Warwick Rock Basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Gazzy, Jul 23, 2009.

  1. Gazzy


    Mar 9, 2009
    Hey guys,
    I am seeking a bit of advice as to whether I should buy a second-hand warwick rock bass. The guy has it at the shop. It's in good condition and sounds good as far as I can see, but I just wanna know do you think warwick rock basses are good instruments? He has $800NZ on it.
    Thanx,Gazzy :D
  2. Not sure what NZ is, but $800 US is a *lot* for a used Rockbass.
  3. vbasscustom


    Sep 8, 2008
    yeah, i just bought a new one for 600
  4. TeamTrejo


    Oct 12, 2008
    Franklin WI
    Assuming NZ is New Zealand Dollar

    800 NZD = 523 USD

    The Rockbass is very nice but that seems way steep.

    I had a Corvette Rockbass that I sold for $180. Should have kept it.:rollno:
  5. MickMichaels


    Jan 16, 2008
    Gazzy, these basses are dirt cheap at the moment as there is a new range of rockbass coming out soon, check out the runout prices at The Bass Centre in Melbourne. :)
  6. Hund Basses

    Hund Basses

    May 17, 2009
    Buffalo, NY
    i got a streamer 5 for $175 off the bay with a set of emg's
  7. splitcoilsenior


    Jan 18, 2009
    This one looks like a good deal, P/J, Swamp Ash, Mec. I think the price is discounted on it, I'd buy it but..I just bought a Sx jazz...
  8. That's just one of the many reasons we fill out our profiles here on TB. So others know what the HELL we're talking about! :D
  9. humpy thumb

    humpy thumb

    Jul 23, 2005
    Sydney Australia
    Warwick bass forum moderator.
    What model Rockbass are we talking about here?
    I know prices in New Zealand are higher than most,but $800 for even a used Vampyre Rockbass sounds high.
  10. Chrispurchase


    Oct 24, 2007
  11. you could buy a standard german warwick for that price. I sold my corvette fna for $700.00AUD. I had trouble selling it any higher.
  12. new rockbass!!! when?!?
  13. MickMichaels


    Jan 16, 2008
    New Rockbass range was s'posed to be out in 09 but i have heard wispers of them not being ready till 2010, if u search u can find pics on Talkbass.
    Anyone got any more news on these puppies ??
  14. xikbastard


    May 7, 2007
    i think the new rockbasses will sport a new logo and the same "W" headstock and double bridge but the neck is maple/rosewood. actually i dun mind getting a rockbass corvette or streamer with a maple/maple neck
  15. xikbastard


    May 7, 2007

    prowl thru warwick forums and saw this very nice rockbass $$ vette.... omg.

  16. BassistX


    Mar 4, 2008
    I'll get to your price question in a bit but... Just an experience from using a butterscotch Rockbass Corvette bought in Singapore. I bought one on an impulse - they sound good and are lightweight.

    But... the apparent lack of QC in the manufacturing on the particular bass I purchased led to a string of problems that rendered it unplayable. The volume pot eventually rusted solid, the jack came free after a few weeks' use, and in general the internal wiring and electronics were poorly done. The tone and boost knobs (factory installed) were the last to bite the dust, and fritzed out on me. I had a luthier change out and redo the internal wiring, and install a new jack. I recognise this may have been endemic/particular to the bass I purchased so a caveat emptor surf around for more opinions could help.

    To your question on price, what you are seeing *does* seem a bit high as they tend to go for about US$400 - US$500 new tops (stressing that it's in my market).
  17. i hate username

    i hate username

    Jan 9, 2006
    The price seems a little steep but rockbasses are great. The maple neck gives them a more "punchy" tone to german made wicks. Cause of the woods used they are similar to fenders, and the tone and playability is similar imho to mim fenders.

    Whats the market in NJ like for basses,check around for new prices on rockbasses to check if that price is good.It sounds steep but i dont know what the prices are like there.You could also try an online store.
  18. humpy thumb

    humpy thumb

    Jul 23, 2005
    Sydney Australia
    Warwick bass forum moderator.
    The new Rockbasses should be with the dealers from early 2010.
    They will feature the same 2 piece bridge & headstock inlay & just a nut 3 as the regular Warwick basses have.
    These changes were made because it was requested by you guys,the players.
  19. I just got a used Rock Bass Corvette Fretless 5


    The price did wind up going a bit higher than I'd have liked ($323), but in all I'm pleased with it. Very stable construction.

    If those are New rockbasses int he pic above...I can't imagine how much they'd cost; they look like the originals Wicks!!! I can see why mine was less expensive (alder body, cheaper bridge, etc)
  20. obejuan


    Sep 25, 2009
    Minooka, IL
    I picked up a used Rockbass (transparent blue model) at GC for the incredible price of $150!

    It's my first bass and I totally dig it! Nice tone, smooth feel, and great action.

    It's alot better then the low end Deans and Ibanez's I was looking at.