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Discussion in 'Warwick - Custom Shop' started by rob, Sep 2, 2007.

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  1. rob

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    Hello,
    my name is Roby and i am new in the Warwick family and in the forum. I only started playing bass recently but i immediately fell in love with my Corvette 5 $$ NT. It may seem a bit early but i really want to have a 5 string from the Custom Shop and therefor i need the help of you specialists out there. Since i am a bass newcomer i chose the materials only for their looks without knowing anything about the sound it would have. Well here is my dream bass :
    Streamer Stage I 5
    Body : Walnut body with 1" buckeye burl top
    Headstock : matched
    Fretboard : Maple or ebony
    Neck : Maple
    Hardware : black
    Pickups : J/MM
    All i want to have is a bass that is good for any style of music (from Jazz to Soul and Funk...to sometimes Metal). Do you think this is possible with that bass or do you have any suggestions to make?
    Thanks for your help
    Rob
     
  2. Drexil

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    Sounds like a killer bass!!!

    Not sure about the black hardware on Buckeye burl, but thats a purely aesthetic matter, and since its your bass, its your choice. Think carefully though!

    Maybe also consider changing the neck for Wenge or Ovangkol, which will give you more 'bite' if you need it, as well as (allegedly) being somewhat more resistant to weather-induced swelling. (which will cause you to require a setup)
     
  3. Vinnie

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    Hey rob welcome to the forum.
    Your CS Warwick seems like the perfect match to what you want in your bass. I hate to be the bringer of bad news but the only pickups available for 5 string broadneck models are soapbar pickups.
     
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    Yes,

    the Streamer Stage 1 is a standard broadneck bass, which means that the string spacing on the 5 and 6 string versions is 20 mm. The string spacing on a Corvette NT is the standard 16.5 mm. Vinman is right: only soapbars are available today for broadneck basses.
    What you could do is start with a Stage 2 bass, and then choose the woods you like. The Stage 2 has standard string spacing (16.5 mm), which will give you the option to put J/MM pickups. The starting price is higher than the Stage 1 though..........
    Concerning the sound of wood: I personally don't think that a particular wood combination will suit your music style best............What kind of sound are you looking for ?? Something similar to your Corvette NT ?? Or something totally different ?? Maybe you can check out at your local shop some basses, Warwicks and non-Warwicks to get a feel of what different woods and pickups do to the overal sound.........

    Cheers. :D
     
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    Hi,
    to be honest: since i only started playing bass 2 weeks ago i do not know a lot of what bass sound suits to a particular style of music. I simply do not want to buy a CS Bass now i find out later that it will not suit my playing and my music. Concerning my Corvette i am so happy with it because of the feel and the multitude of sounds it has. I do not know if the bass should be different from the Corvette...i know i want it to look great and bring me fun over the years...in any musical style i like (as i already mentioned soul, jazz, rnb, funk...). As the Streamer I is a broadneck, do you think it is much more difficult to handle for a starter?
     
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    A broadneck has its advantages and disadvantages. If you play with a pick, you may find broadneck spacing comfortable, but if you play fingerstyle, and you have small hands, then you may find standard spacing more comfortable. Broadneck spacing itself is not more difficult to handle than standard spacing. However, since you already have a Warwick with standard spacing, you may want to stick with that (at least if you're comfortable with it).
    Concerning the woods, I think it's going to be difficult to give advise at this moment, since you're not sure what kind of sound you want...........Don't worry, just give it more time......... :wink:
     
  7. diitriss

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    Hi Rob'
    Maybe it's a little too soon to pay serious money on a custom bass.
    Considering you started 2 weeks ago you allready have a good bass to play with and find out a lot of things about what YOU like and suits your style best.But this will happen only after you try a lot of different things and a good starting point would be your nearest music store trying the basses hanging on the wall.Hang out with other bass players and see some dvd's with your favorite bassists,use the internet and find about the bass players and their equipment of the cd's you like and take ideas.Play as many and as much as you can and you'll see that as the time passes, your opinion about things will change as well.
    Of course don't expect to make such an early decision about the bass that would be with you for the rest of your life.The most certain thing is that if you are serious about bass playing and keep playing in the years to come ,a lot of basses will come and go in the process and that is one of the fun things about it.
    This forum is one of the best places to get information, but dont forget to try for yourself the things that you find out about, here or elsewere.
    Wait a little before you make your decision and you'll thank me later.

