Warwick Fret Wear

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Bass Boy, Nov 7, 2000.

  1. I was just wondering if anyone has any experience with fret wear on their Warwicks. I have had mine for about two years and haven't had any problems but am wondering how they stand up after a few years of use especially with steel strings.
  2. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    I don't think the bell brass frets on Warwicks are any more resistant to wear than standard nickel fretwire. Warwick just uses them for tone and cosmetics. What bass luthiers *should* do is take a cue from Parker and use stainless steel, which is considerably harder than brass or nickel. Tradition dies hard.
  3. maxoges


    Aug 23, 2000
    Stockholm, Sweden
    I sometimes practice on a warwick at Musicians Institute when I leave my bass home.
    They really make nice basses! I have really no experience what so ever with warwick, but this loaner bass in school is used daily and it has excellent frets. It's dented, the knobs are loose, but it still playes like a GOD!
  4. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    At my university, the loaner bass is a Lotus. It's shiny, it has not a single scratch on it and it plays like a DOG. Heck even the community college here has a better bass than my school (They have a real '75 Jazz bought in '75)

    :mad: 'nufff said.

    Will C.:cool:
  5. maxoges


    Aug 23, 2000
    Stockholm, Sweden
    MI has a fretless warwick five string and an ESP J copy as loaners also. But since I don't play fretless (yet) and I like warwicks more than jazz basses, so I end up using the warwick.