Warwick (company)

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Warwick GmbH & Co Music Equipment KG
Type Private
Industry Musical instruments
Founded 1982
Founder(s) Hans-Peter Wilfer
Headquarters Markneukirchen, Germany
Area served Global
Products Bass guitars
Bass Amps & Cabinets
Bass strings
Owner(s) Hans-Peter Wilfer
Parent U.S. Music Corporation
Subsidiaries Rockbass
Pro & Artist Basses
Website warwick.de

Warwick is a Germany-based bass guitar manufacturer company. The company was founded in 1982 by Hans-Peter Wilfer. Warwick basses were originally a premium brand offering a small range of models built from high quality and exotic tonewoods with 'Neck-through' design. The company also produces Valve and FET amplifiers, speaker cabinets, bass guitar strings, and owns the Framus trademark.

Company specifics[edit]

Warwick produces its instruments and amplifiers carbon-neutral.[1][2] It is purchasing its wood from sustainable sources (certified by the Forest Stewardship Council)[3] 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.[4] The company 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.[5]

Once a year the company hosts a "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 or Alphonso Johnson.[6][7]

The Original Series (Germany)[edit]

Warwick produces a variety of different models with different woods and electronics, although MEC is standard for most Warwick basses. The original series, which are manufactured in Germany, include the Corvette, Streamer, Thumb, and Dolphin Pro I 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. Most of Warwick's Special and Limited Edition are built using 'exotic' woods, different pickups, 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.

The company produces nearly twenty signature basses. Some of the artists that have signature Warwick basses are Stuart Zender, Jack Bruce, Bootsy Collins, T.M. Stevens, Robert Trujillo, P-Nut, Jonas Hellborg, Adam Clayton, John Entwistle, Steve Bailey 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. In 2010, Trujillo's two signature 5-string Streamer basses were first introduced. Warwick also built custom fretless 7-string Thumb NT basses for Jeroen Paul Thesseling.

Rockbass (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, and Vampyre models, along with Alien acoustic Rockbass models. (The Rockbass Alien is the only Rockbass model that looks notably different from the original).

Pro & Artist Series (South Korea)[edit]

Pro & Artist Series are located in South Korea. Pro Series produce cheaper Thumb BO, Streamer LX, and Star Bass models, 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 produced budget signature models of some Warwick endeavors.

Notable players[edit]

when seen "with signature" states that a signature edition bass guitar has been developed for the artist


  1. ^ "Climate Partner Database". ClimatePartner GmbH. Retrieved November 2013. 
  2. ^ Herrera, Jonathan (September 30, 2013). "Warwick Bass Camp 2013: The Best of the Bass". Premier Guitar. Retrieved November 2013. 
  3. ^ "FSC Certificate Database". Forest Stewardship Council. Retrieved November 2013. 
  4. ^ Hromadko, Jan (March 2, 2014). "German Companies Take Back the Power". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved March 31, 2014. 
  5. ^ "EMAS Registration Database". European Union/Eco-Management and Audit Scheme. Retrieved November 2013. 
  6. ^ Wetzel, Michael (September 11, 2013). "Video: German Warwick Bass Guitars". Deutsche Welle TV. Retrieved November 2013. 
  7. ^ Falkowski, Jens (September 20, 2013). "Bass Camp". Deutsche Welle. Retrieved November 2013. 
  8. ^ "Lee Sklar is the Latest Member of the Warwick Family". Bass Musician Magazine. October 5, 2013. Retrieved November 27, 2013. 

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