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what warwick basses u use??

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Coleman, Apr 19, 2003.

  1. Coleman


    Oct 13, 2001
    Hong Kong
    what warick basses u use and it good?
  2. I have three 4-string Warwicks that were all made in '90, which is my personal preference. These earlier models are all fine hand-made neck-through instruments:

    Streamer Stage II - afzelia body and wenge/afzelia neck with green side-LEDs and gold hardware. This is a heavy bass, but is extremely versatile with a killer slap tone.

    Dolphin Pro 1 - boire palisander with platinum hardware and wenge/boire neck. It's very well-balanced and also versatile. It can dial in the most aggressive sound I've ever heard from a bass but still sings sweetly when needed.

    Thumb bass - bubinga and black hardware with wenge/bubinga neck of course. Nothing cuts through the mix like the chocolate-rich sound of a Thumb. Be warned that the balance of Thumb basses is a bit odd. The short upper horn puts the neck at an odd angle that's prone to neck dive. If you consider these, be sure to try one out using a strap. They're not for everyone.

    I also have a Dolphin Pro 1 (5-string) in custom white with red side-LEDs. It's a beautiful bass with a versatile sonic palette.

    If you use the "search" feature here you'll find several long threads on this topic.
  3. sloppysubs


    Nov 24, 2002
    Swansboro, NC
    1999 warwick streamer std. 4 string in transparent green.
  4. oddio, do you have any pics of these basses?

    the dolphins especially sound very interesting.

  5. Dr. Funk

    Dr. Funk

    Oct 10, 2001
    I'm the proud owner of a 1997 neck-thru thumb 4 string. I love this bass and I'll keep it forever but I would like to get a Streamer SSII someday. I saw a band last night and the guy had a 5 string Thumb bolt-on. It sounded great. Everybody talks about the older Warwicks being much better and I would agree. However, they still make really nice basses. I saw an SSII recently that was a 2002 and it was wonderfull, even with the Ovangkol neck.
  6. Since you asked...

    I purchased the famous "bass porn" Dolphin from Jon and Mimi at BunnyBass. This is one of the most amazing basses I've ever played. :bassist:


    My pics aren't as good as Mimi's, but here's the white 5-string:


    Unfortunately I have no pics of the Streamer, so I'll have to break out the camera.

    Dr. Funk is correct... the Thumb neck-through is a keeper. I also agree that Warwick is still producing excellent basses. I tried an Infinity LTD a few weeks ago and absolutely loved it!
  7. i belive iam playing a Corvette stnd. wenge neck
    bubinga body brass nut. i belive its a 97. iam not sure if its a stand or proline, its passive but has a proline trussrod cover.
  8. iplaybass


    Feb 13, 2000
    Houston, TX
    Just got a FNA Jazzman, I love it. The midrange BARKS when you dig in... I absolutely love it. Put in a little more bass and cut the treble, and you've got a great smooth laid-back tone.
  9. 1996 Thumb 4 string neck through.
  10. jasonbraatz


    Oct 18, 2000
    Oakland, CA
    98 Streamer Stage II 5
    98 Thumb BO 6 fretless

    i like them
  11. Yamarc

    Yamarc Supporting Member

    Jun 25, 2002
    Okemos, MI
    oddio, what is the main difference between your SSII and the Dolphin? Which sound do you prefer and why? Thanks, Marc
  12. Having started off in the '60s with an old Precision (that I still have) the Streamer Stage II is a natural fit with roughly the same shape and string spacing. It hangs and balances in a natural position for me.

    Strangely, this bass has a different sound than other Warwicks that I've owned or played; perhaps it's the Afzelia wood or the older MEC pups/preamp. This bass is a slapper's dream. Unfortunately it's quite heavy, and the 3 extra batteries for the green neck-LEDs add to the weight.

    The Dolphin (4) is a more versatile bass. It's got a wider range of tones and can dial in an excellent P-Bass or Jazz vibe using the coil-tap. It also has some of the most aggresive bass tones I've heard plus I like the lighter weight.

    These are very different instruments. I use both extensively. You probably want to know which ONE I would choose, and that would be tough; perhaps the Dolphin for the lighter weight and range of tones. If the Streamer was lighter, it would win, no question.
  13. Chris_AtariDoll


    Dec 8, 2001
    ive just sold my 1987 Custom Thumb........

    I have a new Stage II 5-string on order.... it should be here by the end of the week.....mmmmmmmmm dream bass.
  14. Chris... congratulations!!! Be sure to post some pics when you get a chance. I'm very interested in your impressions once you've had a chance to get a feel for your new bass.
  15. Chris_AtariDoll


    Dec 8, 2001
    Thanks, really looking forward to it.... ill take some pics when i get it.

  16. Chris_AtariDoll


    Dec 8, 2001
    the bass has arrived...... im off to the store to pick it up. :)
  17. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    Streamer Stage I 5.

    Why? Because I wanted to have the chunky Warwick tone in my collection, and the SSI5 has the string spacing I prefer (so-called "wide" 5).

    It's a very cool bass. The only downside is that it's mostly maple and quite heavy.

    Link to crappy photo of it:
  18. Chris_AtariDoll


    Dec 8, 2001
    took the bass straight to the gig from the store and used it for the whole set..... it felt comfortable straight away.... it just felt perfect. action is great, sound is great (need to get used to the controls a bit), the balance is excellent, it isnt that heavy... people had warned me it was gonna be real heavy... but doest feel that bad... all in all, im very impressed. only niggles....

    1.the case got damaged in transit (it shows it works tho), i was getting it a trade price anyway... so i got a load of strings thrown in

    2. Strap locks.... or lack ov them... shouldnt a £2000+ bass come with them as standard?
  19. ZuluFunk

    ZuluFunk Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2001
    I'm so amazed this thread hasn't been done before...



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