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Warwick FNA Jazzman 5 String Bass   

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Its bookmatched AA flamed maple top, swamp ash back, and Corvette bodyline make this an appealing bass to look at. Its MEC humbucking pickup and Bass...Click To Read More About This Product

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Eye-catching, and ear-catching.

Its bookmatched AA flamed maple top, swamp ash back, and Corvette bodyline make this an appealing bass to look at. Its MEC humbucking pickup and Basslines preamp give it ear-captivating sound. The neck is 3-piece ovangkol with a wenge fingerboard. The pickup is a massive MEC MM humbucker with Basslines 3-band active electronics. Gold hardware. Deluxe gig bag

FEATURES
  • Swamp ash body
  • Bookmatched AA flamed maple top
  • Corvette body design
  • 3-piec ovangkol neck
  • Wenge fingerboard
  • MEC MM humbucking pickup
  • Basslines 3-band active electronics
  • Gold hardware
  • Includes deluxe gig bag
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4.7

(based on 19 reviews)

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Warwick FNA JazzMan

I've only had this for a few days, gigged it twice, spent a lotta time on setup, new strings, etc.It's really hard to get a good setup, and I've been experimenting with...Read complete review

I've only had this for a few days, gigged it twice, spent a lotta time on setup, new strings, etc.It's really hard to get a good setup, and I've been experimenting with the adjustable string spacing cuz the spacing is closer than anything else I play, but something about this ax makes me wanna get it right and make it a keeper. The adjustable nut is also helpful for tuning out the fret klank. Without it, I'm sure I'd have ruined a couple of nuts tweaking this thing.I think one of the things that makes set up tricky is that even the slightest fret klank gets exaggerated by the massive neck and brass frets. IOW, I hafta do even better setup than typical for other basses.Even with a 5-string neck built like fence post, the bass is well balanced, and about the same weight as other typical 5-strings. Getting used to a neck that feels almost as thick as it is wide, thaz gonna take time, but I'm sure that massive piece of tree is part of the big sound of this bass.Mine has the MEC active EQ and I find it easy to get a number of useful tones. The neck PU seems to lack bottom. I have other top shelf basses with the same basic PU config, and they deliver what I expect of a neck PU. This one lacks that heavy deep tone. The MM-type humbucker is splittable, and as good as any OEM PU of this type, maybe better.You can choose series or parallel for the humbucker, but this has no effect on the neck J-PU. So the more neck PU you dial in, the less effect is heard from ser/par switch. You can also get single coils running neck and bridge, like a J-bass, altho I haven't found that very useful. It's a kinda punky tone. You're running a 'large-pole' SC at the bridge and a 'small-pairs' J-PU at the neck, so the main job of the neck PU seems to be hum cancelling for the fat SC at the bridge.It's all about the bridge PU, so essentially this is a MM-type bass, and in that genre, it does very well, but so do its competitors, some of which are more affordable by $1000. Each player would hafta decide for themselves whether they're getting something worth the difference. I've only had it several days, so I can say for sure.

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I used to own this bass along with a couple other Warwicks. Here's why I rated it the way I did. First of all, the MEC pickups are so-so. Not what I expected...Read complete review

I used to own this bass along with a couple other Warwicks. Here's why I rated it the way I did. First of all, the MEC pickups are so-so. Not what I expected from a bass in this price range. The EQ was limited in range, and the pots started to sound scratchy about a month after I got it. I was going to change the electronics and pickups out to some Duncans until the major problem started. The major problem was that the neck (2 piece) started to split at the joint where the 2 pieces were joined. It started at the headstock. I did NOT subject this bass to any abuse or drastic climate changes. This was the 2nd Warwick I've had that did this exact same thing.

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(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Beautiful but.....

By Morgan-l.XcI

from Winston-Salem, NC

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This thing is one of the best looking basses I've ever seen. I picked it up and plugged it into an Ampeg stack. I expected a killer sound but the fret buzz was so bad there was no way to play it. I've also found the same problem with the $$ 5 string. The same day I played the Corvette Standard Fretless which was perfect. I don't know why people rave over Warwick 5 strings because any of them I've played are terrible with fret buzz and some of the worst playability. It didn't sound all that good either, way overpriced too. The only good thing about this bass is the finish.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Warwick 'n' Great

By ~~~JJ~~~

from waterbury,conncecticut

This Warwick is great also the low B it picks up the low frequency great. The Bass it is a nice bass. It amazed me when I first Played It. Literally, no other bass can be better than this Warwick.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Warwick FNA JazzMan

