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Warwick RockBass Corvette $$ 5-String Electric Bass   (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

A wild 5-string with Warwick's notorious pickup and electronics package.

The 5-string Warwick Corvette Rockbass $$ Electric Bass gets its outrageous attitude and powerful identity from its unique pickup and electronics package. The bass has 2 passive MEC humbucker pickups nestled closely in the center of the body, completely covering the legendary sweet spot that so many basses miss completely.

But the Rockbass is a beast that has a sensitive side too. Access the Corvette bass' versatile tones via 2 Volume controls (Push/Pull for pickup splitting) and 1 Tone control to give the Warwick Corvette $$ more flexibility.

If you look beyond the electronics you will see that the 5-string Corvette $$ Bass offers some of Warwick's most valued components. A select ash body for warmth and snap and a maple neck for strength and growl-all these elements blend beautifully in the Corvette Rockbass $$ to create the perfect performance palette for you and your bass-playing passion.

FEATURES
  • Bolt-on
  • 5-string
  • Chinese Ash body
  • Maple neck with Ekanga veneers
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Scale length: 34" (long scale)
  • 24 frets
  • Fingerboard radius: 5-string = 500 mm (20")
  • 2 Passive MEC MM-Style pickups
  • Passive electronics
  • 2x Volume (Push/Pull for pickup splitting), 1 x Tone control
  • Patented Easy Access electronics compartment
  • Black High Polish
  • Warwick machine heads
  • Warwick two-piece bridge
  • Warwick security locks
  • Chrome hardware

A wild beast of a bass—terrify your bandmates with its power, and savor its tonal capabilities.

SPECIFICATIONS

RockBass Corvette $$ 5-String Electric Bass

  • 34" (long scale)
  • 24 frets
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WarwickRockBass Corvette $$ 5-String Electric Bass
 
4.3

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (5)
  • Good pick up (5)
  • Good tone (5)
  • Fun to play (4)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (4)
  • Jamming (3)
  • Small venues (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Tone and Feel. L O V E this bass!

I typically don't write reviews, but I just read a review of this bass that was just so far off of my experience, that I was compelled to share my very positive...Read complete review

I typically don't write reviews, but I just read a review of this bass that was just so far off of my experience, that I was compelled to share my very positive thoughts.

My History and Bass Search: I have played guitar and drums in several projects over the years. A year ago, I found myself in the position of moving to bass for a side project. As this was not my primary gig, I did not necessarily want to shell out $1500 on an entry level, top end bass. So I looked on line and found a Warwick 5 string $$ Rockbass, which I purchased. It was a great decision and it played amazingly well with just a simple set up. I had tried out pretty much everything out there in this price range; all of which left me feeling like I was going to have to break down and dump that $1500 on something decent. Not this bass. From the moment I picked it up, it just felt right.

"It's too heavy...." Some say "it's too heavy"...It feels just right for me. Even if it was a bit heavy, I would gladly sacrifice the luxury of a lighter bass for the tone of the Rockbass $$ any day, hands down. I've gone through epic practice sessions and hour long sets without any fatigue. Man up and hit the gym every once in a while, whiners! :D

Observations: The neck is quite big and C shaped. I do have big hands so this is not a problem for me but guys with smaller hands may find their hands getting tired. If anything, this would be more of an issue to most than the weight of the bass itself. If you have an opprotunity to check one out in the flesh.....do it to see if it fits you.

Deep Tone: The tone is very warm and is capable of the growl which Warwick is so known for. I've played quite a few shows over the past months and always receive the best compliments on my sound.

Overall Build: Bridge, nut, and tuners all have a good quality feel to them and adjustments are very easy to zero-in on. My bass came with Warwick straplocks which worked perfectly. These also work with the Dunlop straplocks, just FYI. I use the same strap for my guitars which have Dunlops installed. They lock perfectly.

At the end of the day, I would definitely buy another Warwick Rockbass and actually have my eye on a nice fretless as I type this review.

Cheers all.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Play it first.....

Love the tone! very versatile and sounds good out of any setup. Thats where it stops. Had to re-solder the innards 4 TIMES! Input kept falling out and tearing wires. The way...Read complete review

Love the tone! very versatile and sounds good out of any setup. Thats where it stops. Had to re-solder the innards 4 TIMES! Input kept falling out and tearing wires. The way its put together is pathetic. I needed a bass for a gig when my BTB was out of commission, researched it but couldn't find one anywhere so I ordered it (based on reviews) and had it delivered next day. It's way too small for me, and too light. Its pretty good for finger picking and double thumbing is a breeze on it, but still its way too small. I really wish I could have played it first or I would have never bought it. All in all, its a solid sounding bass and could be fun to play if you like small instruments. I can't recommend due to the quality. Also, if you do buy it, purchase it with a set of strings, Warwick strings are worse than death.

