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Custom Shop History

Discussion in 'Warwick - Custom Shop' started by Lewis, Jul 5, 2008.

  1. Lewis

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    thought i would start this topic, seems i could not find it anywhere,

    so my main question is when did the custom shop first come into business?, i thought it was a new thing from like year 2000, but i just saw some guys cream white dolphin (best dolphin iv ever seen, could be rivaled by a black HP one tho) , and thats from 1998 and its a custom shop.

    ??????
     
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    great question ....anybody with an answer?
     
  3. Grgzilla

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    1998.
    Prior to 98 you could order different finishes,pickups/eq etc.but they werent true CS basses like we all know & love today.
     
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    cheers greg, how do you find all this stuff out?
     
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    greg can't reveal all his moderator secrets! that's part of the gig!
     
  6. Grgzilla

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    I dont anything more than what's available to the public guys. :wink:
     
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    Curious - I know that Warwick has made custom ordered basses for longer than the Custom Shop has been around, but this Millennium NAMM brochure claims the Custom Shop was "New" at year 2000:

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    Also, the LTD series began a year later, in 2001...
     
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    The "official" LTD's started in 2001;
    Thumb BO LTD 2001
    FNA Jazzman LTD 2002
    Thumb bo LTD 2003 "Bleached Blonde".
    FNA Jazzman LTD 2004.
    Corvette Hotrod LTD 2005.
    Thumb BO LTD 2006 "Dirty Blonde".
    Thumb BO LTD 2007 "Flamin' Blonde".
    Streamer LX LTD 2008.
    Prior to that there was a Vampye LTD 2000 & an Infinity LTD 2000.
    While these basses are LTD's,they arent official? LTD's.
    As for the CS,I cant argue with a brochure. :p :lol:
    The mystery deepens. :twisted:
     
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    i still do not know what makes a vampyre LTD different from a Vampyre NT.
     
  10. Florin

    Florin Warwick Forum Administrator Staff Member

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    We always took " special requests", basses with different woods, etc, but it was not called Custom Shop back then...
    The real Custom Shop, started in 2002 as far as I know...
     
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    just like some people call the JE buzzard the buzzard LTD?????

    another thing, why can you get a CS JE buzzard and not a CS JB sig???
     
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    :?: But the Millennium Project NAMM brochure shown above officially calls it the "New Custom Shop" back in 2000...
     
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    These basses were made for John Entwisle & Jack Bruce to their specs,hence the signature series.It's "their" idea of the perfect bass,not yours or mine.Think of it as a tribute to them.To deviate from their original designs wouldnt make them "signature" basses.
    Make sense? :)
     
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    The Vampyre LTD is signed by HPW & is limited to a certain number of basses from the year 2000.The Vampyre NT is a production model available at any time. :wink:
     
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    2002 is the year the CS started using official name plates.I think.Anyone remember what year the CS certificates were introduced?
     
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    that dont really anwser my question tho, why can you CS a JE and not CS a JB?
     
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    Sorry Lewis,I completely misunderstood your question.I really should read things twice before answering.I thought you were asking why cant you get a CS JE or JB bass,when in fact,you can get a CS JE bass.
    This is best left to Gregory to answer.
     
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    Florin Warwick Forum Administrator Staff Member

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    That´s right! Officially the Custom Shop as we know it started in 2000. Before that year Warwick offered options to its standard models, that´s the reason why you can find some custom models in the area pre 2000... Although it´s been a short time that the CS actually grows up (since 2005).
     
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    sorry, 2000, not 2002 :) You guys are smarter than me, that's obvious.

    @ Lewis, you cannot have Custom Shop for Sig basses. However, changing the color, or other minor changes are not considered Custom Shop options...

    Best regards, Flo
     
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    thats doesnt make sense tho, how come there are JE buzzards in the CS gallerys with have different body woods and different pickup configs and diferent fretboard woods? thats not a minor change by a long shot?
     
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