Status: Own
Born: March 24, 1991
Owned since: 2012
Made in: Germany / 08258 Markneukirchen
Serial number: C 024 91
Type: Five string fretted
Body: 3 pcs. Boire Wood, solid
Neck: Wenge with azelia strips, hidden neck through construction
Fingerboard: Wenge with mother of pearl dolphin inlays, bronze frets, ??? radius
Scale: 34″
Electronics: 2 passive Bartolini Humbuckers, 2 Band electronic by MEC
Tuning: B E A D G
String spacing: Fixed 20mm
Typically strung with: DR Marcus Miller Fat Beams (MM5-130); .045 .065 .085 .105 .130
Misc: Brass nut with individual string vertical adjustment

I’ve been wanting a 5 string Dolphin since I first saw a dude playing one on a late night show (Letterman or Arsenio?) back around 1990.  Once I discovered I was a wide spacing guy, it’s been a battle ever since to land a broadneck on the used market.  It seems every time  they pop up (which has been really rare), I either don’t have the cash at the time, or I just get out bid.  You can imagine my delight when I saw this one recently…and I landed it for much less than I expected.  Yey me :-)

For being over 20 years old, the bass was in great shape.  Once I it cleaned up I gave it to my buddy Ross for a thorough once-over and set up.  When it comes to such things, Ross is the man.  Besides some minor fret issues (not surprising given the age) he got it dialed in and I couldn’t be happier with the way it plays.

I was surprised at how versatile the bass tone is.  Between the Bartolini’s and MEC preamp, there is a much wider range of tone adjustment than any other Warwick I’ve tried.  It’s very different from the growly focused sound of my Thumb, but in a good way.  Being an older bass, it also has something all other Warwick’s I’ve either own or played don’t have; real tuners!  This guy came with REAL Gotoh’s out of the box, a nice touch.  See my Thumb review for more on the tuner rant.  Like most Warwick’s it’s a big on the heavy side scale wise, but the bass so well balanced that I really don’t notice it any more than another bass.  I think the shape is absolutely beautiful, and now that I own one, so are the ergonomics.