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can Warwick have a P-base tone?

Discussion in 'Bass Guitars' started by babebambi, Apr 6, 2009.

  1. babebambi

    babebambi

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    Let me put this in the open first. I do not want a Fender, nor do I want any thing that's in the shape of a Fender. So which Warwick would give me that old school p bass tone?

    I would like one with a carved body instead of a flat slab body. Ideally with a maple neck and an ash body. If the streamer $$ has the P/J pub, it would have been very close, rite? SSI can get kinda close, but not quite ...

    Any suggestion? or is this a CS project?
     
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  2. Mr Praline

    Mr Praline Forum Silly Person

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    I think you can get close enough on any wick with passive pickups and singled neck pickup.
     
  3. Florin

    Florin Warwick Forum Administrator Staff Member

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    Hey babe,
    The Streamer Stage II did it well for me with the right settings: [video=youtube;ISeXZW_pZdk]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISeXZW_pZdk[/video]
    If you like it I can give you the settings :)

    Of course, the buzzard was nice too, so my CS white streamer with P P pickups.
     
  4. rusty

    rusty Fatburger bassist

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    Basically I dont think any active bass can give you & passive "P" bass sound, appart from a "P" bass or any other close "Passive" bass..

    The streamer whilst being fingerpicked (Flo's video) sounds close, but is still way too middy for a P bass sound, and when he slaps it, well the P just goes out the window. (2 pickup active bass slap sound that warwick is famous for)!
    Sounds great, but not what your looking for.

    If you want the P bass "Thump" that they are famous for, buy a P bass. I am currently modifying my thumb bass to be fully passive with nordstrand pick ups to see if I can come close to this sound..

    There are a million & one arguments to be had over bass sounds, but they all come down to "try them out", most if not all active warwicks have a passive switch that you can try. I certainly prefer the feel, shape & looks of wicks over fenders & the like.

    My 2 cents

    Rusty
     
  5. Mr Praline

    Mr Praline Forum Silly Person

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    Don't do it! Buy an SX or J&D instead! Also, don't you have those Tomkins basses already? :(
     
  6. Mr Rabble

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    Depending on what you mean by P-bass tone.
    If your ears are familiar with a real Precision tone, no bass other than a Precision will have that sound.
    If you want a "generic" neck pickup tone, you can get it ouf of many basses, including Warwicks.
     
  7. golem

    golem Philosopher King

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    Warning !

    Sweeping Generalization Ahead !

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    No two P-basses sound alike.





     
  8. Lex

    Lex Warwick Endorser

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    4-string SS1 with flatwounds.
     
  9. TylerDurdenPSSC

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    I get a pretty thick and chunky p-esque tone on my Proline.

    Easily too.
     
  10. Curtis

    Curtis Editor De Bassist magazine (NL)

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    Like someone above me also claimed: There are a lot of different P sounds. My main bass at the moment is a Mexican P with maple neck, which has a lot more bite and treble than a rosewood necked P. And so on.
     
  11. herb vibes

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    fortress one!
    i even get the pbass-tone out of my 5er
     
  12. golem

    golem Philosopher King

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    Lezzzeeee heah ....

    Can't looook like a Fender .......
    but gotta sounnd like a Fender ......

    Then I spohoze ......
    it should prolly come from a company that
    Fender had the self-preservational foresight
    to take over and cannibalize.

    I mean, okeedoky it looks North American,
    but not really Fehennnderrry ... got teenzy
    tuners, pointy horns, no PG ... and suchlike
    and so forth:​
     

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  13. TylerDurdenPSSC

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    Zatta Guild Pilot?

    Haven't seen oneahdem in a looong time. :p
     
  14. golem

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    Yump. Zozer mine. Not my pix but
    but that's the exact finishes same
    as my Pilots. Same models as well.

    They're not eggs ackerley P-basses.
    More like the "Jazz Special". Those
    reverse P-PUs make them the true
    antichrists anywayz, plus the super
    fast needle necks ... makes Fender
    J-necks feel like telephone poles.

     
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  15. Andrew O

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    I agree. I own a 76 ash p bass, and i don't think you can get anything that is MORE of a p bass than that (unless you score jamersons!). Nothing will match the "charm" of a fender bass, but i quite trying, i'm just looking for my sound now, which i consistently find with humbuckers! =D
     
  16. Grgzilla

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    haha,charm of a Fender?
    That's priceless.
     
  17. I-play-bass

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    I think Fender's are more about "Staple" than "Charm"

    Very basic, meat and potatoes sound.
     
  18. Mr Rabble

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    The P-bass sound is mainly due to:
    1) AlNiCo Split-coil right in that position
    2) Maple Neck
    3) passive electronics

    Warwick basses are very far from there.
    Better to some, worst to others, but different for sure.

    Even the sound of Florin's soud check, a great sound indeed, to my ears is very far from a P-bass sound
     
  19. rusty

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    Hey Samuel, Ive got a thread here about this somewhere!! Im doing it so I can get more bottom end out of my thumb 5, I want to use my wick for the funk band im in and also another up & coming pop act im playing with also.

    I use my Tomkins basses for the country stuff. At the moment the thumb just doesnt have the thump I need & like, hence the nordie mod. But dont worry, The nordies are exactly the same size as the SD basslines & I will be removing everything hollus bollus so I can revert back to factory at any time in the future!! :d

    I agree with Golem that not all "P" basses sound the same, but they all have that low end thump & grunt that a lot of basses (even very expensive rip off's) dont have. And yes, Fender is more about staple than charm & have been for a very long time..

    Its now up to 5 cents!!

    Rusty
     
  20. Shoewreck

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    AlNiCo pickups as mentioned above would definitely add some fenderish character to the sound. MECs are so different...
     
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