Warwick playing style.....

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Joe Nerve, Oct 17, 2001.

  1. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses, Hipshot products
    I've noticed after juggling my basses around a bit, that my Warwick responds way differently than my others. I play fairly hard, and when I use the Warwick (regardless of how I EQ it), I generally have to lay back a lot. I either get that serious Warwick growl, that does exist, but I don't want ALL the time, or a real clackity fret sound. When I play softly, the bass sings.

    Anyone else share this experience?
  2. Yes, I experience the same thing with my Warwick.
    ...Don't you just love it?

    The magic is in your fingers, make her sing according to your attack.
  3. Luis Fabara

    Luis Fabara

    Aug 13, 2000
    Ecuador (South America)
    Audio Pro - Ecuador
    That´s great.
    That usually happens when the bass has a very straight neck and a very good setup.
    Construction has a lot to do there.
    Thats the YOU ARE THE PLAYER aproach that good basses have.

    My Cort Curbow responds that way too.
    And hoping my Warwick Streamer LX 6 will do too.
  4. jasonbraatz


    Oct 18, 2000
    Oakland, CA
    oh yeah. i can make my thumb sound like i'm playing it with a pick or like my upright. great basses, they be.

  5. air_leech


    Sep 1, 2000
    I too had to get used to playing with a lighter touch when I first got my warwick and I must say it was a change for good, less fatigue, more dynamics and less fret noise.

    also I belive the Warwick has a greater sensitivity to wether you play with the tip of the finger, the pad and the angle you attack the strings from.

    I guess the quality of the woods used and their hardness contributes to that as well as the anchoring bridge and angled headstock.
  6. My thumb needs a lighter touch. I also roll the volume back a little, it seems to bring out the growl when I pluck harder.
  7. I've noticed on my thumb that its a very attack sensitive bass. The more agressive the attack the more it does bring out the growl, but a light touch with the volume pot turned up plays a smother tone! Just my opinion!

    God Bless All !!