Warwick (company)

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Warwick GmbH & Co Music Equipment KG
IndustryMusical instruments
FoundedErlangen, Bavaria, Germany (1982; 37 years ago (1982))
FounderHans-Peter Wilfer
HeadquartersMarkneukirchen, Germany
Area served
OwnerHans-Peter Wilfer

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.


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.

Company specifics[edit]

Environmental protection[edit]

Warwick produces its instruments and amplifiers using carbon-neutral principles, 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, a boiler fueled by wood waste from its guitars and wind power.[2][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]

Training courses[edit]

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.[3][7][8][9]


Fortess cone was first made in 1982 starting with the serial numbers M 1700 93. The value of this basses today are over $ 20000.

Custom Shop/Masterbuilt – Handcrafted 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 Editions[edit]

Warwick Infinity model

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 Thumb BO Ovangkol Neck and Body back, Bubinga Pommele top with 2mm of Swamp Ash laminated between, Ebony Fretboard Limited Edition 2001 (150 built)
  • 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 $$2009 LTD Edition (300 4-strings and 300 5 strings built)
  • Warwick Corvette NT LTD 2010
  • Warwick Streamer LX LTD 2011
  • Warwick Streamer LTD 2012 30th Anniversary
  • Warwick Thumb BO LTD 2013
  • Warwick Fortress LTD 2014
  • Warwick Streamer LX LTD 2015
  • Warwick Corvette $$ LTD 2016
  • Warwick Thumb NT LTD 2017 35th Anniversary

Signature Series[edit]

Jack Bruce playing a Warwick Thumb bass model, Frankfurt, Germany, October 2006

Warwick produces near twenty signature basses. Some of the artists that have their signature Warwick basses are Stuart Zender (Jamiroquai), Jack Bruce (Cream),[11][12][13] Bootsy Collins, T.M. Stevens, Robert Trujillo (Metallica), P-Nut (311), Jonas Hellborg,[14] Adam Clayton (U2), John Entwistle (The Who)[7][15] and Jäcki Reznicek (Silly). 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.

Pro Series/Teambuilt – Made in Germany[edit]

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

Rockbass/Standard – Made in China[edit]

Warwick Basses has a budget branch 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
  • Star Bass
  • Triumph
  • Alien Acoustic (The Rockbass Alien is the only Rockbass model that looks different from the original).

Rockbass Artist Line[edit]

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


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 were this:[16]


  • 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 (with wheels or without/in 4Ω or 8Ω)
  • WCA 410 (with wheels or without/in 4Ω or 8Ω)
  • WCA 610 (with wheels in 4Ω or 6Ω)
  • JH Club Cab 1×15"
  • JH Lo Cab 1×15"
  • JH HC 2×12"
  • JH BC 2×15"

Discontinued amps:

  • Warwick ProFet 3.x
  • Warwick ProFet 5.x
  • Warwick Quad IV
  • Warwick Quad VI
  • 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:[17]

Adam Clayton with Warwick Star Bass, 2010



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