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The Warwick Alien truth?!?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by dangerwr, Nov 21, 2005.


  1. dangerwr

    dangerwr

    Jul 25, 2005
    Boulder, CO
    Greetings Warwick fans,

    I purchased a Warcwick Alien about a year ago--I got very lucky for I do not think the reseller realized their rarety. I recently cam across the following post from another website:

    "THE FIRST 101 ALIENS WERE MADE BY LAKEWOOD HANDMADE GUITARS AND ARE SOME OF THE BEST ACOUSTIC BASS GUITARS MADE!!! THEY ARE VERY RARE NOW AND MOSTLY OWNED BY PRO STUDIO PLAYERS . BEING HANDMADE AND RATHER LARGE THEY DO NOT TRAVEL WELL BECAUSE THEY NEED CARE IN ALL THE CLIMATE CHANGES. THEY ARE HOWEVER WONDERFUL SOUNDING. MOST ELECTRIC BASS GUITAR PLAYERS NEVER GET TO PLAY A GOOD HANDMADE ACOUSTIC BASS SO THEY REALLY DO NOT KNOW WHAT THEY ARE MISSING. THE SOUND IS VERY UNIQUE, I OWN A NUMBER OF ACOUSTIC BASSES AND THE WARWICK HAS A VERY SPECIAL TONE , KIND OF LIKE THE LOW END OF A CEMBELO . I USE BRIGHT flats ON MY BASS BUT IT STILL HAS LOTS OF TWANG. THE WORKMANSHIP IS GERMAN PERFECT THE LOOKS ARE TIMELESS. THE PRICE A STEAL, THESE BASSES ARE SELLING FOR $4500 IN THE US VINTAGE MARKET AND GO FAST BECAUSE THEY ARE RARE. DO NOT CONFUSE THEM WITH THE NEWER VERSION WHICH IS MADE OF PLYWOOD AND SOUNDWISE FAILS TO COME CLOSE TO THE ORGINAL. THE PLYWOOD HOWEVER TRAVELS WELL. MY ALIEN IS ALSO LOUD ENOUGH TO PLAY IN AN ACOUSTIC BAND WITH OUT AMPING. A GREAT RARE BASS."

    Now, it has been my understanding that the Alien was only Korean made. I know one thing is for sure--mine is not made out of plywood. Does anyone know the truth to the staement above and if so how can you tell if yours is one of the first 101 made?
     
  2. jammadave

    jammadave Rudderless ship Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2003
    Wash DC metro area
    Don't know about the story, but when I had an Alien I thought it was the bomb as ABGs go. MUCH better than my Thunderchief was.
     
  3. tplyons

    tplyons

    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    UGLY, but if they sound good, I'll buy one eventually :p
     
  4. dangerwr

    dangerwr

    Jul 25, 2005
    Boulder, CO
    jammadave,

    I think the Alien looked too cool and am a huge Warwick fan. I looked all over the web and found only 1 for sale and got it!!! I think it sounds great but have not heard much to compare it against. Seems loud enough to play in an acoustic jam and no for a fact it does not travel well so was just curious if I "accidentally" own one of the $2300 - 4500 pieces.
     
  5. dangerwr

    dangerwr

    Jul 25, 2005
    Boulder, CO
    HeathW,

    Yes that is the one I am talking about. I am not sure who wrote that review but never heard of any Alien actually made in Germany by Lakewood. I thought they were all Korean.
     
  6. bwbass

    bwbass

    May 6, 2002
    WA
    If you had one of the originals, you'd have known by the big hole in your wallet. ;) The original alien began production 10 years ago or so and were very expensive back then. The koean made ones are a fairly recent development, AFAIK.
     
  7. Dave Cooper

    Dave Cooper

    Nov 21, 2005
    A local luthier who has built several basses for me (and has a couple more on the way) learnt his craft at Lakewood 10-15 years ago. While he was there he hand built the first few prototype warwick alien basses (I have seen the pictures). I might get him to make me one after the nine string electric and the 6 string double bass are finished :)
     
  8. Daywalker

    Daywalker

    Apr 13, 2005
    SOCAL
    I was thinkin about ordering one of those, but it's a lil steep for an acoustic I think...