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5.0

Solid Bass!

By 

from Tucson, AZ

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone

Cons

  • Loose Pots

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Small Venues

Comments about Warwick RockBass Corvette $ 5-String Electric Bass:

This is the fourth bass I've owned, and I am quite satisfied with it. My one complaint with it is that the pots are loose and don't have a center detente. But that's nothing that new pots and a soldering iron won't fix so I'm not bothered by it. I also bought it used; it could be a singularity but other people have had some trouble with the electronics. But this thing is passive and re soldering it is a walk in the park.
I absolutely love the tone variety that I can get from this bass. With new strings on and on a bridge heavy tone you can coax out that signature Warwick growl using fingers or a pick; both sound good. It isn't a one trick pony though, if panned onto the neck you can get a nice fat sound that is sufficiently toned down but not so much so that you get lost in the mix. If you have both pickups at a similar level, you get a good balance of tone. I vastly prefer the placement of the pickups so you get a more ballsy sound than from something like my Schecter Stiletto. I also like that a tone knob is used instead of an onboard EQ- it's simpler but just as versatile especially when still figuring out the tone that you like.
I put Power Slinkys on as soon as I got it and they work great. I play through a Hartke LH500 into a 1x15 cab, the only effects I use are a Xotic RC booster and an MxR comp. I love both, the comp is an always on pedal for me and the RC booster really brings this thing to life and gives it a little extra body and oomph so you really cut through the mix. I haven't tried this thing with distortion yet, so I can't speak to that if that's something you're looking into. This thing really can do just about anything; I played it in church and the sound guy loved it and I play hard rock/ metal tunes for fun at home and it rocks for both.
Word of warning though, if you're used to covered pickups the open magnets may throw you if you're used to plucking pretty hard (guilty).
Bottom line, if you want a versatile bass that tends toward an aggressive tone, buy this. Try and find one used, it's a much better deal. I don't know that I would've bought this at the new price. I would advise playing one in person first; I picked up a Warwick at a store a few years ago and didn't like it but then picked this one up recently in store and loved it. So it isn't for everyone. But for the price, the tones you get from this thing are real hard to beat, even if you buy new.

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5.0

Slap happy bass

By 

from Kansas City Mo

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Warwick RockBass Corvette $ 5-String Electric Bass:

    This is the best bass I have ever owned. Out of the box there was a little fret buzz on the g string at the 12 fret. But this bass is adjustable in every way. So no big deal. I have wanted a warwick for years, and they defiantly live up to their standards. Great slap tone, awesome growl, and all around the best bass for the price.

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    5.0

    Good pairing

    By 

    from Washington State

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    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Warwick RockBass Corvette $ 5-String Electric Bass:

        I have paired it with a Roland Bass Cube and a GR-55 adapter ... no problem getting whatever sound I want out of it. This pairing gives me all the Bass option I desire ... and I like it.

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        (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Play it first.....

        By 

        from USA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Great Tone

        Cons

        • Horrible Build Quality
        • Poor Quality Craftsmanship
        • Too Small Preference

        Best Uses

        • Back Up Bass
        • Practicing

        Comments about Warwick RockBass Corvette $ 5-String Electric Bass:

        Love the tone! very versatile and sounds good out of any setup. Thats where it stops. Had to re-solder the innards 4 TIMES! Input kept falling out and tearing wires. The way its put together is pathetic. I needed a bass for a gig when my BTB was out of commission, researched it but couldn't find one anywhere so I ordered it (based on reviews) and had it delivered next day. It's way too small for me, and too light. Its pretty good for finger picking and double thumbing is a breeze on it, but still its way too small. I really wish I could have played it first or I would have never bought it. All in all, its a solid sounding bass and could be fun to play if you like small instruments. I can't recommend due to the quality. Also, if you do buy it, purchase it with a set of strings, Warwick strings are worse than death.

        Comment on this review

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        One Funky Bass!

        By 

        from Beatrice,Alabama

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Funky
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Warwick RockBass Corvette $ 5-String Electric Bass:

          As a owner of a vintage Jazz bass,and a Yamaha 5; I was looking for that good 'ash' tone. Warwick has it! It has the 'funk' of my Jazz,and has that 'snap',but it's brighter. The weight is great,especially after playing my '78 Jazz for years.This Bass brings a 'funky' tone to Church Choirs! For the money? A GREAT Bass!

