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

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

  1. FireBug


    Sep 18, 2005
    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


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


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


    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.