form is effortless. As I was writing this I realized I forgot to do the neck-dive test, but if I remember right, it seemed fairly well balanced. You should also know that the StingRay I compared it with had an Alder body...they didn't have any Rays with the translucent on Ash finish. The Double Buck is an Ash body.

    As for the Buster Bass, I thoroughly enjoyed playing this bass through it. Lots of string definition and the warmth from that amp is just addicting. Very well-suited to this bass. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to try it through any of the 60s Bassmans they had. I soooo wanted to though. :mad:

    In conclusion, this bass is most definitely worth the $1700 price tag.
    If theres anything left out, I will update it when it comes to me. If there are any questions, fire away! :bassist:
     
  2. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    I thought it was poop..
     
  3. FireBug

    FireBug

    Sep 18, 2005
    Houston
    What amp/cab did you play through?
     
  4. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Some ampeg half stack.

    And im by no means a warwick basher, i really like them.

    I just didnt like this one.

    The woods felt cheaper than usual, and the tone was ..vanilla.
     
  5. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I'll have to try it again. I got it to sound really deep and got a sort of super P-bass sound.
     
  6. Don't these basses also come in Bubinga among other type of woods?
     
  7. Dincrest

    Dincrest

    Sep 27, 2004
    New Jersey
    As far as I know, the Doublebuck is strictly Swamp Ash. However, the Corvette Standard and Corvette Proline are bubinga and flame maple respectively. The FNA Jazzman is swamp ash with a flamed top.
     
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  8. clintotron

    clintotron

    Nov 11, 2008
    I know this thread is older than dirt, but I can't find the info I'm looking for. I traded a wenge-necked, 5-stringed, bubinga-bodied Corvette STD for the 5-stringed $$ that I own now. When in passive mode, is there a tone control? I've heard both 'yes' and 'no', but can't remember where I got that info. Anyone?
     
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  9. eastcoasteddie

    eastcoasteddie

    Mar 24, 2006
    NoVA
    I don't recall any Warwick's having a tone control for passive mode.
    A very little number of manufacturers do give you a passive tone control on an active bass, because on an active instrument, passive mode is thought of as an "emergency escape plan" to get you through the gig if your battery dies or the what-have-you.
    Only recently have some manufacturers gone the extra step and adding it to the overall package.
    I added passive tone to two of my active basses, where the tone is always in the circuit. And now that I have it, I can't live without it...
     
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  10. I've got a $$ Streamer 5 - no. no tone control in passive mode . ... but the coil tap options still all function...and with the pup blend also working in passive mode . ..there's still a ton of eq options available.
    I think they're superb basses . ..very underrated . You're pretty spot on in your descriptions of the pups & they're different configurations. Mine's light too...but sounds YOOOOJ....YOOOOOOOOJ I tell ya! (I wish I knew what a twitter was. ..... ;-)
    I've got a EBMM Stingray 5 as well and they ARE different animals. ... but I've NEVER been disappointed when I've used the $$.
    I actually had a $$4 Corvette. ..sold it. ...realized my mistake and, luckily, found a $$5 at a good price .
    As iconic and great as the Ray5 is, the $$5 will do pretty much everything it does and more. But it's hard to part with a sweet 24 y.o. Ray5 . .. when you love it also. :crying:
     
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  11. Just saw this old post. I use my $$ every day. Ovangkol neck, Wenge fingerboard, and Swamp Ash body. Two MM passive pups with MEC electronics. Mine is the Nirvana Black with all gold hardware. When playing 'old' country or bluegrass I just switch to passive/bridge. For everything else I use both pups, active, in series, treble 50% and bass 75%. I play through a GK 550 fusion amp into a GK 212 NEO II cab. It's pretty much all I need. Oh, mine was $2,300 US$ so the prices have gone up since 2005.