Sound — 10
The sonic possibilities that this bass bring are varied and completely unique. While other basses have similar double humbucker designs none of them seem to be as thick or as full as this bass. Even playing through a small setup this bass is still incredibly deep and full sounding. The deep rich tones are beautifully complimented by crisp, clear but often harsh, high end. What really puts this bass over the top are the dual coil switches. When they are switched forward (toward the EQ knobs) both pickups are working in series. This produces a very bright thin tone, such as is often found in metal. When they are switched to the rear the humbuckers are split. This gives the effect of having four single coil pickups. This creates an incredibly smooth mellow sound while still marinating the integrity of the high end of the instrument. However you like your tone, vast sonic possibilities are at your disposal from the moment you plug this bass in.
Overall Impression — 9
What this bass might lack in uniqueness of design, it more than compensates for with a wide range of sonic possibilities combined with completely new, unique, thick sound. While there are some minor flaws present (mostly in the Strap Loks) they all dull in comparison to the splendor of the bass as a whole.
Reliability & Durability — 7
While swamp Ash is a fairly light and delicate wood, in the context of this bass, it is very stable and substantial feeling, without being overly heavy. In my opinion it is one of the most optimal woods for luithering. The Ovangkol neck and Wenge fretboard combination is a fairly new one. However I think that is just as solid, and may prove to be superior to the old maple and rosewood combination. The tuners on this bass are solid as a rock. They are custom made by Warwick. Probably the weakest part of the combination is the Strap Loks. The screws were literally pulling away from the body after less than 2 weeks of very light use. Beside this minor flaw, this bass is beautifully luithered to last a lifetime.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
This and all Warwick basses are beautifully made and produced. This bass is no exception to the rule. While the action is set a little bit higher than I like it, which is easily remedied. This especially thanks to the new Just-A-Nut III. This allows you to raise and lower the height of the nut without taking off the strings, and some major repairs. This reissue of the nut actually works! The finish is beautifully applied, and appears to be very solid.
Features — 9
While the Corvette Double Buck shares the Warwick family look, that's about where the similarities end. The double humbucking MEC Pickups put this instrument in a class of it's own. Those massive pickups are housed in a beautiful swamp Ash body with accompanying Ovangkol neck and Wenge fretboard. In addition to the massive pickups and beautiful workmanship, this bass also sports it's own universe of tonal controls and variances. The volume controls doubles as a push/pull mid scoop Switch. The mid scoop function is supposed to keep the edge off normally harsher slap tones. I think that mostly it robs the bass of thickness of tone. Accompanying the volume/mid scoop pot is a 3 band graphic equalizer. The treble knob seems to accentuate mostly the hard, tinny frequencies of the high end. However this is more than compensated for by the subtle genius of the mid control, and the deep roar of the bass control. To add to the sonic flexibility given by the 3 band equalizer, this bass also offers dual coil taps, one for each pickup. These open up a whole other range of sonic possibilities.