Warwick 2004-LE FNA JazzMan 4 Reviews
Every year Warwick has a special run, the annual 'LE' bass, in enuf quantity that you can find one used, later, with patience. I got this one 6 yrs later ! I play in a 'diva duo' [with vox/KB] and in a 4pc string band, in both bands the tunes are 'too old to be 'Oldies'' ... classics maybe. Anyway, an FNA JazzMan is a Corvette with 'MM-J' PU config and a hardwood top over a swamp ash body. The 2004 LE has different PU's and top wood than the standard FNA JazzMan. Also, the FB is ebony instead of wenge.
The main difference from a standard FNA JazzMan is that the sound is brighter but less harsh. And it looks a bit fancier. The koa top is not 'AAAAAAAA' grade with wild grain. It's mainly the orange color, plus oval inlays in the black ebony FB, that give it a special look. Any Wick Ltd Ed ax is not truly 100% limited, cuz you can duplicate them thru the custom shop. And since an FNA is derived from the bolt-on Corvette, even the custom shop route is not too ridiculous in price, especially if you skip the FB inlays and gold hardware. I really dig this ax, have no complaints, it has no real flaws, and it has rather special feel and sound [plus versatile controls] so I'm rating it a '5'. I have rated enjoyable basses at only a '3' due to shortcomings that were not serious 'deal breakers' ... so I don't easily rate something a '5'. I've had it for about 10 months, and it's *still* a '5'. That means this is a REAL '5' !!Golem rated this unit on 2010-07-23.
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