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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.

One Bad Oyster played a show in Wilton, CT in support of the Cord Foundation, dubbed the “2nd Annual Great Wilton Scavenger Hunt“.  The event planner Jeff Snyder is a friend of the band, and his daughter Kennedy has been unfortunately battling spinal cord cancer most of her life.  What a great guy and an amazing little girl.

It was a beautiful day for playing outside.  Despite having them for sale at the time, I decided to bring my Schroeder 1212BMF cabs.  IMO, these cabs cannot be beat for power to weight ratio. It’s laughable as to how loud these things are, never mind that you can carry one in each hand with ease. If you are a 4 string player in any sort of loud, live band, I don’t think you can find a better cabinet for being heard through the mix at any range. That said, I don’t always care for the super focused tone and attenuated low end for some types of music that I play.  Nearly every instrument I play these days has a low B, and it’s too attenuated for my tastes sometimes, especially with my Warwick Thumb (which already has kind of an attenuated sound to begin with). I can EQ beef back in via bass and amp, but it’s still not always what I’m looking for.  I recently heard my Genz ShuttleMAX 12.0 through a Genz cabinet and it was to die for (so I picked up a used Neox 212).  For smaller indoor stuff, I’ve been favoring an Aguilar DB112NT paired with my Acoustic Image Focus 2r Series III.

I rediscovered however one of the main things I love about the Schroeder’s; they kick ass outside.  Loud, clear, full, and great throw to the back row.  They’re so light that I can have both set up quickly, and with the AI head I’ve got 4×12″ at 1000W (2 ohm)…tons of headroom!  I also finally had my Ergo 5 string EUB dialed in since buying it.  Even front-ending it with a Fishman B-II preamp, the piezo equipped EUB needs quite a bit of gain to match an active electric bass, so the headroom is welcome.

Very cool cab. Great looks, great sound. The only thing I’ve done is put some plastic feet on the side opposite side from the handle. Much safer when putting it down after carrying (seems like lots of people do this, and with good reason). The usual spec stuff:

More at Aggie’s site.

This is the model WITHOUT a tweeter, so here’s a quick clip just to get an idea of how it sounds recorded by default. Just a little ditty I came up with on the spot, I didn’t spend too much time getting locked in with the drums so excuse the less than perfect groove :D

http://www.trya.us/music/Misc/AguilarDB112NT.mp3

Everything is flat/no EQ;

  • 5 string MM/J Nords
  • Acoustic Image Focus 2R Series III
  • EV N/D868
  • Avalon VT-737SP
  • Event Layla
  • Sonar

There’s some compression (inboard and out) and 60 hz high pass filtering on the preamp. It’s a bit woofy through some speakers, but that’s mainly because it’s not EQ’d. IMO, having played both the with and without tweeter models, I prefer the NT (though I recall you can turn the tweeter down on the other one?).

Here’s another clip, slightly different: http://www.trya.us/music/Misc/AguilarDB112NT-b.mp3

Similar set up from above, but my Warwick Dolphin Pro I 5 string and Markbass LMK instead.  I’ve got the bass, amp, and Sonar EQ’d like I typically would live in this case.  The parts I played are slightly different as well…only because there was @30 mins between takes, I forgot exactly what I played to begin with, and was too lazy to figure it out ;-)

One thing I’ve noticed in general with the DB 112′s, they can take quite a bit of power, and just get louder, deeper, and clearer as you crank into them. It’s impressive.  Paired with my Tone Hammer preamp pedal, it’s killer!

Status: Own
Born: June 25, 2010
Owned since: 2011
Made in: Germany
Serial number: F 154537 10
Type: Six string fretted
Body: 2 piece ovangkol
Neck: Ovangkol, single truss (headstock)
Fingerboard: Wenge fretted, ??? radius
Scale: 34″
Electronics: Active MEC Gold Soapbar Pickups & MEC 2-Band
Tuning: B E A D G C
String spacing: Fixed 20mm
Typically strung with: DR Marcus Miller Fat Beams (MM6-130); .030 .045 .065 .085 .105 .130
Misc: Brass Just-A-Nut III

I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t buy the same thing twice.  I think my pinnacle of G.A.S. stupidity had been buying the infamous Roland GP-8 four or five times since the mid 80′s.  Oh well.  This time at least I can say there are some noticeable differences with the Wicks.

