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  1. [quote name='Roland Rock' timestamp='1382089833' post='2247688'] Yeah, the tuners lack sophistication somewhat. What's that kind of gauze bit below the bridge? [/quote] The tuners are a major design flaw - put the bass down without its special stand and, at the least it will go out of tune, but more likely you will bend/break the tuners. It's no surprise to find that this was one of the first Warwick designs and that the designer did not play bass. The "gauze" beneath the bridge is the residue of the glue that would have held a plate with the serial number on: [URL=http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-YO7WVK7V-D.jpg][IMG]http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-YO7WVK7V-D.jpg[/IMG][/URL] http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-YO7WVK7V-D.jpg
  2. [quote name='gareth' timestamp='1382098514' post='2247897'] when you do this do you find that there is a difference in volume levels between the two settings? [/quote] Well, yes and no. I'm using the bass-cut when strumming 4, 5 or 6 strings, in which case the overall volume would otherwise be higher. And then I'm switching off the bass-cut when I am just playing a single bass string. So actually the switch serves to equalize the volume between these two playing modes.
  3. [quote name='gareth' timestamp='1382036173' post='2247117'] Ok I got one of these today courtesy of ash (thanks very much and a very nice bloke to deal with ) but tell me what does the Bass-Cut "Strangle" Circuit do - it seems to make it more like a baritone in tone but boy does the volume drop when using this [/quote] I'm finding it useful when I want to strum some big chords - hitting the bass-cut switch stops it getting too muddy. But then I flick it back for single-note runs on the bass strings. Admittedly, at first it did seem like a setting I would never want to use ...
  4. [quote name='discreet' timestamp='1381691557' post='2242470'] That's good to know. Because my Spanish lottery winner's cheque hasn't arrived yet. [size=4]Sent them all my details and everything. Maybe it's been lost in the post. [/size] [/quote] No, it's ok, they sent it to me by mistake. Just tell me your bank details, PIN number etc, and I'll forward you the money.
  5. [quote name='Mr. Foxen' timestamp='1381753635' post='2243124'] .... If its a Gibson guitar, they are designed to have the headstock break off (must be, ... [/quote] LOL!
  6. [quote name='Billy Apple' timestamp='1381620740' post='2241605'] I was wrong. Was back in Wunjo and the head-stock is definitely carved (ran my fingers over and everything). Apologies for any offence caused, but it is hard to tell 'cos it's all black, like! [/quote] No probs mate!
  7. [quote name='Billy Apple' timestamp='1381169248' post='2235357'] I don't think it is you know. When I saw one the other day It was just painted on the headstock. Might be wrong tho, But I'm sure it was [/quote] I've not seen one in the flesh, so I could be wrong; it may be something they've changed from the originals, so as to save costs. But the Fender site for the Modern Player version talks of the "distinctively curvaceous" headstock, and at least one of the photos it shows seems to clearly show the German carve that the originals used to have. And the video review of it that Nevada put up on YouTube shows the headstock quite clearly and ... it definitely has a slight carve.
  8. [quote name='Musicman20' timestamp='1381161920' post='2235195'] Black paint under varnish from what I can tell. [/quote] It may be black paint, but it's on a carved-away portion of the headstock, a little like the contouring on a Firebird headstock. Google for some images from different angles and you'll see what I mean. Edit: like this one: http://img406.imageshack.us/img406/2750/patental6.gif
  9. If it's the old-style Rockbass (distinguished by having a 1-piece bridge), then it's overpriced, and £200-250 is probably more like it. If it's the new-style (with a 2-piece bridge), then it's probably on the high side but basically ok. Having said that, they're fairly rare, so if you find the right buyer, you might get more money. But either way, I don't think it's going to be worth buying just to flog on.
  10. Mine finally turned up on Thursday, and I finally re-strung it baritone A-A today and have had a whole load of fun with it. The nut looked a mess, and I've had to do lots of tweaks to suppress buzzes and rattles, and the overall finish had lots of flaws ... but, hey, it was cheap and it's fun. I'm happy!
  11. Wow! That is an amazing bunch of basses! I bet they get lots of comments when you gig them.
  12. [quote name='Conan' timestamp='1378987362' post='2207358'] Funny, I've never thought of strings as an investment... [/quote] I don't think even TIs rank as an investment, but they're something you can safely buy in the knowledge that if you don't get on with them, then you can sell them on without too much hassle. Mind you, there ought to be a thriving market in well-used TIs, with a high mark-up compared with the new price, since they sound so much better.
