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Warwick Announces Idolmaker Bass Guitars

Discussion in 'News & PR' started by TalkBass, Jul 5, 2018.

  1. TalkBass

    TalkBass News Poster

    Mar 12, 2004
    The Framus Idolmaker electric guitar gets a bass counterpart this year: The Warwick Idolmaker Bass can be ordered as a Custom Shop Masterbuilt (Handcrafted in Germany) or as a Pro Series Teambuilt (Made in Germany) instrument - either as 4 or 5 string bass, fretted or fretless. Features include carved mahogany body, bolt-on wenge neck, wenge fingerboard (on the fretted models) and Tigerstripe ebony fingerboard (on the fretless models), passive MEC vintage pickups, and active Warwick electronics.

    Warwick Custom Shop Masterbuilt Idolmaker Bass:
    04_1. 05_1. 06_1. 02_1. 01_1.

    Teambuilt Idolmaker Bass:
    GPS1104_51PA_MAH_FR_04_1. GPS1104_51PA_MAH_FR_01_1. GPS1104_51PA_MAH_FR_02_1. GPS1104_51PA_MAH_FR_03_1.
  2. Happy Jack

    Happy Jack Supporting Member

    This would be a lot more interesting if the price range was mentioned ...
  3. edencab


    Aug 14, 2013
    Toronto, On
    "if you have to ask........" ;)
  4. ariwax

    ariwax Insonating the acoustic window Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
    I’d guess about $4k.
  5. knumbskull


    Jul 28, 2007
    Call me when they flip it back up the right way ;)

    Nice to see a new design, though.
  6. Yep, lovely colour scheme and design but up the wrong way.
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  7. RichSnyder

    RichSnyder Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Columbia, Md
    I like to see new things tried, but that's probably not going to be on my shortlist. At least it's something other than a signature P bass.
  8. knumbskull


    Jul 28, 2007
    Update: I’m warming up to it slowly... in a kind of quirky pawnshop way. I wonder what those pickups sound like.
  9. Not me. When it's design means it'll dive more than Greg Louganis i wouldn't even consider it. Looks nice though.
    Merc Montclair and SactoBass like this.
  10. bass40hz

    bass40hz Cigar smoker, scotch drinker, American Patriot Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2014
    Sussex County, NJ
    no endorsements yet...Are you listening Spector, DR, GK?
    Thats pretty badass!
    My Masterbuilt $$ 'Vette might be getting a sister ;-)
    or not if the pricing below is correct! Holy CR@P!!!

    The Warwick Idolmaker bass will be available soon with retail prices starting at $9,499 for the Custom Shop version and $4,199 for the Teambuilt version. ***Copied from notreble.com

    Warwick Announces Idolmaker Bass
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2018
    wintremute likes this.
  11. sigterm

    sigterm ;) ;) ;), love y'all Supporting Member

    Feb 5, 2003
    Atlanta G of A
    Probably not going to make the worship team.
  12. SactoBass

    SactoBass I like all-tube amps! Supporting Member

    Jul 8, 2009
    Sacramento CA
    Yeah......total neck dive with that design.
    Mechanical and MonetBass like this.
  13. wintremute

    wintremute mediocrity at its finest Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 16, 2014
    Endorsing Artist: Langstrom Carrot Farms
    I think that's a very cool design. I especially like the gold hardware. If the neck dive isn't too egregious, I'd rock it.
  14. I've just noticed, and wonder why, the cheaper version is a 'burst finish while the stupidly expensive version is a straight stain... albeit on a very nice piece of figured wood. I would have thought a burst would take more time and effort.
    Despite the design issue it's a gorgeous looking instrument.
  15. Luigir


    Mar 15, 2018
    10k or 4k for a "new" brand and what it seems a pretty straightforward bass? Am I the only one to find it ridiculous? Maybe for 2k...
  16. Maxdusty


    Mar 9, 2012
    Michigan USA
    Body design reminds me of a retro T Bird or the ESP/LTD Stream as in my user pic.
    /\/\3phist0 and kumimajava like this.
  17. Tom Baker

    Tom Baker

    Feb 3, 2016
    What the Framus is that?
    NigelD likes this.
  18. kumimajava


    May 19, 2010
    Tokyo, Japan
    Indeed, the similarity with the Stream is also what I thought of :)
    /\/\3phist0 likes this.
  19. TNCreature

    TNCreature Jinkies!

    Jan 25, 2010
    Philadelphia Burbs
    I actually like the look. But the price?
  20. The Warwick company is founded around 1982.

    That’s not new not even “new”.

    10K is very expensive I agree, but 2K for a master built Custom shop instrument?

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