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        Warwick

        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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        3.0

        Beautiful but.....

        By Morgan-l.XcI

        from Winston-Salem, NC

        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.

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        4.0

        Warwick FNA JazzMan

        By Golem

        from Troy, NY

        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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        5.0

        OUTSTANDING BASS!!!

        By Mcdavis10

        from Lancaster, CA

        Sound: I had been using this bass for about 2 years, and each time I play it, I love it.The sound is crispy, punchy, low end, it?s just awesome. The electronic is very quiet and responds to any change, you can get a wide range of tones. I use XL Strings, gauges; .40 .60 .80 .95 .125, and it sounds like the gods of Olympus.Playability:The FNA Jazzman has a great action; the neck feels a little bit heavy and thick, it took me a while to feel comfortable with it, but as soon as you get familiar with it this bass offers a delighted experience.Quality:This bass it is just beautiful, eye-catching!.Everything it?s perfect in this bass from; electronics, woods, hardware and finishes, the only problem in this bass and in others Warwick?s either, it?s the truss rod, it is a little difficult to set it up.Overall:I was a Kent Smith bass fan, but since I have the FNA Jazzman this became my favorite bass, I really love the Warwick growl, I highly recommend this bass for any serious musician, it worth every penny you?ll spend for.

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        5.0

        If you can afford it buy it now!

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        I've been playing this bass on the road for the last 4 years averaging 8-10 gigs a month and I don't have a single complaint. The tonal options are awesome, everything from a P-bass to a musicman to a Jazz. Tuning holds great. My bass travelled from Copenhagen to Anchorage over two days and when I took it out it was perfectly in tune still! Construction is great and it's a beautiful bass. Always getting compliments on how pretty it is.

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        5.0

        This is one SWEEEEEEEET Bass!!!

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Not only does she look pretty, she will NEVER disappoint!!!!!!! The most versatile bass you can get for the price.I am in a band, and my Warwick lays down some pretty sweet licks

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        5.0

        JazzMan is the ultimate bass

        By jazzcore

        from São Paulo - Brasil

        I play soul-funk-jazz-fusion for a living, so I had a dream of a versatile 5 string bass that can growl like a fender jazz bass in bridge position, have the vintage passive vibe of a Fender precision bass in neck position, have a balanced B string like a Tobias, and can go modern/active to vintage/passive in a matter of a button clik. My dream come true, it calls Warwick Jazzman FNA 5 Strings... THX Warwick!

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        5.0

        Love at first sound

        By ptybasshead

        from Panama, Panama

        I was shopping for a 5 string mid budget bass and tried out a lot of brands even other more expensive Warwick models, but when I got my hands on this piece of artwork, I couldn't let it down. I had to buy it, besides the fact that it was way over the budget I had planed to spend. Fist impression was, the neck is a bit thick, but it took me only one day of practice to get used to. The sound was impressive. I play diferent music styles, from Rock, Pop, Funk to Latin Salsa music and found all the sounds I needed in one well balanced bass, althoug a bit heavey. The electronic is very quiet and usefull in the real world, no funny or strange sounds. If you don't have the money to buy this bass, save untill you can, its worth the effort.

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        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.

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        5.0

        One step below the Streamer Jazzman

        By Damien Ferreira

        from Montréal, qc, Canada

        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

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        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.

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