Warwick (company)

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Warwick GmbH & Co Music Equipment KG
Industry Musical instruments
Founded Erlangen, Bavaria, Germany (1982; 33 years ago (1982))
Founder Hans-Peter Wilfer
Headquarters Markneukirchen, Germany
Area served
Products Bass guitars
Bass Amps & Cabinets
Bass strings
Owner Hans-Peter Wilfer
Subsidiaries Framus
Website warwick.de

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 owns the Framus guitar trademark.


Warwick Streamer model

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. 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 USA.

Company specifics[edit]

Warwick produces its instruments and amplifiers carbon-neutral, any other manufacturing process is carbon-neutral as well.[1][2][3] The company is purchasing its wood from sustainable sources (certified by the Forest Stewardship Council)[4] and produces all the electricity it needs through its own natural-gas-powered plant, solar roof-mounted facilities and a boiler fueled by wood waste from its guitars.[5] 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.[6]

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 or Gary Willis.[7][8][9]


Handmade In Germany[edit]

Warwick produces a variety of different models with different woods and electronics. The original series, which are manufactured in Germany, include the models (listed below) as their most popular lines. The only model in the original catalog that is being made outside of Germany is the Alien acoustic bass, which is being made in Korea.

  • Warwick Star Bass II
  • Warwick Star Bass II SC
  • Warwick Katana
  • Warwick Vampyre
  • Warwick Triumph

Limited Edition[edit]

Beneath of that there are Warwick Limited Edition instruments that Warwick began making in 2001, and it is characterized by the fact that every year distinctive features are added to a production model and therefore built only in limited quantities, starting with the Thumb BO Bass.[10] They are built using 'exotic' woods, different pickups and electronic configurations and custom finishes. There are around forty Special Edition basses currently in production, while the company offer a special-run Limited Edition bass annually. These basses are usually upgraded versions of existing models that have features otherwise unavailable.

Warwick Star Bass model
  • Warwick Thumb BO Ovangkol Limited Edition 2001
  • Warwick FNA Jazzman Walnut/Swirly Bubinga Limited Edition 2002 (200 built)
  • Warwick Thumb Bolt-On Bleached Blond Limited Edition 2003 (350 built)
  • Warwick FNA Jazzman Limited Edition 2004 (250 built)
  • Warwick Corvette "Hot Rod" LTD 2005 (250 built)
  • Warwick Thumb BO Dirty Blonde LTD 2006 (320 built)
  • Warwick Thumb BO Flamin' Blonde LTD 2007 (80 4-strings built and 70 5-strings built)
  • Warwick Streamer LX LTD 2008 (220 built)
  • Warwick Corvette $$2009 LTD Edition (300 4-strings and 300 5 strings built)
  • Warwick Corvette NT LTD 2010
  • Warwick Streamer LX LTD 2011
  • Warwick Streamer LTD 2012 30th Anniversary
  • Warwick Thumb BO LTD 2013
  • Warwick Fortress LTD Ed. 2014

Signature Series[edit]

Warwick produces near twenty signature basses. Some of the artists that have their signature Warwick basses are Stuart Zender, Jack Bruce,[11][12] Bootsy Collins, T.M. Stevens, Robert Trujillo, P-Nut, Jonas Hellborg,[13] Adam Clayton, John Entwistle[14] and Jäcki Reznicek. P-Nut of 311 has three signature basses, all Streamer models. The Stuart Zender signature bass is designed by Zender, and features a body shape new to Warwick basses. Warwick also built custom fretless 7-string Thumb basses for Jeroen Paul Thesseling.

Jack Bruce playing a fretless Warwick Thumb bass guitar at the Jazzfestival in Frankfurt, Germany on 28 October 2006

German Pro Series[edit]

Warwick Infinity model
  • Warwick Corvette
  • Warwick Streamer
  • Warwick Thumb
  • Warwick Star Bass

Rockbass (Made in China)[edit]

Warwick Basses have two budget branches of the company, which produce the original models with less exotic woods and different finishes, which makes them less expensive.
The Rockbass branch of the company is located in China and produces

  • Streamer
  • Corvette
  • Fortress
  • Vampyre
  • Alien Acoustic (The Rockbass Alien is the only Rockbass model that looks different from the original).

Furthermore they have a Rockbass Artist Line, which produces budget signature model made in China.

Pro & Artist Series (South Korea)[edit]

Pro & Artist Series are located in South Korea. Pro Series produce cheaper Thumb BO, Streamer LX, while also producing Corvette Standard models (from the original catalog), that were discontinued and replaced by Corvette $$'s in Germany. The reason for this was a high manufacturing price of the specific model in Germany. The Artist Series produces budget signature models with the following artists:


Warwick produces strings for electric, Acoustic and their own Triumph model.
Electric Bass

  • Red Label Strings
    • Stainless
    • Nickelplated
  • Yellow Label Strings
    • Roundwound Nickel strings
  • Black Label Strings
    • Black Label Long Scale
    • Black Label Medium Scale
  • EMP Strings (coated)

Acoustic Bass
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[edit]

Warwick produces a variety of bass-combos, ampheads and cabinets, including a signature Jonas Hellborg ampsystem.
In 2014 the Amps and Cabinets where this:[15]

  • BC 10 Combo 8
  • BC 20 Combo 8
  • BC 40 Combo 10
  • BC 80 Combo 12
  • BC 150 Combo 15
  • BC 300 Combo 15


  • WA 300 (with and without Sleeve)
  • WA 600 (with and without Sleeve)
  • LWA 1000 with silver and black surface
  • Hellborg Mono Power 500W
  • Hellborg Stereo Power 2x250W
  • Hellborg Preamp


  • 2x10" Cabinet
  • 8x10" Cabinet
  • WCA 115 (comes with wheels or without and in 4Ω or 8Ω)
  • WCA 410 (comes with or without wheels and in 4Ω or 8Ω)
  • JH Club Cab 1x15"
  • JH Lo Cab 1x15"
  • JH HC 2x12"
  • JH BC 2x15"

Discontinued Amps[edit]

  • Warwick ProFet 3.x
  • Warwick ProFet 5.x
  • Warwick Tupepath 5.x
  • Warwick Tupepath 10.x
  • Warwick X-Treme 5.x
  • Warwick X-Treme 10.x
  • Warwick Blue Cab series
  • Warwick Sweet series
  • Warwick CCL series

Warwick players[edit]

Signature Artists:[16][edit]



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  12. ^ D'Auria, Jon (May 5, 2014). "Jack Bruce: The Silver Lining". Premier Guitar. Retrieved July 25, 2014. 
  13. ^ Friedland, Ed (June 2008). "Jonas Hellborg: Take the Reins". JazzTimes. Retrieved August 2, 2014. 
  14. ^ Entwistle, John. Bass Culture: The John Entwistle Guitar Collection. Sanctuary 2004, ISBN 978-1860745935.
  15. ^ http://shop.warwick.de/?&c=35352310012&lang=en&smk=1&modul=shop&site=shop_overview_2&filter=new&nm=D0180252001321517448A52803 - retrieved August 5, 2014
  16. ^ http://www.warwick.de/en/Warwick---Artists--Warwick-Artists--Warwick-Signature-Artists.html - Retrieved August 2014
  17. ^ http://www.warwick.de/en/Warwick---Artists--Warwick-Artists--Warwick-Artists.html - Retrieved August 2014
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