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- Mar 30, 2014
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So my newly purchased 1991 "Streamer Stage I" bass arrived today. It's in great condition overall, although it could use a cleaning. As you can see in the photos, it's a bit "dirty" looking.
According to the serial number, the bass was made in February of 1991. I am happy that the bass appears to be all original, including the apparently custom ordered black hardware. The black strap buttons are period correct Schallers and the black knobs are of the standard Warwick variety. The neck is straight as an arrow and the truss rod works as it should. The brass just-a-nut I looks clean (or has been cleaned) with no tarnish and the frets look hardly used with minimal wear, which makes me wonder if the frets were leveled or replaced at some point. Both the electronics compartment cover and battery cover work as they should and close tightly. Other than the black on the strap buttons being faded, all of the hardware is in great condition also with minimal wear. I really like the Gotoh tuners of this era which are precise in tuning and feel smooth when adjusted. I previously owned a '91 Streamer Stage II and the tuners felt and functioned the same. It's interesting that my old '91 SSII was made in August and by that point Warwick had already transitioned to not including a separate battery compartment, as the battery in the SSII was housed in the electronics compartment. The pickups are the standard MEC Gold (with the telltale faded logos) and there is an MEC BEC-II preamp onboard. I will try the MEC BEC-II preamp for awhile to see how I like it in this bass, as I tend to prefer an Aguilar OBP-2 preamp.
I picked up the bass late in the evening from the FedEx depot so I have not had a chance to plug it in to an amp/cab setup yet. Although it does resonate well, sounds great acoustically, and also sounded excellent through the headphone out jack of my amplifier.
I plan to have a luthier friend of mine clean it up and I will post updated photos after I have that done. Cheers!
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When I was on the road in Canada in 1990, I was on my way to buy a used motorcycle and stopped at Long and Mcquade in Toronto, where I came across my first Warwick. It was a NT thumb I believe, and it brought tears to my eyes. I had the dough in my pocket, but my guitar player talked me out of it, as the woods of northern Ontario in the winter, in back of a truck was no place for such a work of art. I have regretted it ever since. Flash forward 27 years later, and it just arrived. New to me, this 2014 SSII custom shop beauty, complete with the heaviest case ever made. It's about time.