#1
To be honest, I haven't actually had a chance to play any Corvette. I've held them, and they feel nice, and I have a huge interest in Warwick basses.

I know the best thing to do would be to play the bass myself, but I can't get to Guitar Center any time soon and I'd like some opinions.

I'm a little worried about investing in a passive bass because I mostly play Mudvayne, Metallica, and Rage Against The Machine. With a passive bass, I'm worried that I'm not going to be heard as well when playing with guitarists or my tone won't be aggressive enough.

Right now I have an Ibanez SRX300, which I love... but I'm looking to upgrade to a nicer bass before I move out of my house in less than a year. The thing is, I use the bass boost quite a bit and I'm growing more and more fond of active basses, but at the same time I REALLY am interested in Warwicks and I'm not going to afford one of their active basses anytime soon.

So would a passive Warwick still have that growl and punch I'm looking for? And if I was to just buy the Ash model, do you think it'd be worth it? Or should I look into a different manufacturer?
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MASTODON
#2
If you have the budget for a brand new passive Ash Corvette, a second hand active version is within your price range.

For corvettes, I prefer Ash. The Corvette is a large body and the weight of the bubinga will get tiresome after a while from experience of my friends. I think you should get at least the passive pickup/active preamp version. You can turn off the preamp which will give you that versitility.

So those are my two cents. Hope you see you soon in the Warwick family.
#4
Well the problem is I can only really spend maybe about $850-$900. I'm not really into buying used stuff, but I guess I would if I found the right deal.

But now I'm a little confused. Which Corvettes have active preamps? I tried looking through their descriptions on Guitar Center and Musician's Friend (at least the Warwicks in my price range... or close to it) and none say anything about an active preamp. They all say passive pickups and passive electronics. I think I might be missing something?
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#5
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#6
In my opinion, I don't think a Warwick bass really lends itself to passive electronics. I think 'the Warwick sound' is very modern and owes much of itself to an active preamp. You lose a lot of detail in your tone without the active preamp. Really, you should swing for it. If you want a passive bass, get a Fender.
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#7
Are you looking for 4, 5, or 6 strings?
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#8
4 strings.

As for Fenders, I love the feel of Jazz basses, but they're just not my thing. I'm still on the fence as to whether or not I'd want to buy one.
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#9
If you could swing it, the extra money would definitely be worth it for an active warwick. Warwicks in general are beasts, but being active makes it a hundred times more aggressive (IMO).
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#10
Warwicks with j p-ups are passive if the MEC logo is silver, active if gold.
Just in case that helps...
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Warwicks with j p-ups are passive if the MEC logo is silver, active if gold.
Just in case that helps...

And they typically say 'Dynamic Range' in silver in the top left corner
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#12
i have a warrick corvette standard passive, it rocks im glad i bought it, no regrets.

my opinion go for it, or buy the active version, but there is nothing wrong with versitivity of tones (providing you're amp is half decent)
#13
Alright, thanks for the help. I'm not worried too much about the versatility... I'm more concerned about the aggressiveness of the sound.

Also, how would a B string sound with passive pick ups? I've heard that it might sound a bit poor. And can you buy active Corvettes with ash bodies? All the ones I've seen are bubinga.
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#14
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Alright, thanks for the help. I'm not worried too much about the versatility... I'm more concerned about the aggressiveness of the sound.

Also, how would a B string sound with passive pick ups? I've heard that it might sound a bit poor. And can you buy active Corvettes with ash bodies? All the ones I've seen are bubinga.


B string would sound better with active pups, as it can get an extra boost before hitting the amp. Don't worry about them. I've tried a fair few warwick 5 strings (see sig for exact one I want) and the B string has always been firm and punchy.

And the active preamp is not much more expensive, just ask your local shop to order one in for you to try to see the difference.

And they mostly come on bubinga models as bubinga comes with it as standard I believe (i.e. it is an option to remove it, rather than to have one installed, if you get me).

And bubinga is a fantastic wood. Don't let the weight put you off its (more awesome than ash) tone .
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Those Warwicks growl like the cursing of a wounded pirate, and the more rum you have the more growling it becomes.
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#17
Well I'm looking at the ash model... it's like $850 for the 4 string. Isn't the active model close to $1300?
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#18
Is used not an option?
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Well I'm looking at the ash model... it's like $850 for the 4 string. Isn't the active model close to $1300?

Yarrr it be nearing on the scarier side of things. Get yer crew and take over the shop's what i say.

YARGHHH

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#20
Ye'll be needin' plenty of gold lad!

But I be ownin' an active ash Corvette, and it sings like a wench dosed on rum!

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#21
yarrrr try before ye buy, that be a lot o' gold to be spending on a bass ye haven't even tried yet.
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#22
I'll definately try it.

I do have a question about active preamps though. If you don't use the bass or treble boost/cut what have you, would you get the general sound of a passive bass, or does the preamp do something more for the sound?
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#23
The preamp adds for 'kick' to the sound. However, corvettes with an active preamp have an active/passive switch (push pull pot on the volume pot) so you can be active or passive
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#24
Well I'm still fascinated by Warwicks, but they honestly might be too much for me in terms of price, unless I can find the right used deal.

Would I be better off trying to find an active bass for around $700 (or maybe even a Rockbass, but I'm not a fan of lower-grade companies like that) or stick with a passive Corvette?
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#25
Or, save the extra $100 or so for an active preamp (you can get ash actives) rather than rush and miss out.
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#26
Alright, how would I go about finding an ash active? All the online sites only have bubinga and the like. My local GC only stocks passive ash Corvettes and $$s... I just haven't seen them anywhere.
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#27
I personally like the tone on the ash corvettes.
It's different to bubinga. but I wouldn't say it's worse.
Corvette $$ sound nice, but I'd rather have a jazzman...
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