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Warwick Star Bass II Bubinga 4, 2008

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The Warwick Star Bass II Bubinga 4 is a top quality, thinline bass with passive electronics, here in fretted form but also available as fretless. Introduced in 2008, this model is derived from the Framus Star Bass.

The thinline construction concept is very familiar on guitars, but less so on basses. Though there can be a risk of feedback at higher volumes, the somewhat ’rounder’ attack and decay profiles evokes the tone of an acoustic bass. Lee Sklar regards this bass as excellent for recording and has used it on dozens of albums.

This Warwick Star Bass II Bubinga 4 features Bubinga laminate construction for the body, with a Ovangkol set neck and 20 inch (502mm) radius, 34 inch (863.6mm) scale Wenge fingerboard (on the fretless models, the fingerboard is Ebony).  The nut is a Warwick Just-A-Nut II in black.  The side dots are fluorescent. For hardware, Warwick branded tuners are at the head and a Warwick 2-piece chrome-plated brass bridge are at the body. A pair of MEC Star Bass Single Coils with Metal Cover run through a simple control system of pickup selector and individual volume and tone controls.

This example dates to 2008, the first year of the Star Bass production and is in great condition. It plays well, and it’s a very responsive, great sounding bass.

Sold with a non-original Levy’s gig bag.

Here is a clip from an iBass magazine review of the Warwick Star Bass II sound:

“The Star Bass II has heaps of stage presence at a gig, and a clear, distinctive bass sound that really cuts through. With the added resonance gained from the semi-hollow body, the tone has a definite acoustic edge.

Despite perhaps lacking the weighty punch of a solidbody, there are percussive overtones to be had right across the neck, as well as plenty of sustain. These passive MEC humbuckers are surprisingly responsive. Using the volume controls, you can select either pickup independently for a thinner sound, or blend the two for a much fuller tone, and if you add in your own technique then the sonic options really begin to add up.

Playing with a plectrum is great for some authentic old-school rock ’n’ roll. Unlike many Warwick basses, the Star Bass II isn’t crammed with tone controls or active electronics, and therefore relies on qualities inherent in its construction for its core sound. Some may view this as rather limiting, but its natural finish and exotic woods look and feel fantastic, and the tone and playability are no less impressive. If you can afford it, the Star Bass II gets the thumbs up in every department.”


 

Price: $3,700.00 CAD
  • Model: Star Bass II Bubinga 4
  • Year: 2008
  • Finish Natrural Satin
  • Class: Used
  • Serial Number: D4009001.951
  • Country of Origin: Germany
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Date Posted: 01/09/2020

  • Consignment Item

  • Including Gig Bag case
  • Instrument Weight: 9.152lbs 4.16kg
  • Scale Length: 863.6mm 34in
  • Nut Width: 38.5mm 1.5in
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