Warwick Factory Tour, Part 1

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Re: Warwick Factory Tour, Part 1

Post by drbass » 03 Dec 2017, 10:27

Hi all,
maxgroover wrote:
02 Dec 2017, 15:52
You could sell your notes to Warwick they're that good! Thanks for sharing.
Too kind - I feel like I left out a lot (maybe should have recorded some audio, and/or thought of actual questions but then I'm not a reporter as such.
aphekgreg wrote:
02 Dec 2017, 20:01
Leo Fender would be rolling in his grave, at the idea of destroying that custom bass, due to a minor flaw. He would have just painted a 'Custom Colour' and sold it for extra!

I'm also fascinated to see how rough the CNC routing is. I thought one of the advantages of CNC, was more consistency between instruments.

Interesting that they did relic finish instruments and now use lacquer that you can't even scratch.

Thanks for the report and photos. Looking forward to seeing the rest of them.
Yes, I was really surprised they wouldn't use this one with a solid colour. I suppose the attraction is the neck-through lamination.
And also yes, the CNC results were quite "intriguing" in terms of roughness. You still get a great consistency with general body shape before you finish it, much more so than just band-sawing and using rasps and files - wish I had the luxury of starting with this "rough" shape.
And the relic-ing came as a bit of a surprise to me, never knew that was going on - anyone have one of those and can comment? The finish they use now is absolutely amazing, super-thin and there was no sign whatsoever fo even the slightest swirl or scratch after the key treatment.
BassLine wrote:
02 Dec 2017, 21:43
Love that acrylic finish with metal thread. Obviously.... the best bass for metal. :twisted:
Makes you wonder though - "the sound of wood" doesn't sound so compelling now, does it? How about we have a good debate about "tone acrylic" :poke: ?
irvinz wrote:
02 Dec 2017, 22:03
lovely write up, makes me regret not doing the tour when i was roughly in the area. i may have a trip to erlangen on the cards next year, will definitely have to make time for this detour.
I would highly recommend it. You need to book (happy to provide contact details), and it's 35 Euro as well but worth it.

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Re: Warwick Factory Tour, Part 1

Post by RedVee » 03 Dec 2017, 12:25

Do you have to be a Warwick owner to go the tour ?
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Re: Warwick Factory Tour, Part 1

Post by drbass » 03 Dec 2017, 12:30

RedVee wrote:
03 Dec 2017, 12:25
Do you have to be a Warwick owner to go the tour ?
Nicolas appreciated that I have a 1990 Thumb but to the best of my knowledge ownership is not a pre-requisite to do the tour.

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Re: Warwick Factory Tour, Part 1

Post by irvinz » 03 Dec 2017, 20:47

drbass wrote:
03 Dec 2017, 10:27

irvinz wrote:
02 Dec 2017, 22:03
lovely write up, makes me regret not doing the tour when i was roughly in the area. i may have a trip to erlangen on the cards next year, will definitely have to make time for this detour.
I would highly recommend it. You need to book (happy to provide contact details), and it's 35 Euro as well but worth it.

Regards,
Michael
thanks, i've looked it up previously, when i was travelling from Frankfurt to Prague/Munich. Will check it out again closer to the trip!

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Re: Warwick Factory Tour, Part 1

Post by rev matt » 04 Dec 2017, 11:41

Loved reading that. Thanks for sharing
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Re: Warwick Factory Tour, Part 1

Post by DeadlyErnest » 04 Dec 2017, 16:53

Great read.
Will play for food.

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Re: Warwick Factory Tour, Part 1

Post by bigswifty » 04 Dec 2017, 18:37

Very enjoyable, thanks for taking the trouble Michael!
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Re: Warwick Factory Tour, Part 1

Post by blizzard » 04 Dec 2017, 20:05

You should have asked about their headstock design. The Warwick one creates a fairly severe string angle behind the nut, kind of like the Les Paul headstocks, always seemed a strange design.

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Re: Warwick Factory Tour, Part 1

Post by drbass » 04 Dec 2017, 21:04

blizzard wrote:
04 Dec 2017, 20:05
You should have asked about their headstock design. The Warwick one creates a fairly severe string angle behind the nut, kind of like the Les Paul headstocks, always seemed a strange design.
No worries, everyone, pleasure.

And yes, good question (I did ask for questions before I went, by the way). I personally can’t stand the angled strings. I suppose once you are locked into a spcific (and fairly recognisable) shape you don’t just change it. Why use this shape (with the associated issue) in the first place I have no idea.

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Re: Warwick Factory Tour, Part 1

Post by blizzard » 04 Dec 2017, 21:54

Yeah, I saw the original thread, unfortunately I only thought of the question today. Oh well, still a great tour by the look.

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