#1
So for anyone that doesn't follow NAMM (I don't follow it as much as I should), Warwick just anounced two new basses, with some very different factory setups.

The Taranis: http://www.warwickbass.com/news/104.htm
Looks like a corvette FNA Jazzman at first sight, but once you get down to it, it's an all passive bass (fairly rare for Warwick). But that isn't the biggest surprise. The 4 string version of this beast comes factory tuned and setup to BEAD. Since when do companies do that?

And their other new model-

The Vampyre Bolt on "Dark Lord": http://www.warwickbass.com/news/107.htm

Now this bass is confusing me a little bit, namely because it sounds to obscure to become a factory production bass, but no where on the information does it say it is going to have a limited run.

The biggest thing about this bass is once again, the factory standard tuning.
F# B E A

Thats right. F# B E A.

What?! Sure it has a 35" scale neck, but a low F#? there is no way this bass (if it is a production model) is going to be able to sell. It's way to impractical. There is also no mention of a 5 string model (Assuming the 5 string would be F# B E A D)

Prices have yet to be released (that I can find) for either bass. Thoughts?
#2
yum, metal basses.

but really, i don't like that vampyre
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#4
the first one when i clicked the link, i read it as "all hail trannies".
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#7
My guess is they are both going to be close if not over $2,000, simply because of the factory tunings. They require a whole new production line.

I doubt that they'll transfer them over to Rockbass form, but you never know whats going to happen.
#8
ugh. i hate the shape of vampires..


and i agree. anything tuned lower A. is a tad extreme.. (drop A being used on 5 string or seven string guitar)
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#9
i love the way the taranis looks, i'd buy one if it wasn't BEAD. that's just plain silly.
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#10
These tuning seem to be a sales gimmick. It makes me not want to get one though, because I use my G string too much. The Taranis looks nice, but nothing incredibly amazing or extremely different from the other Warwicks.
#11
I don't see the problem with a F# string. Anything lower is probobly near to inaudable anyways.
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#12
They're clearly aiming to take advantage of the whole drop-tuned metal thing going off at the moment.

And yeah, Vampyres are ugly.
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#13
I like 'em in idea.

I'll probably hate how they sound and play (Not a Warwick fan) but I gotta give it to them, it's something different and cool.
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#14
Interesting idea, but they'll fail once the novelty of it ends.

And good luck finding replacement strings for that Dark Lord.
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