    I hope i hepled :)
     
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    Yeah....2weeks is a bit soon to be buying a CS bass!

    Maybe put the extra cash into a better amp, or some cool goodies like a compressor or multi-effects unit? To be honest, if you've already got a Corvette NT $$, then you've already got all the bass you'll be able to handle for a while, and the money would probably be better spent on other aspects of your rig.

    On the other hand, if you have the cash, and are prepared to spend it knowing the limitations of your ability to choose, then go for it! There's nothing that feels as good as getting your paws on a new bass, and I imagine the feeling is dramatically amplified if its a custom order!
     
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    If you are rich, forget what i said and go buy as many basses as you can, especially customs! "Unfortunately" it's the best way to learn. 8)
     
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    maybe 2 weeks is a bit soon but I say that this bass will be able to do anything. And I think that the maple neck is a good idea instead of the ovangkol of a ss2 because walnut has already a dark tone so the maple neck ebony fingerboard will help a lot to get some more highs. If you got the money then do it. But I agree with the other guy that you may have to consider a better rig before buying a custom (this one will probably be very very expensive, so with that money, you'll be able to get a killer rig)
     
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    to be entirely honest id say dont bother spending any more until you've got some experience under you belt. the NT $$ vette is a fabulous instrument...why do you need another bass after a matter of days...?

    sorry...
     
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    Actually if you have the money i'd say go for it tbh nothing gives you more motivation to play and to learn than playing on a bass you love.

    I will caution you and say DON'T RUSH, this forum has guys who really know there stuff concerning cs basses,woods sounds and i'm sure they can help you out and give you an idea on the tone etc...thing is if you have cash kicking around i'd get a cs bass and a nice rig...that or order the cs bass and then by the time you eventually get it you should have improved you skills and maybe have some more cash to get a rig worthy of the bass :)

    I'll try not to repeat what other members have said, the broad neck is also good for slap as you have more spacing, but as other people have said means you have to stretch a bit more when playing.

    As for the music and the style depends how bright a tone you want this is really subjective for me a jazzy/soul funk tone is big and fat lots of bottom and a nice smooth upper register and treble, so for this if i recall correctly walnut is perfect for this, or maybe ash..i love the ash on my $$.

    rest is pretty much summed up by flipper_gv

    Pick up wise the the j/mm sounds very cool but why not a $$ pickup config? if i may ask...its probably the most versatile and will let you do tonnes of stuff.
     
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    Getta Rockbass or a used Warwick off ebay.Buying a CS bass after only 2 weeks of playing is nuts.You might give it up in another 2 weeks.It seems like impulsion is at play here.Be patient mate,ya dont need to own the baddest CS bass on earth to learn.
    btw Thirdy,J pickups are available in 6 string & BN.Check out Markus Setzer. :wink:
     
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    ........................Didn't we talk about this ..............like yesterday or so ??...............My brains aren't functioning properly.................I need to have it tuned................. :oops: :lol:
     
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    Yes we did my friend.I forgot about that too till ya mentioned it.
     
  16. Ian

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    It took me almost 4 years of playing to get a CS Streamer. And to be honest, I even think it's too early to get such an amazing bass. My chops are pretty average, and I have an awesome bass that would sound even better in an experienced bassist's hands.


    I love my bass anyway. Don't know if I deserve it, but it's the bass of a lifetime so I don't care.
     
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    You dont give yourself nearly enough credit Ian.You're a very proficient player,above the average in ability & ya learnt from a master (Ed Poole,I checked :wink: ).If anyone "deserves" a CS bass it's you.After all,it's you that payed for it & dreamt it up.Without you,there's no "Ian's incrediblely beautiful Streamer LX" for me to show off to people that say CS basses arent worth the extra money. :wink:
     
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    Hi,
    yes, you may all be right. I'm going to learn the instrument first and then post my question again in a few years...or in a few months...or in a few weeks! No, i'll try to follow your good advice and learn from you!!!
    Thanks
    Rob
     
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    I generally agree that perhaps it's a tad early to start thinking custom, but if you are truly commited to playing bass and really know what you're looking for, then go for it! I wish I had started on a Warwick!
     
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    put it this way...

    i'd be perfectly happy to play at the world's biggest festival with the bass you already have :D
     
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