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  • Birthday 26/05/1959

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  1. I think the OP needs to think more about exactly what it is about the Fender sound that for him doesn't deliver. Sound and tone is a personal thing. We can make suggestions, but the exploration we have to make for ourselves. I too am not a fan of Fender. To my ears the sound is mushey. The notes aren't as crisp and distinct as with a Warwick. I don't mean I'm after a crisp clang. To me that's too aggressive. So I'm not wanting a MM humbucker. In short, to me the Warwick delivers a dark solid note that I like. All I can put it down to is Warwick neck/pocket joints are tight. Fender pockets are comparatively lose fitting. With a Warwick, I can remove the screws and pick up the neck and the body comes with it. This won't happen with a Fender. You can't shim a Warwick neck without damaging the body; there's no space for the neck to tilt. I put this down to the needs of Fender's high volume production factories. When dealing with wood in a production line, Fender couldn't operate with tight tolerance necks. They simply don't have time to hand-pick, or hand shape and neck. That said I don't like new Warwick's as much as the old ones. Fender do a great job at what they do: high volume production of affordable instruments. It's their business model and long may it last, as millions of musicians want exactly that and it works. I think I'm developing expensive tastes.
  2. That "W" is more likely to stand for Wesley than for Warwick.
  3. As @NancyJohnson says, your bass looks good for fret levelling. With a setup it will take a tech about 1-2 hours. If you were here I'd be happy to do it, but there must be many good people near you. I'm sure it will play well when it's done.
  4. I have, the pointed end bit on mine gave up and got all useless after the first 35 years!! What a let down!! Not buying another iron from them! (I bought new tips and it's better than ever
  5. Hand grenade? Failing that, as I too have run out of grenades, white spirit would be my first thought.
  6. If you don't remove the neck, Nitromores can be relied on to remove some of the finish from the body. Before you do this, what are you trying to achieve? Your bass isn't an expensive one, but by removing the paint you're fairly sure to be removing half the value of the bass. So, what's the problem you're trying tp fix? If it's "sticky palm" on the neck, then this is easily fixed by breaking up the friction of the neck - rub the back of the neck with a soft, old Scotchbrite sponge. It will add small scratches and stop your palm sticking. You can then polish it with Beeswax to put the shine back on and it still won't stick. Don't EVER use Pledge of Mr Sheen - silicon "polishes" these make the bass impossible to re-finish at any later time.
  7. Hi @NancyJohnson, Great minds... The bolt-on or neck through thing is a good point. Yet something worth also adding here, is don't be tempeted to shim the neck on a Warwick. The neck pocket of a Warwick is such a good fit, you can't shim the neck at 1 end only without causing certain damage to the pocket. Please don't do this. Warwicks have a great clarity of the note. It rings clear in a way that simply doesn't happen on many other basses. This is due to the tight fit of the pocket. If there's space to tilt the neck in the pocket, without denting the shape of the wood holding the neck, then the neck/pocket was never a good fit and the sound won't have the clarity.
  8. You can do this any way you want. But be careful about what you do around the foot of the neck and the neck pocket. This bass, of course, has a bolt-on neck. so doing it is easy, but when you remove the paint/lacquer it will make the neck slimmer and the neck won't fit as snuggly in the pocket. To some folk, on some basses this will spoil the sound, as the notes get a more fuzzy, less clear/distinct sound. Maybe it doesn't matter on a Sub? It's just a possible issue to be aware of before you crack on with the Nitromores.
  9. Hi Heimrich, I'd love to see the bass. It sounds interesting. It's obviously seen some action over the years. The issue of not being able to lower the G string to touch the frets is probably a key to this. I've not watched this video, but I've seen and set up a few Warwicks. Have you dropped the bridge right to the bottom, and dropped the saddle? If this won't let the string touch the frets, then, maybe your frets are seriously worn. Please take a credit card/Drivers license/ID card etc and take the edge of this and lay the edge along the neck across 3 frets. 11, 12 & 13 will do nicely, and see if the card rocks. Try this under each of the strings. or longside them. I suspect the card will rock. This indcates there's some fret wear. This happens with bell-brass frets. If I'm right, then the frets will need to be replaced. For this take it to a good tech who won't spoil the neck by cutting the frets through the sides of the neck. One of the nice features of a Warwick is the hidden fret-ends. I have seen some people cut through the sides - this makes the re-fret job easier, but spoils the bass IMHO. I hope this is helpful. Richard
  10. Something we BCers are possibly failing to see here is, this woman whose name escapes me, moves in different circles to us. We've been considering Clapton's history of recorded work. She may, of course, be talking about his current style of playing in concert performances. After 50 odd years of playing, yes, maybe he is less innovative and exciting. But then what people book Clapton for is to see the old stuff.
  11. 😄 I've never measured output from a band.... as you've sussed.
  12. I would like to be able to help. But alas we will have to wait...
  13. My Antex soldering iron has been putting up with me for about 40 years now. Anyone want a used soldering iron? I'm thinking I should get an upgrade. I did buy some new tips for it a couple of years ago, but it'll do me well for a few more years yet.
  14. Maybe he was "being Rock n Roll" and prematurely "Punk" by saying something knowingly controversial? Or just off his head and stupid? After all, he's a guitarist, not a politician.
  15. Hmmph... go on bring jazz into it why don't you!?! Actually, just after posting I did think there's probably loads in the jazz genre. I almost revised my post but thought, "what the hell...." Not big on jazz myself, but you're right. Jeff Beck is doing good material.
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