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=The Warwick Streamer Club=

Discussion in 'Bass Guitars' started by FunkyMan, Apr 1, 2008.

  1. DiMarco

    DiMarco nutcase Good Vibe Sponsor

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    I want peacock hardware that changes colour under different angles tbh. But the gold on my Dolphin also looks great with the dark wood.

    That Streamer looks awesome with any hadware, the woodgrain is the eyecatcher.
     
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    I must say, I love the look of gold hardware on some basses, but the problems I have had with corrosion on gold hardware, here in very humid central Florida, has caused me to seriously consider joining the "Say No to Gold Hardware Committee". I think black, chrome, and satin are much more durable. I have a few Warwick's with satin hardware, and I really like the way it looks and holds up. I don't know why the factories don't use it more.

    The satin hardware on this '89 Dolphin still looks great!
    (I don't have a Streamer with satin, so just pretend it's a Streamer ;))

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  3. Nachobassman

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    Haha

    Welcome the the committee. :)
     
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    I have just got hold of a SS1 NT5 from 1990 with Bartolini pickups. It’s a wide neck. I’m considering swapping the pickups with something else, may also change the internal amp in same run. Any one done the same?
     

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    Congrats on the Streamer @Steel , Beauty!

    Lots of people have switched out electronics. Just depends on what sound you're going for. Only thing to keep in mind is if you have to/want to switch out the posts, many times they won't fit the default Warwick knobs. Just something to think about.

    And welcome to forum :)
     
  6. Steel

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    Tanks for info, yes it’s a beauty and a solid, very well made bass. Love playing it.
    Sound, not sure, just feels there’s something missing. I have a NT5 Thumb with its characteristic sound, a Nobby, love the sound of it, but maybe my Sandberg with a Jazz and a humb Delano pickups is closest to what I want. But, it has to fit into the existing pickup locations....!
     
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  7. Mr.bassie720

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    Hello my Warwick playing brethren.

    Need help/advise. I just bought a 1992 Streamer. I don’t know it’s history, but this is what’s going on.
    The playability and unplugged tone are absolutely wonderful.
    Plugged in, the sound is brittle.
    EMG P/Js With MEC 2 band preamp.
    I believe I’ve figured out why it sounds brittle and harsh and thin. There is a 500k pot on the volume.

    Shouldn’t it be a 25k pot on the volume?

    I found a diagram that does indeed show the MEC pot as being 500k

    Anyone have any thoughts as to why this should be?

    All help and insight is truly appreciated
     
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  8. bassment73

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    Hi Mr bassie

    That all sounds like it's wired as it should be. Definitely a 500k volume pot. None of my streamers have ever sounded brittle and thin though. First thing I'd do is make sure there's a fresh battery. Old batteries can make active circuits sound weak and distorted. Secondly active pickups like EMGs and gold MECs need to have the pickup heights quite high (close to strings) as active pickups have weak magnets compared to passive pickups. Most of the gain comes from built-in preamps in the pickups. FYI I have my Streamer pickups set as: with all strings fretted at last fret, distance from top of pickup to bottom of string. Split P pickup: E string 5/32", A string 5/32", D string 4/32", G string 4/32". J pickup bass side 3/32", treble side 2/32". Action wise my string heights measured at 17th fret are E string 3/32", G string 2.5/32" (2mm) with all other strings generally following the fretboard radius in between.

    Not sure if this will help you, but maybe worth a try. In my experience Streamers are far from weak sounding - very punchy and powerful.

    Let us know how you get on.

    Keith
     
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  9. Mr.bassie720

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    Thanks so much Keith. Truly appreciated. I will make the adjustments and let you guys know.
     
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    Keith, I adjusted the pickup height per your recommendations. It made a gigantic difference. It’s very usable now. Still a little too much treble for my liking, but it’s worlds away from where it was. I might experiment with a 100k pot. 500k is just a little extreme.
    Thanks, your advise saved the day!
     
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    Great, glad it's helped. Yes those pickups can be a little hi-fi sounding if you're more used to passive pickups, but the active treble EQ should help there with a bit of cut.
     
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