Warwick Rockbass Corvette Double Buck

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by GreggBummer, Dec 30, 2014.

  1. Yesterday I acquired a Warwick Corvette in a trade.

    This is a "give it a try" instrument for me. I am not a five string player, I have confined myself to four strings for the past 15 years after a failed experiment.

    This bass is well loved. When I got home I have her a good cleaning, restrung her with nickle D'addarios. This is another experiment for me as I have been playing rotosounds for as long as I can remember. They sound pretty good on this bass. It took me a little while to figure out how to adjust the action. I'm still not totally happy with it, but I am confident I can get it to where I want it.

    For a Korean made (or maybe China, or Indonesia, or some other place) this bass is very well put together. When I had the strings off, only a few nuts and bolts needed tightening. Other than a scratchy pot, the electronics are in good shape. I am impressed with the pickups. They are loud and I get a nice growl out of them if I dial back the neck pickup just a touch. I am really accustomed to 4 string necks, so moving to a 5 string will take some time. However, this neck is pretty comfortable and doesn't feel like the baseball bat neck I had on my last 5.

    Overall I'm impressed. I have a couple of questions for you Warwick fans out there. The volume controls are push/pull- I believe these switch each pick up between series and parallel wiring. Is that correct?

    Are Rockbass Corvettes from 2009 made in China?

    Is there a tutorial on setting up this style of bass? The bridge on this thing is a monster. I am pretty sure I could get more out this bridge if I knew what I was doing.

    If I end up not being a "5 string" guy, I will likely restring this bass EADGC (or maybe EADGB? That seems to make more sense? Opinion?). For now, I'm going to give the 5 a try.

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  2. That sure is a sweet bass! Nirvana Black ash body is killer. You are correct about the pickup selection...last I remember, you can browse the Warwick site and download a wiring diagram and such for it.
    The Warwicks have a pretty narrow neck, so they'd probably be easy to get used to as a 5. I myself abandoned 4's a while ago and can only seem to play 5's....though I can't seem to get used to a 6 at all... :/.
    If you wind up keeping it, I'd suggest adding a preamp and 3 way switches for SC/S/P pickup wiring.
  3. Which preamp would you recommmend? Audere?
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  4. AciDBatH666


    Feb 13, 2008
    Lafayette, LA
  5. Thanks for passing on that .pdf. That really helped. (Guess I should've googled!)
  6. Tbone76


    Aug 24, 2013
    If you search youtube, Warwick has a comprehensive tutorial on how to properly adjust the 3D bridge. It works a little differently than a standard style bridge, but it allows for inividual string spacing along with your standard bridge adjustments. The $$ is a monster pup configuration. Congrats!:bassist:
  7. graphics1988

    graphics1988 Supporting Member

    Oct 26, 2014
    Ontario Canada
    I have an 09 corvette $$ Bubinga NT German bass...she's heavy but has an amazing neck/wenge finger board. It is my "go to" bads and I am drawn to it every time I go to my bass stand (which also has a new Fender American Deluxe Dimension IV HH on it). It too, is fantastic....but it's is always my second choice...the warwick fits like a glove whereas I find the fender a bit cumbersome to play. I would have likely sold it or traded it by now...but my wife bought it for me as a birthday gift. (No, she doesn't have any sisters) ;)
    The YouTube sites by Framus/Warwick are amazing at explaining setups (as mentioned above). Enjoy it...they're an amazing piece of art. :)
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  8. I just spent a few hours with the bass, playing old familiar songs. I am becoming more and more convinced that this bass is amazing. The only draw back is that I am not accustomed to playing a 5 string. However, this is the best sounding 5 string I have ever played. The low B is well defined and isn't lifeless as have heard on other 5 strings.

    The bass is set up for a narrower string spacing than my Fender Jag (my #1). I thought that would take some getting used to... But it feels very comfortable.

    Why didn't a try a Warwick sooner?
  9. You can't go wrong with Warwick - German, Korean, or Chinese. I love my Double Buck 4 stringer. Glad you like yours.
  10. I think the one I have is Chinese made. I am not entirely sure how to tell.

    I'm not an active pick up guy, but I'm considering the pre amp idea.
  11. El Spearo

    El Spearo

    Jun 12, 2012
    Wellington, NZ
    Here you go. watch them in order. I used to have a Rockbass $$, now have a German Corvette STD. My number 1 bass.

  12. Probably something like and OBP-2 with a stacked treble/bass pot. That way you can use the two separate volume pots you have now, and not have to drill another hole for a 4th pot.
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  13. mel0dic.bassist


    Jul 9, 2014
    That's gorgeous! If I were to own a Warwick, THAT would be the one, German or Rockbass alike.. The position of those two 'buckers couldn't be set any better.

    More of these need to find their way to Canada :crying:
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  14. Need2KnowBasses


    Aug 30, 2010
    I'm pretty sure all Rockbasses are made in China. All the ones I've seen have been well made and play great.
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  15. Once I'm sure this bass is a keeper (which seems likely) I'll explore that preamp. The only question I have in my head is: Can I adjust to 5 string?
  16. El Spearo

    El Spearo

    Jun 12, 2012
    Wellington, NZ
    Of course you can. You can adapt to anything given enough practice.
    I've been thinking of an OBP-3 for my vette, bass/treble stacked, hi/lo mids stacked and vol/balance stacked
  17. I've been away from the bass for a few days while I've been visiting family out of town. I've been thinking about scales and chords and how the b string opens up options. This is for a different thread I'm sure, but, I'm curious to see how my playing develops around the "new string".
  18. El Spearo

    El Spearo

    Jun 12, 2012
    Wellington, NZ
    I sold my last 4 string bass about 2 months ago, a rockbass corvette $$. I was not playing it at all. A few of the songs we play were originally recorded using Eb tuning, and they're easy to play in the 5er.also saves me some big shifts, I have more range in any given position
  19. MasterMonkeyMan

    MasterMonkeyMan Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2009
    Very nice. I just picked up an 07 German 4 string Corvette $$ Nirvana Black. Used but not abused. I am liking it.
  20. An update (kind of)-

    I am slowly adapting to the five string. The low B on this bass is very well defined. This bass is a keeper for sure. I'm still not too sure about adding a preamp, it sounds pretty darn good through my Sansamp BDDI. I have it dialed in with a clean sound. I played it trough a local studios SVT with an 810 and I left with a smile on my face a mile wide. Who knew I would turn into a humbucker guy?