Having previously bought and sold a Warwick Thumb Bolt-On 6 string Broadneck, I kind of surprised even myself when I picked up this new one.  I had been after a different sound not long after starting Infinitas, as none of the instruments I had at the time we’re doing it for me.  My TRB had the play-ability but not the sound.  The Godlyke had a cool sound but honestly it was hard to play many of the parts I wrote with those doubled strings.  Any of my fretlesses just didn’t cut enough for the more metal stuff we were doing.  I found myself over at The Low End browsing, and it was long before I was purchasing this bass from Brian.  In my experience broadnecks don’t pop up too often, and certainly not at the price I land this one.

For whatever reason, this particular bass (unlike the last Thumb) is exactly what I was looking for, and I can’t imagine selling it.  Playing is truly effortless and the sound is perfect for this more aggressive style of music (of course not limited to).  The only thing it needed was new strings and a swap out on the tuners (Hipshot Ultralights)…I still don’t understand why Warwick uses such crappy tuners (even on a Custom Shop bass!)  I was curious why someone would go through the effort of a Custom Shop order for a bass that I was previously able to buy stock though.  I figured there must have been something else unique that I was missing, so I emailed Warwick.  It turns out sometime between purchasing the last one and the new one, broadnecks stopped being a standard option.  It now is a Custom Shop only feature.  The gentleman also said that was the reason for the brass nut as well, because all Custom Shop units get a brass nut by default.  I had forgotten that my first one had the plastic Just-A-Nut III.

Thanks to several people for snapping some pictures and video from the 2011 Georgetown Day show. The weather held off for us and it turned out to be a good one. We came out of the gate swinging and it wasn’t too bad for our first show.

Pics:

Video (rather large, but every attempt at cuting them down turns the video sideways!):

Pressure Drop
10 Years
Every Dog Has Its Day
D’yer Mak’er
Rankin’ Full Stop

Room 2.0

I got around to updating my room over the weekend.  Since I haven’t been terribly productive doing anything else lately, I decided it was time for some different surroundings.  The result is more open area to work in, which is nice.

New video monitors for way more screen real estate, my audio monitor placement is much better for both pairs, some of the rack gear is in a better place and more accessable, all my intruments are unobstructed (for the most part), and I’ve got a separate PC for just regular stuff that stays on all the time.  I’m happy with it…for the moment :-)

The J. Williams Band played acoustic style at the Huntington Street Cafe on 12-10-2010. I busted out the double bass for the occasion, despite being a bit rusty. It was the first time I played through my Genz ShuttleMAX 12 and EA VL110 together. Sounded pretty good. My bowing really sucked though…it didn’t help that the hair is crappy and pretty shot. I need to change that. Some pics of the event…

I spent some time tonight with my 5 string Fender-esque that’s finally put together and working. My good friend Ross once again saved the day by fixing my own boneheaded endeavors into building the thing on my own. I came to the realization a week or so ago that while I can play the bass OK, I’m not much of a builder. He got the thing working great, it’s a whole lot of fun to play, and sounds great. I’ll have to do a full write up on it soon.

In the mean time…how aboot some funkay audio?

http://www.trya.us/music/Funkay.mp3

The J. Williams Band played acoustic style at The Space on 08-12-2010. It was nice to get out and play my double bass live, which I had not done in quite a while. I played through my Eden Nemesis N28S, with a direct signal and a mic blended in. It sounded OK, but i also needed a direct out into the house to round out the sound. Some pics of the event…

Home studio update

Latest pics of my home studio. Doesn’t cover everything at the moment, but a good overall rep. I suppose I should come up with a full gear listing one of these days…