          Comment on this review

          (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Tone and Feel. L O V E this bass!

          By 

          from Dallas, Texas

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Warwick RockBass Corvette $ 5-String Electric Bass:

              I typically don't write reviews, but I just read a review of this bass that was just so far off of my experience, that I was compelled to share my very positive thoughts.

              My History and Bass Search: I have played guitar and drums in several projects over the years. A year ago, I found myself in the position of moving to bass for a side project. As this was not my primary gig, I did not necessarily want to shell out $1500 on an entry level, top end bass. So I looked on line and found a Warwick 5 string $$ Rockbass, which I purchased. It was a great decision and it played amazingly well with just a simple set up. I had tried out pretty much everything out there in this price range; all of which left me feeling like I was going to have to break down and dump that $1500 on something decent. Not this bass. From the moment I picked it up, it just felt right.

              "It's too heavy...." Some say "it's too heavy"...It feels just right for me. Even if it was a bit heavy, I would gladly sacrifice the luxury of a lighter bass for the tone of the Rockbass $$ any day, hands down. I've gone through epic practice sessions and hour long sets without any fatigue. Man up and hit the gym every once in a while, whiners! :D

              Observations: The neck is quite big and C shaped. I do have big hands so this is not a problem for me but guys with smaller hands may find their hands getting tired. If anything, this would be more of an issue to most than the weight of the bass itself. If you have an opprotunity to check one out in the flesh.....do it to see if it fits you.

              Deep Tone: The tone is very warm and is capable of the growl which Warwick is so known for. I've played quite a few shows over the past months and always receive the best compliments on my sound.

              Overall Build: Bridge, nut, and tuners all have a good quality feel to them and adjustments are very easy to zero-in on. My bass came with Warwick straplocks which worked perfectly. These also work with the Dunlop straplocks, just FYI. I use the same strap for my guitars which have Dunlops installed. They lock perfectly.

              At the end of the day, I would definitely buy another Warwick Rockbass and actually have my eye on a nice fretless as I type this review.

              Cheers all.

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              (4 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Ok, lets be honest

              By 

              from Anchorage, Ak

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              Ask me a question

              Pros

                Cons

                • Flat Sound
                • Fret Buzz
                • Poor Pick Up
                • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Warwick RockBass Corvette $ 5-String Electric Bass:

                  This bass was a horrible buy. Poor craftsmanship. Heavy as all hell, Finish was unbelieveably tacky and the neck was ridiculously difficult to play. While the Idea of MM style pickups on a five string seemed like a good idea, the sound was far below what it should have been at this price. The control knobs were so loose they would sometimes even roll on their own and knock your volume and tone settings way off. I dont know if this is common of all instruments in the Rockbass series. But nevertheless, shame on you Warwick. Sold it for a new Soundgear.

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                  (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Warwick Corvette 5 String

                  Comments about Warwick RockBass Corvette $ 5-String Electric Bass:

                  I'd buy it again in a heartbeat. Love the five string tone, and the look. I have the solid black and it is a fine looking and sounding bass.
                  It is passive, which is a postive and a negative. You don't worry about batteries every few months, but you don't have a huge number of options. Although Warwick has the pull up knobs, giving you two for the price of one, it contains fewer options than an active pickup bass.
                  So far, out of the box, it is has great quality. It was set up perfectly (for me) and remains so. Stays in tune, no problems with the electronics. Pretty much what you would expect from Warwick.
                  A bit pricey for Passive Electronics (am I being unfair to hit the passive electronics twice)? But, I'd still pay the price for this one. It has a great sound and is a solid guitar.

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                  (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  True metal bass

                  Comments about Warwick RockBass Corvette $ 5-String Electric Bass:

                  This is one of the best basses i have owned or played second only to a Rickenbacker, it is one of cleanest sounding basses with a deep rich tone. the passive Mec pickups are amazing with a deep vibrant tone, the mahogany wood in nirvana black is a nice heavy wood with a great feel the neck is smooth and amazing, it is a true metal bass, but will work for any genre.

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                  (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  It's Too Heavy, not

                  By 

                  from Boston

                  Comments about Warwick RockBass Corvette $ 5-String Electric Bass:

                  I just bought this bass because I love the Warwick sound. I owed a 6 string Corvette now that bass was HEAVEY.My Dr. said get a lighter bass or get a day job.This bass is heaver then others but it is not THAT bad plus I use a wide padded strap. The sound is Warwick.For the money it fits my bill.I wouldn't use it for Rock but for what I do it's the Warwick sound I want.

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