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Which Warwick model is the preferred choice in the celeb/sessions world? Poll

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by FishDub, Jan 19, 2021.

  1. Streamer SS1

    16 vote(s)
  2. Streamer SS2

    18 vote(s)
  3. Thumb BO

    15 vote(s)
  4. Thumb NT

    45 vote(s)
  5. Corvette

    38 vote(s)
  6. Dolphin

    8 vote(s)
  1. FishDub

    FishDub Stuck in the 80s and happy about it Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2011
    Charlotte, NC
    For over 50 years we have seen hundreds use Fender, Ibanez, Spector, Alembic, MM, ETC...It seems when watching live performances of our favorite bands, I almost never see a Warwick..What "Warwick love" do you see out there with either local or famous bands?
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  2. Blackjac97

    Blackjac97 Supporting Member

    May 27, 2012
    I'm voting Corvette. I see that as THE Warwick bass. Seems whenever I see one live, it's a Corvette. Based on nothing but my impression of what I've seen more.

    I think the streamer, in any config, is a close second.
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  3. Thumb and Corvette are the the most popular I'd assume. You see lots of Corvettes in the metal world.
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  4. Jebberz

    Jebberz Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2012
    Quebec city
    I voted Thumb because of him..

  5. FishDub

    FishDub Stuck in the 80s and happy about it Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2011
    Charlotte, NC
  6. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    Pete Trewavas, bassist of Marillion
  7. bass12

    bass12 Have you seen my tonsils lately? Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    These days? I’d say none. But if I had to choose one it would be the Thumb (based on the ‘90s and early ‘00s when more high-profile people seemed to be playing Warwicks).
  8. socialleper

    socialleper Bringer of doom and top shelf beer Supporting Member

    May 31, 2009
    Canyon Country, CA
    The are used by many progressive metal and technical death metal bands. A lot of Spector as well.

    Famous Warwick players:
    Ryan Martinie, Erland Caspersen, Jon Stockman, Nick Schendzielos, Jeroen Paul Thesseling, Nick Shaw, Robert Trujillo, Troy Sanders, P-Nut, Dick Lovgren, Mike Inez,

    The spread of models being used is pretty broad, but I'd say the Corvette and Thumb are the most common and easily identifiable.
  9. Jebberz

    Jebberz Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2012
    Quebec city
    Probably my favorite bass player... from my favorite band.
  10. Mastodon2


    Feb 27, 2008
    Corvette is the most ubiquitous because it is the cheapest model in the line up. I'd say the Thumb is the most distinctive, not counting the Dolphin, Buzzard etc as they are so rare.

    Streamers are popular too and done seem to cause as many ergonomic issues for a lot of players. I never struggle with my Thumb but a lot of folks don't like the small, curved and heavy bodies.
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  11. burgerdj


    Dec 4, 2006
    If I had to guess, I’d say SSI and SSII for most studio session players. The Thumb has such a signature tone that it’s often more of a defining element of a band’s sound.

    For weekend and road warriors, I gotta hand it to the Corvette. They are great playing, great sounding, relatively affordable and plentiful - making them viable for even the most questionable dive bar or festival.
  12. Valvehead


    Jun 21, 2020
    Corvette used to be the cheaper model before Warwick ventured into chinese and korean built instruments. This may just be the main reason why you see a lot of them around. The Thumb NT was made of pure unobtainium. I have owned 4 dolphin pro1, ss1-5, ss2-5, streamer pro-m, thumb nt and a streamer lx6.

    Would love to try a Warwick Infinity some time!

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  13. Dr. Keebs

    Dr. Keebs Bassmaster General

    Jan 9, 2016
    I dig the sound Mike Chapman got with his SSII on Garth Brooks, Blackhawk, etc. albums in the 90s. Not intrusive, but clean, full, solid and punchy. If I were to have a choice of models to play, it would be that, thanks also to players like Dirk and P-Nut.
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  14. Mikey F

    Mikey F

    Aug 12, 2014
    Denver, CO
    Ones that come to mind are P-Nut from 311 playing his custom SSII, Ryan from Mudvayne playing a Thumb, and Norwood from Fishbone playing a Thumb or an Infinity. The Dave Matthews bass player played a Dolphin. Jack Bruce played a Thumb.
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  15. TonyRo

    TonyRo Supporting Member

    Jun 29, 2017
    Cleveland, OH
    P-Nut from 311 is my favorite and the reason I own a Streamer, though no one has mentioned Dirk Lance (Incubus) and his Streamer, or Sonny Thompson and his upside-down bright white Dolphin...
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  16. FishDub

    FishDub Stuck in the 80s and happy about it Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2011
    Charlotte, NC
    Actually 2 response up by @Dr. Keebs mentioned a Dirk if thats the same guy..
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  17. TonyRo

    TonyRo Supporting Member

    Jun 29, 2017
    Cleveland, OH
    You're right, missed it!
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  18. bste9

    bste9 Supporting Member

    Jun 15, 2000
    St. Louis
    Dirk Lance is the reason I started playing bass, his tone is just it for me. There are plenty of Warwick players out there now. Rex Brown is now playing Warwicks as well.
  19. TonyRo

    TonyRo Supporting Member

    Jun 29, 2017
    Cleveland, OH
    Amos Williams from Tesseract used to play one, and I believe both guys from The Omnific used to as well.
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  20. Memory immediately flashed back to seeing the master bassist John B. Williams in the house band on 'The Arsenio Hall Show' back in the day, rocking a Dolphin in front of a Trace stack (they were imported by the same company IIRC), one hell of a bassist on electric or upright.
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2021
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