This blog's title sounds like a prog metal album, dunnit?
So I took my $200 Warwick Vampyre LTD downstairs and plugged it in.
I immediately noticed that the bass was not only working, but sounding fantastic. Absolutely stunning. WTF?
After some investigation, I noticed only the volume and pickup pan knobs respond. I also noticed that taking out the battery decreases the volume by 99%, so the active component of the electronics are fine.
Then I figured out that the previous owner was a Mike D'Antonio/Peter Ewers/Paul Romanko type of guy that was too metal to have a working EQ - he simply bypassed it in the wiring. My friend noticed some strangely located soldering points, and the slight imprint of a soldering iron along the edge of the control cavity . The electronics were so complex my friend couldn't really do anything other than that.
So, basically, I have to take it to a store in downtown Toronto (the one that gave me my Wenge neck and brass JANI) and get them to restore the wiring to it's original state. Other than that, the bass should be 100% as it was, less some road scars, and most importantly, some perfectly worked-in neck finish.
I'll post new blogs as I have updates. This thing sounds awesome and will undoubtedly be my main axe. This bass was meant to be mine. Dyvyne ynterventyon. The previous owner replaced the Warwicks straplocks with straplocks of the exact same type and colour of a set of straplocks I had on a strap that's the exact same colour as the bass! Can you believe that shit? Was that sentence even readable?
Hell, I might not even bother getting it done, it sounds so awesome. But I probably will - it's not driving my gear, namely my fuzz, and the low-end of my head, as hard as I'd like it to. But once it's all sorted out, fuck, game over man.
This may sound smug but I'm very proud of the gear I own and am very grateful I've been fortunate enough to own it. Never in a million years did I expect to own a bass that completely schools my Fender at 1/9th of the price.
Now reading week's over - I have to return to the drudgery that I call my existance once again, feeling the punishment I deserve from not doing the work I should have over the break. It's going to be a terrible day tomorrow and the next 2 following days. But hopefully I can hammer it out. Plus I have to work on at least 2 songs, one of which is the song that'll make me.