These are the most affordable Warwick basses ever. They are made in a small Chinese factory under Warwick’s strict quality control. Initially these were made with the beginners market in mind, but quality is so good that even experienced players have bought one or several Rockbass instruments to their arsenal.
What you get is a bass that not only looks like a Warwick. It plays and sounds surprisingly similar to a Warwick, because it is a Warwick in essence. Amazing value for money.
Whether you are a beginner and want to start playing with an affordable instrument that actually sounds good and allows for low action or if you are an experienced player that just wants to know how a 5 string or a semihollow bass feels, a Rockbass is an excellent choice.
This model in particular is the Warwick Rockbass Corvette $$ Nirvana Black Oil Finish 5 string
The body is made from alder and the neck is made from maple and ekanga, a really solid and stable combination plus it has the classic Warwick oil finish which makes it a joy to play. The wenge fingerboard is just perfect.
Warwick's frets in this series are made from Silver Nickel, an alloy that sounds great and copes with wear pretty well.
Sustain in this bass seems to be endless indeed. This is also thanks to the great tailpiece/bridge combination which allows the strings to have the perfect break angle at the bridge. Of course you can adjust the bridge in all directions: overall and individual height, intonation, string spacing, etc.
Small details such as pickup height adjustment have been redisgned and improved using metal inserts for the screws in the body of the bass meaning you can set the correct pickup height effortlessly. Cool.
Of course there's a two way truss rod so you can tweak the neck yo suit your climate and/or playing style. The truss rod can be accessed easily.
Also electronics are easily serviced. No tool is needed to access the battery which by the way is found inside an ultra clean electronics area. Just use your fingernails to open the rear electronics plate. Cool. Conductive paint is used thoughout and just the right amount of wireand top notch parts. We love it.
Warwick's trademark headstock is also ergonomic. All tuners are placed for the player to reach them easily. The adjustable nut (a classic feature from Warwick) is the final touch on a perfectly designed bass.
Passive MEC electronics are used but there's lots of sounds on tap here thanks to the two Push-Pull Volume Pots and Passive Tone
Two great sounding passive MEC "MM type" pickups are used. The default mode for each of them is Parallel wiring and this produces a very open and clean sound. But when you pull each volume pot, wiring switches to Series mode and you get more output, more low mids and slightly less treble. Cool. We can't think of a more versatile passive bass, actually.
The low B is remarkably good. Actually it sounds better than in some other brand's basses costing 2-3 times more. Pretty amazing.
This instrument comes with all the tools you need to set up.
Warwick Rockbass Corvette $$ 5 Nirvana Black