  13. [quote name='barkin' timestamp='1379071228' post='2208331'] ...What I don't quite get though, is what they do with the reviews. Are they actually visible on the website anywhere ? [/quote] They say they are, but I've never been able to find them! They must be building up a secret dossier somewhere.
  14. [quote name='yorks5stringer' timestamp='1379026546' post='2208029'] Sure I've never had to pay this before so yes, it's MasterCard rather than Thomann I need to moan about. Good tip re the review, will do it now! [/quote] I had exactly the same experience. It's not a large fee, but it's annoying, and definitely a new "innovation" from our beloved banks. But yes, do review the bass, and anything else you've bought lately - I just got a free iRig and ampstand, paid for by the reviews I put up there.
  15. I adore TIs, but they are real marmite strings, so I'm not surprised to hear you reacted so strongly against them. I'd definitely agree that you should try them before investing in a set. Having said that, the resale value of TIs must be higher than just about any other strings!
  16. [quote name='gemdids' timestamp='1377873533' post='2193101'] Good things come to those who wait. [/quote] That's what my mum told me forty odd years ago, and I'm still waiting.
  17. I ordered mine in late July and was told it'd come late August. Now they're saying late September. A bit frustrating, but that's life.
  18. When CBS sold Fender the sale didn't include the factory, so the team that bought the company (based on Fender Japan) did not have the facilities to produce any instruments in the US. So for around a year (1985ish) there were NO Fenders produced in America - they were all produced in Japan. After that they set up a factory in the States and I think the American Standard range dates from that re-birth.
  19. [quote name='neepheid' timestamp='1377522316' post='2188413'] It does not automatically follow that active bass == high output. Are you plugging it into the "Active" input on your amp, or engaging an active signal pad via a switch? Try using the "Passive" input or not engaging the Active switch. Of course, if your amp doesn't have either of these facilities then never mind! [/quote] +1 on is. Don't use the "active" input unless you've got some clipping you want to get rid of. But the suggestion about raising the pickups is also a good one - that can make a big difference.
  20. From this post it looks as if it is still alive: http://basschat.co.uk/topic/214343-warwick-bass-rep-lurking-on-basschat/page__view__findpost__p__2187647
  21. I don't know anything about the SR405 but, yes, if the pickups are passive, then you could just take the preamp out. You could probably jury rig a temporary output from one of the pickups direct to a jack, and then you could see if the output is likely to be higher passive than active. I'd definitely do that before doing any proper change. Generally speaking the passive output shouldn't be higher than the active - typically actives should provide a hotter signal . But there are plenty of counter-examples, so it's worth testing.
  22. [quote name='Evil Undead' timestamp='1376941818' post='2181348'] ... Cheers guys. I'm sure it will be fine, but bad experiences really sit with a person... I'm sure we've all been there. Is there any way I can tell just by looking at it whether the truss rod will be all good or not? [/quote] You have to learn from experience, but don't ask me how to do that without getting jaded and embittered... I don't believe there is any way to tell if the truss rod is ok or not without trying to adjust it. But if the bass is tuned to pitch, with usable strings on, and has a playable action, then you should be ok. (In that you should be able to play the bass even if the rod turns out to be impossible to adjust). Is there a basschatter who could accompany you when you pick the bass up, to make you feel more comfortable? Where is the pickup?
  23. [quote name='BigRedX' timestamp='1376846044' post='2179867'] I'm surprised considering how many of us on here have just taken advantage of the bargain prices on Thomann that I'm the first to post photos of my MiK Pro Series Star Bass: .... [/quote] I put a post up in the Bass Guitars section, but here's a pic so we can compare 4 against 5 and fretless against fretted. Sadly there's no question whose photos are better, or who looks better with the bass. [IMG]http://basschat.co.uk/uploads/monthly_08_2013/post-10251-0-93595400-1375564643.jpg[/IMG]
  24. [quote name='apa' timestamp='1376307090' post='2171866']... This now also means that Wizard Pickups have become a finite element. ... [/quote] Quite appropriate in SW Wales; I wonder if he had any connection with Zinkiewicz.* Anyway, as a satisfied Wizard customer, I'm sad the company is no more, but pleased for Andy - sounds like a wonderful retirement plan. * This is my bid for the record for the most obscure joke on basschat.
  25. [quote name='warwickhunt' timestamp='1376295214' post='2171699'] Yep... for 5 years! [/quote] And only 7 posts? Lazy git. Ok, I'll put the champagne back in the fridge ...
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