The History of Warwick Bass

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Hey guyz, glad to see you working on this project. :) I think it would be very cool if all knowledgeable members contributed and made this more accurate and closer to "Official". I guess HPW would be able to help if we had any remaining issues/corrections to do.
 
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I've asked Hans-Peter Wilfer if he would be interested in assisting in correcting the inaccurate information, as well as adding details and pertinent information. He is interested, but has many back to back events and tasks to attend to. He will have time beginning in November, and I think it would be great to turn this unofficial history into an official account! Thanks for the input, and your patience!
 
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That'll be good to clear the air over the Pro II. I have a 1991 Pro II and got an e-mail from HP saying it was built in Germany so from what I gather this is one of the good ones before the low quality ones where put out.
 

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Marko, I think after more than 20 years, it is safe to decide by yourself if your bass is good or not :)
Does it sound good? Are the electronics OK? Neck is OK? Then it is a helluva bass :)
 

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The ones built by Morris should be the better quality ones I guess.

Still, I wouldn't gamble on it when buying an old bass off the internet and save up some more money for a SN TCS or even a Pro 1 instead.
 
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Thank you for sharing that. I recently acquired a 87 Streamer Stage I. It has turned to be the best bass I have ever bought. I fell in love with Spectors but I found the neck too thick for comfort and too make it worse the thickness varied between some models - getting even thicker (between Euro 4LX and NS2JAR). I read about the Doug Wimbish model and found it has a thinner neck.
Then I bought the 87 SSI. Perfect! The neck is simply amazing. Made me seriously think about ditching my Spectors and going all Warwick (but they have their use too).
The SSI has a cherry body, 2-piece bridge and EMG pick-ups. The preamp was changed to EMG BQC and sounds great on the bass. The nut was replaced with a graphite one. The rotosound steel strings on it simply sparkle. I cannot describe how great this sound is - will record soon and post it. It is the best sound I have heard in all of the basses I have owned or played in 20 years.
The challenge now is that I want my other basses to also be like this one - especially the neck. I don't know the Warwick range too well but I want the other Warwicks that I buy to also have a similar neck. I am not sure if the newer SSIs or SSIIs or Thumbs or Dolphins (the models I am considering buying) have a similar think neck.
Will be grateful if anyone can shed some light on it. Am glad to have joined the Warwick family with one heckuvan awesome bass!
 
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We are hoping to get an update started soon! And perhaps turning this "unofficial" history in the "official" history! Thanks!
 
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I was bummed out that there seemed to be no info on the 93 Thumb BO.
Mine has Ovankol/Full Wenge and it seems as though the article omitted any info
about this bass.
 
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hey dejablue

your thumb bo has a walnut body, the change to fully ovangkol was by end of the nineties:)

cheers,
herbie
 
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hey dejablue

your thumb bo has a walnut body, the change to fully ovangkol was by end of the nineties:)

cheers,
herbie

Thanks Herbie.
My confusion is based on the report I received from H.P. at Warwick where they sent this info:

- Bass Thumb BO Bass
4 string
Serial Number K XXXXXX 93
Year 1993
Month October
Number XXXXXX
Neck Wood Wenge Wood
Fingerboard Wenge Wood
Frets Bronce Warwick Frets
Nut Just a Nut Brass Version
Neck construction Bolt On
Body 2 pcs. Ovangkol Wood solid
Surface Oil Finish / Beewax
Pickups 2 active MEC JJ Pickups
Electronic 2 Band Electronic by MEC
Hardware Chrome Hardware by Warwick
Made in Germany / 91330 Eggolsheim
 
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Any progress with the official history? Personally, I'd love to see something with a comprehensive history for each of the models and some nice images, like those in 'Bass Culture' the Entwistle bass collection book.
 
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hey dejablue

your thumb bo has a walnut body, the change to fully ovangkol was by end of the nineties:)

cheers,
herbie

Yes, there is a 1994 Thumb BO on Ebay with the Walnut body. According to the Doc this is not common knowledge...
Thumb Bolton 1994-95(page 31)

The neck is usually screwed in Wenge (losing 2 frets from the neck through version), the body is made of walnut, a wood rarely used at Warwick, this fact remains unpublished.
 

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well i just logged in again after 3 years went by. i see there is still a bit of buzz around this document. maybe we can now really work out the errors and stuff. is should be able to do some work to it. could google doc be a way of sharing reviewed versions of the document so all interested exports can contribute to the book.

thanks in advance.

Bas
 
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well i just logged in again after 3 years went by. i see there is still a bit of buzz around this document. maybe we can now really work out the errors and stuff. is should be able to do some work to it. could google doc be a way of sharing reviewed versions of the document so all interested exports can contribute to the book.

thanks in advance.

Bas


I think that would be an excellent idea. I'll contribute whatever little I can and I'm more than happy to read it. :)
 

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Hi CliffHNZ, what "field" (models, history etc) could you contribute to?
 
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Hi CliffHNZ, what "field" (models, history etc) could you contribute to?

I think the only useful contributions I can make are on the Rockbass side of things after my digging into them before I bought mine and any photos I can either take or dig up. I'm not too shabby on collecting info. :)
 
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