The price range of bass guitars currently on the market is rather wide and rather incredible. You can get a bass guitar at any price, and it is probably going to be a quality instrument if you follow my advice of course. The problem with the six string bass guitar is that it is so much harder to find one that is a good quality, is of midrange price, and does not make you want to drop it on purpose. The Warwick Corvette Basic 6-String Active Electric Bass is one of them. Let’s take a closer look.
The design of the Warwick Corvette Basic 6-String Active Electric Bass is something out of a manual on how to make a blandish bass guitar that may sometimes even look comical. I am not being mean to the instrument, I am just expressing my opinion on how bland the guitar actually looks. The yellowish body of the guitar, whether its because the grain of the wood is showing through, or the lacquering of the guitar was a little strange, reminds me of some kind of cheesy snack. Even the top wing of the double-cutaway and its strangely elongated nature seems like it was inspired by a snack. Not a design I would call inspiring.
The body of the guitar is built out of Alder, one of my favorite tonewoods of all time. You see alder was especially popular in the 60s and 70s, when a whole slew of guitars, bass or otherwise, were being made out of it. The characteristic, balanced resonance of alder, with a slight twist to it, has become a vintage classic and the favorite of a whole lot of musicians. The alder is sturdy and lightweight as well, making it a great tonewood for any purpose.
The neck of the guitar is made out of the traditional maple, which provides the instrument with a whole lot of sturdiness and power, in terms of resistance to most kinds of damage. The hardwood is especially resistant to warping so that the guitar will have a stable neck for a long time. The neck of the guitar is bolted onto the body of the guitar, which is honestly not my favorite aspect of the guitar. In this price range I am expecting a set through joint, though no damage is done with the bolt-on, so it works alright I guess. The fretboard of the guitar is made out of rosewood.
The guitar comes with a Warwick two-piece bridge. This results in the guitar having great string stability, as well as some lovely action coming with the strings. The ease of retuning is definitely a bonus.
The nut of the guitar is made out of a a decent quality synthetic material, which provides the guitar with a more or less clean sound and some great harmony in the strings.
The tuning machine of the guitar works well with the otherwise uninspired design of the guitar. The tuning stability is something out of fiction, providing some great stability for long periods of time.
The guitar comes with two pickups located at the neck and the bridge of the bass guitar. The double pickup combination with single coils provides the instrument with a great level of sound that is also cleanish, though a little bit of string noise does, unfortunately, get through. Still the tones picked up by the single coils are rather detailed, with each note having nuance and power that is rarely seen anywhere on the market. Overall, these are great pickups that work well with the guitar.
The instrument comes with a very detailed control scheme, which allows incredible customization of sound. The player gets one master volume knob, one balance knob, one treble and one bass knob.
Warwick Corvette Sound
The sound of the guitar is incredibly fun to hear. It is detailed in each and every tone that spills out of the guitar, with the mid tones and high tones having great alder and vintage character, while the low tones are strong, warm and impressive. The little bit of string noise leaking into the sound is not something that bothers, even enhancing the vintage sound of the guitar.
The strength of this guitar lies within its power and within its fun sound. Detailed, bright and invigorating, the guitar needs to be on the consideration list of anyone looking for a nice musical instrument.