By Golem

from Troy, NY

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I've only had this for a few days, gigged it twice, spent a lotta time on setup, new strings, etc.It's really hard to get a good setup, and I've been experimenting with the adjustable string spacing cuz the spacing is closer than anything else I play, but something about this ax makes me wanna get it right and make it a keeper. The adjustable nut is also helpful for tuning out the fret klank. Without it, I'm sure I'd have ruined a couple of nuts tweaking this thing.I think one of the things that makes set up tricky is that even the slightest fret klank gets exaggerated by the massive neck and brass frets. IOW, I hafta do even better setup than typical for other basses.Even with a 5-string neck built like fence post, the bass is well balanced, and about the same weight as other typical 5-strings. Getting used to a neck that feels almost as thick as it is wide, thaz gonna take time, but I'm sure that massive piece of tree is part of the big sound of this bass.Mine has the MEC active EQ and I find it easy to get a number of useful tones. The neck PU seems to lack bottom. I have other top shelf basses with the same basic PU config, and they deliver what I expect of a neck PU. This one lacks that heavy deep tone. The MM-type humbucker is splittable, and as good as any OEM PU of this type, maybe better.You can choose series or parallel for the humbucker, but this has no effect on the neck J-PU. So the more neck PU you dial in, the less effect is heard from ser/par switch. You can also get single coils running neck and bridge, like a J-bass, altho I haven't found that very useful. It's a kinda punky tone. You're running a 'large-pole' SC at the bridge and a 'small-pairs' J-PU at the neck, so the main job of the neck PU seems to be hum cancelling for the fat SC at the bridge.It's all about the bridge PU, so essentially this is a MM-type bass, and in that genre, it does very well, but so do its competitors, some of which are more affordable by $1000. Each player would hafta decide for themselves whether they're getting something worth the difference. I've only had it several days, so I can say for sure.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Review

By 2YR.Gg83j

from Norfolk, VA

I used to own this bass along with a couple other Warwicks. Here's why I rated it the way I did. First of all, the MEC pickups are so-so. Not what I expected from a bass in this price range. The EQ was limited in range, and the pots started to sound scratchy about a month after I got it. I was going to change the electronics and pickups out to some Duncans until the major problem started. The major problem was that the neck (2 piece) started to split at the joint where the 2 pieces were joined. It started at the headstock. I did NOT subject this bass to any abuse or drastic climate changes. This was the 2nd Warwick I've had that did this exact same thing.

 
5.0

One step below the Streamer Jazzman

By Damien Ferreira

from Montréal, qc, Canada

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Hi, I'm a student in a excellent musical school in montral and I was searching for the ideal jazz bass I could find. I Finally got to choose between: Spector, Warwick, Fender and Modulus. I kind of picked Warwick not because it's affordable :p but because it's high end gear, it's reliable and sound excellent. The the jazzman pick out my attention, the streamer is maybe better but too expensive for me. So I got to take this one wich actually has the same pickup configurations (wich sounds really good). I got it from ebay and I must say I was anxious about how it was going to sound but now I'm really happy with it. Everyone compliments my tone and this bass is all about that, Tone. With the passive/active push/pull knob for the eq it's just amazing how many different tones you can get. I've got this bass coupled with a bass podxt live and it's sound amazing. Best bass you can find for jazz. Fender sounds pale in comparaison :p

 
5.0

It is Amazing

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I have only had this bass for six months and this bass is well worth it. I play in a christian rock band called Exitus and everyone loves it. It is great for any style of music. The sound is one of the best out there. It is a beutiful bass.

 
5.0

The Jazzman

By Webberdean

from Illinois

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This is a very solid bass, with awesome features, and a very powerful and versital tone.

 
5.0

Best I've Played

By Ralph-..AAu

from Chicago, IL

I've owned this bass and gigged it for about 6 months and it never ceases to amaze me. The incredible woody tone, its evenness from string to string, its B string clarity and tight, growly punch... this bass just does everything so well. I've never played anything I like better, not Pedulla, not Lakland, not even the Stage II suited my needs better. This just bass is just simply oustanding in every way.

 
5.0

One Great Axe!!

By Spider Man 5

from NORTHFIELD, NJ

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I had been looking for a good quality 5-string bass that could handle any gig from R&B to Jazz to Funk. This one met all of my needs and more.

 
5.0

Best Bass on the 5 sting market!!!

By I <3 WARWICKS

from Long Island, NY

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I have been looking for a 5 string that suited my needs. This is the one!!!!!!!!! Blows the competion out of the water. I looked at everything from Musicmans to Lakelands to Spector and even other warwicks and this FNA Jazzman was the cream off the crop. Beautiful neck sweet body and plays like a bat out of hell. Warm sound and endless tonal possibilities with the active pass mode. they really broke the mold with this bass. Worth ever Penny!!!!

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