Warwick is a Germany-based bass guitar manufacturer company. Warwick basses were originally a premium brand offering a small range of models built from high quality and exotic tonewoods. The company also produces valve and FET amplifiers, speaker cabinets, bass guitar strings, and is the division of the Framus trademark. Their headquarters and custom shops are located in Markneukirchen, Shanghai, and Nashville.
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Warwick was founded in 1982 in Erlangen, in the German state of Bavaria, by Hans-Peter Wilfer. In 1995 the company moved to Markneukirchen in the Saxon Vogtland to capitalize on the centuries-old tradition of instrument building in the region and to reopen the Framus trademark. In addition, the company has developed an extensive distribution network throughout Germany and Austria to represent and distribute products from musical instruments and equipment companies from Europe and the United States.
Warwick produces its instruments and amplifiers using carbon-neutral principles, any other manufacturing process is carbon-neutral as well. The company is purchasing its wood from sustainable sources (certified by the Forest Stewardship Council) and produces all the electricity it needs through its own natural-gas-powered plant, solar roof-mounted facilities, a boiler fueled by wood waste from its guitars and wind power.
Warwick is operating according to the guidelines of European Unions Eco-Management and Audit Scheme, which is a voluntary environmental management instrument designed to continuously improve companies' environmental performance.
Once a year the company hosts a "Warwick Bass Camp", where participants from all over the world are given the opportunity to join training courses and learn from notable bass players such as Victor Wooten, John Patitucci, Lee Sklar, Stuart Hamm, Alphonso Johnson, Dave Ellefson, Hellmut Hattler , Ryan Martinie or Gary Willis.
Custom Shop ("Masterbuilt") models
Warwick produces a variety of different models with different woods and electronics. The original series, which are manufactured in Germany, include the Corvette, Streamer, Thumb SC, and Dolphin. The only model in the original catalog made outside of Germany is the Alien acoustic bass, built in Korea.
In 2001, Warwick began making Limited Edition instruments; every year, distinctive features are added to one production model, and built in limited quantities, starting with the Thumb BO Bass. Upgrades include exotic woods, different pickups and electronic configurations, and custom finishes.
As well, there are around forty Special Edition bass models in production. These basses are usually upgraded versions of standard models that have features otherwise unavailable.
Examples include the Thumb BO (ovangkol neck and body back and bubinga pommele top, with 2mm of swamp ash laminated between, and ebony fretboard; 150 built for 2001) and the FNA Jazzman in walnut and swirly bubinga (200 built for 2002).
In 2019, Warwick produced 13 models of signature bass. Present and past models have included those for Jack Bruce (Cream), Bootsy Collins, T.M. Stevens, Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Jonas Hellborg, Adam Clayton (U2), John Entwistle (The Who) and Jäcki Reznicek (Silly).
P-Nut of 311 has three signature basses, all Streamer models.
Warwick also built custom fretless seven-string Thumb NT basses for Jeroen Paul Thesseling.
Pro Series ("Teambuilt")
The Pro Series instruments are crafted in the same German factory as the Custom Shop models. Fewer unusual woods are employed, and options for finish and hardware are more limited, keeping pricing lower. Models include the Corvette, Streamer, Thumb, and Star bass.
Consumer-level Rockbass models are made in China, using less exotic woods and simpler finishes. These basses are the Streamer, Corvette, Fortress, Vampyre, Star Bass, Triumph, and Alien acoustic; the Rockbass Alien is the only Rockbass model that looks different from the original.
Rockbass Artist Line
The Rockbass Artist Line produces affordable signature models, also made in China. These include the Robert Trujillo four- and five-string; the Bootsy Collins SpaceBass; the Steve Bailey four-, five-, and six-string; the P-Nut four- and five-string; and the Jack Bruce and Adam Clayton models.
Warwick produces strings for electric, Acoustic and their own Triumph model.
- Red Label Strings
- Yellow Label Strings
- Roundwound Nickel strings
- Black Label Strings
- Black Label Long Scale
- Black Label Medium Scale
- EMP Strings (coated)
For Acoustic basses they only produce 2 kind of strings.
- Red Label
- Black Label
Triumph Bass For their own Reissue of the Triumph bass they have their own strings to match it.
Amps & cabinets
Warwick produces a variety of bass-combos, ampheads and cabinets, including a signature Jonas Hellborg ampsystem.
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