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Posted by Zach on November 17, 2001 at 23:51:03:
In Reply to: Re: New Bass posted by phil on November 17, 2001 at 16:26:53:
Maybe it's just 'cause I'm not trying the top-of-the-line Warwick basses, and it may sound a little like I'm going against the grain, but I have never really been impressed with Warwick that much, tone-wise and construction-wise. I tried a fretless Warwick Thumb Bolt-On 5 a while back, and it had a great feel, but there wasn't much balls to the tone. I also tried a Warwick Streamer Stage II 5-string, and got the same, somewhat muddy and unimpressive tone. If you're gonna buy a bass like that, I'd recommend getting one with better electronics and a little better stability. Roscoe basses are undoubtedly the best basses I have ever played. They sport ballsy Bartolini electronics, a stable purpleheart and maple neck with graphite truss rod. Modulus is good too, as is Pedulla.
If you're looking for something under $1000, I highly recommend the Ibanez BTB 5-string. Other basses worth investigating include the following: Spector NS 5-string, Yamaha RBX series, the new Hartke WK-5, the new Ibanez EDA bass with the piezo bridge, and assorted basses from Fender, Dean, Peavey, G&L, and ESP.
Good luck with your search!
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