The tour was about 2 hours all up, and I had the opportunity to spend more time in the showroom to try a few things but had a 4 hour drive ahead of me in rather bad weather so I rushed through it a little. Next time.
This is the first half of one of the walls relevant to bassists - plenty of nice basses hanging there:
Second half of the same wall:
Some amazing paint jobs there. Nicolas told me that they do a fair bit of bleaching darker timbers which a) retains the grain but b) makes it possible to get those brilliant transparent colours. I'll have to try this at some stage myself. From memory the two green ones in the top row were done that way (forget which timber it was, sorry).
I also had a quick chat with the "painter", guy called Sebastian, about dyes they use. I'm sure you're familiar with those quilted or flamed maple finishes that "pop" like crazy - normally achieved by staining black first then sanding back, and then applying the final colour stain. Apparently they have developed a product that is so intense that no black pre-staining is required. And looking at the sample, believe me, they popped (didn't take a picture).
There are some guitars in the showroom as well.
By now we had returned to the entry/reception hall where a small collection of special instruments, basically the signature ones, are displayed like in a museum. Here are a couple of those.
The Trujillo on the left was hand-painted by his wife. The other two have this amazing finish that looks like a see-though acrylic - I was half-shocked that I couldn't see through it. Crazy.
Double-neck dolphin. Nicolas hinted that they were originally separate instruments which subsequently were glued together. Not sure about that but when you look at the body contour there's this groove in the middle that seems to confirm the statement. Anyway.
This is a one-off (nothing to do with Steve Bailey, some instruments just fill the gaps) with an attempt at doing true tempered fret work (like these guys: http://www.truetemperament.com). This one looks vastly different to any true tempered attempt I have seen but apparently it works, and according to Nicolas he knows only one guy who can actually play this. Interesting.
A Jonas Hellborg sig bass (the one on the right). It is SOLID, folks, no chambering, and I could hardly lift it. The next one was chambered though, no surprises there (although Hellborg plays sitting down most of the time).
A double-neck Star bass - I'm sure there are people who would like to have one of those (not me ).
And the last one - it's been around for a while and has rusted badly . Surely the best guitar for metal .
Oh, while I was there they did their first CNC attempt at a new line of basses that is supposed to be introduced at NAMM next year. I took a photo but the CNC run had only just started so it's a piece of wood, really.
We also had a brief look at the Star bass "production" but there wasn't anything to see really except for some amazing laminates and laminate gluing (not really interesting unless you're into that sort of thing).
That's it for the Warwick tour. Looking back at it all I would have liked to spend a little more time in the showroom and the museum part, and it would have been nice to chat with a couple more people on the floor. Next time.
Hope you enjoyed this, and I'll try and do the Sandberg tour some time later today, or tomorrow.