Warwick Stories

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Jimbo, Sep 27, 2001.

  1. Jimbo


    Dec 4, 2000
    Philadelphia, PA
    i'm looking for a new bass i've been playing an wide range of basses. but one that caught my eye was this warwick, i really liked it, but i've heard a bunch of stories about the electronics being faulty, or things like the strap butttons falling off. are these common problems? is a warwick worth the money?
  2. ZuluFunk

    ZuluFunk Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2001
    Never had a problem with mine. It's a '97 Thumb Bolt-on.

    I think there has been some lower quality recently. I'd stay away from the new Corvettes and Thumbs you see advertized at the major retail shops. Warwick appears to be trying to meet a market demand by increasing their manufacturing capacity on certain lines. This leads to more construction problems.

    Saw the same thing with Korean Spectors. Still good, just more likely to have problems.

    Dolphin, Infinity, Thumb-through, and older Warwicks are of the highest quality around.

    Just my opinion. Again, I have a '97 Thumb Bolt-on 5 stringer with the older wenge neck, MEC electronics, brass nut, and straplocks. I'd put it up as one of the best-constructed basses I've ever laid my hands on. Solid and awsome to play.
  3. WARWICKS RULE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GET A WARWICK !!!!
  4. I've had to replace the input jack & volume/pan pot on my Warwick Streamer after four years. It was all fixed for free under Wawick's Warantee and is now better then ever.

    No problems whatsoever with Warwick Straplocks.

    Any instrument may have something or other go wrong with it. The main thing is the Customer Service and the availability of parts over time.
    Warwick provides excellent customer service if you deal with them direct. And they have every part for every Warwick ever made, even discontinued models (like mine).
  5. The MEC pickups had and bad rap for a while and some people still feel that way. But the only problem I have ever see on ANY warwick is one that has an easy access door to the pots and 9v's the locking tab was broken and the cover wouldn't stay on. But even that was at a store so I would blame it on too many customers playing around with it. GET IT. The Bass Place in AZ has some good Warwick deals on Ebay
  6. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    I never had a problem with any of mine. I used to hate the 2 piece bridge, because I had horrible slapping teck-ni-que and I used to snap about 2 G strings a week.
  7. jasonbraatz


    Oct 18, 2000
    Oakland, CA
    never had a problem with mine either.

    it's a 98 thumb neck thru. bubinga/wenge neck, brass nut, etc. all the old school stuff.

    it's been on tables that have fallen over, gets played for hours a day, gigged extensively, with only a few dents and scratches.

    as for the MEC electronics, no problems there either. i'll probably be putting new pickups in it, not because i think it needs it, but because my dearmond needs it, and i'm not about to put nice new pickups in that thing. :) so it's getting the MEC's. i think it's getting seymour duncan classic stacks, and maybe i'll put an aguilar preamp in it someday....but i don't think it's really necessary.

    i too used to bust a TON of strings. not so much anymore though, i turned my amp up and started playing softer.

  8. i just sold a warwick 37th anniv bolt on thumb bass, the thing had an ebony fretted neck. a bubinga parmele body front w/ maple layer in between the ovangkol back it sounded the nuts, i prefer the 2 band electronics to the 3 band,....you can buy aregular thumb for as low as 1100-1159 w/ gig bag. the only thing i didnt like was that it is neck heavy, but when i giged with it i didnt even think about it.