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
Subsidiaries Framus
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]

Warwick Series (Germany)[edit]

Special & Limited editions[edit]

Most of Warwick's Special and Limited Edition 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.

Signature series[edit]

The Infinity bass

Warwick produces near twenty signature basses. Some of the artists that have their signature Warwick basses are Stuart Zender, Jack Bruce, Bootsy Collins, T.M. Stevens, Robert Trujillo, P-Nut, Jonas Hellborg, Adam Clayton, John Entwistle and Jäcki Reznicek. It is also interesting to note that P-Nut of 311 has three signature basses, all Streamer models. Stuart Zender signature bass is designed by the likes of Stuart Zender, and features a body shape new to Warwick basses. In 2010, Robert Trujillo's two signature 5-string Streamer basses were first introduced.

Rockbass, Pro Series and Alien Acoustic[edit]

Alien Acoustic (China)[edit]

Original Alien basses are high-quality acoustic basses, available as fretless and 5 stringers.

Pro Series (Korea)[edit]

When the Corvette $$ model reached the market, the popular Standard models caused Warwick to lose money.[citation needed] Warwick decided to move the production of the Standard series to Korea, and to continue producing the Corvette $$ models as their upgraded version of the Standard version.[citation needed]

RockBass (China)[edit]

In 2002, Warwick introduced the RockBass line of bass guitars which offered a low-cost alternative to several of their more expensive lines (various Streamer and Corvette, along with Fortress and Vampyre series). The expensive woods of their original shapes are replaced with less expensive ones. RockBass basses also come with MEC electronics.

Warwick amplifiers, cabinets and strings[edit]

The company also produces Valve and F.E.T. amplifiers, speaker cabinets and bass guitar strings.

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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