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New bass incoming!

Discussion in 'Bass Guitars' started by TechJunky, Sep 14, 2014.

  1. TechJunky

    TechJunky

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    Well, it's time I admit that I'm completely addicted to Warwicks. Not that it's a surprise, and most of you are too, but I ended up throwing an offer for a new bass and decided to sell my PRS to fund it. I love that guitar...but apparently not enough.

    So I've got a 2008 Streamer LX limited edition coming my way! So excited! I've always liked this model, and love the limited edition models in general. I was looking for a new 4 string, and like the $$ models for the tonal variety. But of course, the limited editions have some other cool features and unique wood choices. This one really pops and looks even more exotic than Warwicks tend to look already.

    Here's a couple pics from the eBay listing. Will post personal shots towards the end of the week when it arrives. Here's hoping it's as good as I'm hoping!
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  2. Gnermo

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    Not my favourite LTD, but really cool nevertheless!

    Got a good price for it? :)
     
  3. TechJunky

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    Previously it wasn't my favorite LTD, but wasn't my least either. However, it matches my current need very well and puts it to the top...especially since it was available. Sometimes it's hard to find the limited edition models you want.

    Got it for a price I think is good , which is all that matters to me!
     
  4. schlobodan

    schlobodan Warwick Streamer Specialist Good Vibe Sponsor

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    Killer slapper!
     
  5. Gnermo

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    It's that silly Epiphone inlay that bothers me :(
     
  6. 11080

    11080 Serbian Bassist

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    Haven't seen this limited model. Very nice surprise
     
  7. Henrythe8

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    $$ Streamer rocks. Especially this one.
     
  8. tomb68

    tomb68 Supporting Member

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    Very nice bass! It matches your couch as well. :D
     
  9. TechJunky

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    Not my couch. Those pictures are from the seller, so it matches their couch nicely. I won't have it in my hands until later this week.
     
  10. tomb68

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    The it's lucky it escaped without being sat upon.
     
  11. thefitz

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    Excellent find - this is my 2nd favourite LTD. My favourite is the 2010 Corvette NT, which has the same electronics setup. I think it's the best Warwick has ever offered.
     
  12. TechJunky

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    It's here! Haven't had much time with it, only being able to plug into a tiny, crappy battery powered guitar amp since I'm still at work, but at least I could verify that everything works. Can't wait to get it home and plug into the real amp!

    Gonna need a good bit of tweaking. Action was a bit high, so I did a quicky setup, and with the bridge and saddles dropped all the way, it still feels a wee bit high, but it's got some old, dead string on it. The (presumably original) spare Warwick EMP strings are still in the user kit, so I figure I'll throw those on and check them out since I've never used EMP's before. Eventually I'll get some DR Lo-Riders installed since that's my go-to string of choice. The saddle on the D string has a seized screw too, so I've gotta see if I can't get that loosened up a bit, otherwise I'll need to buy a replacement saddle. Aside from those issues (which aren't really issues yet, just items to correct when I get home), this thing is great! Love the neck, as I'm a fan of the chunky neck era Warwicks, and as I've come to expect from the limited editions models, the frets are impeccable.

    I love the woods on this bass too! I'm not a huge fan of the grain filler used. Can't see it from far away, but up close it just looks...unpleasant. But it's a burl, and you gotta do something. It matches well enough anyway, and I'll forget about it before long. The grain on the fretboard is beautiful though! I love tigerstripe ebony when it has some of the lighter grain as opposed to being jet black. Just adds some wonderful character.

    Here are some quick office pics. I'll take some proper pics with my other basses before too long, and provide some thoughts on the bass after I have a chance to use it for a bit. I must say though, that this bass looks much better in person than it does in photos.

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  13. TechJunky

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    Well, it took a bit more effort than intended, but I finally got it all set up the way I like it. Even with the bridge and saddles completely dropped, the action was still too high. Thankfully, this forum rocks and there's all sorts of helpful information about shimming the neck (something I've never had to do), so I went ahead and threw one of my business cards under the neck. Fixed it right up! Got it all back together, oiled the fingerboard (boy was it dry), and threw on the EMP's that came with it. I'm assuming they're 6 year old strings by the looks of the packaging, but they still have some life left in them. However, I don't think I'm going to use the full life....not a big fan. Gonna order new strings in the very near future, and that should about do it.

    Aside from the neck adjustment and unfavorable strings, this thing is GREAT! So many tone options. I guess I'm just used to instruments where, while you get different tones selecting neck to bridge pickups, never have I played one where changing the individual pickup (such as going from the front coil of the neck pickup to both coils to the rear coil of the neck pickup) has such a noticeable, drastic change. Going to take a little time to figure them all out and find their uses, but so far having both pickups selected with front (closer to the neck) coils on seems to be my favorite.

    Apologies for all the posts and pictures, but I'm just rather excited (as I always am about new bass days)! And there doesn't seem to be much information on these basses, so I like to fill in the gaps. And I also hope that when people at least skim my posts, they might find something useful, such as shimming a neck on a bolt-on bass that can't get the action quite where you want it.

    Here she is hanging in her new spot on the wall:
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    And with the rest of the crew:
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  14. donkelley

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    Nice!

    I have to say that my streamer jazzman lx5 gives drastically more varied tone than any other two pickup instrument I've used in my life. .... agreed about lots to learn. And worth every second of hard work learning ;-)

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  15. DemBoneZ

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    Id pref normal pick ups to those coloured ones, id change them if it was me haha
     
  16. Charmand G

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    Damn....that front is nice, but what a hiney! Love that white grain!
     
  17. StreamerII84

    StreamerII84 Warwick Endorser

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    Is that a wenge layer between the swamp ash back and the top? God that looks cool!
     
  18. TechJunky

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    I actually really like the wood pickup covers. Typically I would agree and prefer the standard pickups, but this was my first foray into the "Boutique-y, Coffee-table-y" bass with a really fancy top and wood pickup covers, etc. Plus, it just makes the bass that much more unique, and they are REALLY nice to play on! It's subtle, but the nice, flat, wood surface just feels so great under the fingertips. Has the wheels turning....might need to add a ramp to this bass...

    Yeah, I don't really like swamp ash all that much normally, but I'm digging it on this bass. It's got a great feel to the grain, and I agree, it just looks great. A few years ago when I first saw this model (and considered buying one at the time), I was a little off put by the mostly non-traditional Warwick woods. Now, however, I've got the other basses to fill that gap, and this one fills the gap for something different altogether.

    That would be walnut actually. Would be amazing if it were wenge, though! Sadly, there is no wenge to be found on this bass.
     
  19. schlobodan

    schlobodan Warwick Streamer Specialist Good Vibe Sponsor

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    No wenge reqired:)
    the bass is da slap bomb:)
     
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