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Warwick Streamer $$ vs Warwick Streamer Stage 2

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by matti777, Jul 2, 2019.

  1. matti777

    matti777 Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 2007
    Edmonton, Canada
    A question for the Warwick buffs.......I've been hankering for a Warwick STREAMER 4 Stage 2 for some time and the time is now. There is nothing used available around except a very expensive newer one on the coast. However there is a local German Streamer $$ for sale which sounds and feels very nice but has flats on it right now. So the question is.....does a $$ sound the same as a Stage 2 except with more tonal variety?
  2. matti777

    matti777 Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 2007
    Edmonton, Canada
    $$ is bolt on of course
  3. Wanker_Joe


    Sep 26, 2017
    Unfortunately I've never had the opportunity to play a $$, but I can tell you that my SSII is incredibly distinctive. It's easily recognizable. And the best bass I've ever laid my hands on by far. Can a $$ cop that tone? Maybe, but I doubt it; SSIIs are pretty special.
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  4. Overall, the $$ will have a bit more variety in tonal options. I wouldn't say they sound the "same" but they're not that far apart. The SSII and Thumb are more similar. I personally would like the SSII over any $$. I'd wait for one to pop up or save for a new one before getting the $$, unless you decide you love that more instead.

    I have no idea who would put flats on a $$, let alone a Warwick IMHO.
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  5. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    I’ve tried several $$ Warwicks, and owned a few SSII’s. The $$ basses are nice, but the SSII’s are amazing basses. If a Stage II is what you want, save up and get one. You won’t be sorry.
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  6. matti777

    matti777 Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 2007
    Edmonton, Canada
    Thanks for the great replies. The Stage 2 is a few years old and is over $3k USD by the time it gets here. Its not cheap but then again not a lot more than many other used higher end basses. I'm just not sure I need to spend that much to get what I want. Buying a bass without having it in your hands is always difficult.
  7. John Stephen

    John Stephen

    Aug 16, 2018
    SF Bay Area
    Why? What is the issue with putting flats on a Warwick?

    (I should add, I recently played a Standard Streamer in my local GC and the thing played like butter. I almost bought it right then and there.)
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2019
  8. Honestly, there is no issue with it lol but in my opinion a Warwick should sound growly, bright, and aggressive. The tone Warwicks are known for come through best with rounds. Especially the $$. So it interests me why someone would spend the money on a Warwick if they want a warm mellow tone. Not knocking anyone who would. I'm sure flats would sound ok on an Infinity or a fretless Thumb SC. To me, it is like tranquilizing the beast, like putting a quiet exhaust on an expensive muscle car. To each their own. :bassist:

    The streamer standard is a nice bass, I own a 5 string one. They are pretty neutral so flats could work on these as well (IDK I never tried), but also exhibit a growl that cuts through with rounds. If it was the Rockbass version, they are very good quality for the price. :thumbsup:
  9. John Stephen

    John Stephen

    Aug 16, 2018
    SF Bay Area
    Thanks for the clarification, Pizza. Glad to hear you like your Streamer Standard 5er. The one I tried was the Rockbass version. I'm a short-scale player for various physical reasons, but that sure was a nice, comfortable bass when I tried it in the shop.
  10. EmuBass


    Jan 24, 2018
    Vienna, Austria
    I assume that the $$ has several options in the electronics for putting it in serial /parallel or humbucking/single-coil as well as active/passive? I'd prefer the PJ configuration like on my Streamer stage I compared to the $$ with various electronics options on my RB Corvette.
  11. PaulS


    Jan 19, 2016
    New Jersey
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