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Warwick build qualities

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JimiLL, Dec 21, 2016.

  1. Can anyone explain to me what the difference is between the team built and master built warwicks?
  2. eastcoasteddie


    Mar 24, 2006
    About $2k...

    But seriously, it's all about fancier woods, greater attention to detail if you upgrades in hardware, this and that.
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2016
  3. Ok...so I guess master built means hand made in Germany, whereas the pro series is just made in Germany. My question is; Warwick recently invested mucho dinero in their Cnc machining tools, which as of the late 90s is how all Warwicks were made. So...now their top of the line is made by hand again?

    What is the quality of these pro series, would anybody say it's on par with their 2000's offerings?
  4. eastcoasteddie


    Mar 24, 2006
    I believe that the MasterBuilt series of today is what the Custom Shop was back then. Unlimited choices (for what they can do), and Team Built is just the usual German Warwick stuff, but I think they upgraded their CNC's once again around 2011-2012 (?).
  5. blixild


    Mar 4, 2006
    Buffalo, NY
    This sums it up pretty well. All custom shop models are Masterbuilt. These are more or less built by a single master luthier and get more individual attention (and flexibility in options). Teambuilt models are more basic and have a few standard options, so they're easier to mass-produce. To be clear, they're all built in the same factory using the same tools and machinery.

    I don't know when the CNC machines were upgraded, but they are constantly improving their technology and upgrading things as a whole. For that reason, the quality as a whole is better than in the past.

    Source: visited the Warwick factory about a year ago, and own a masterbuilt SS2
  6. So then for example would a thumb nt that's bubinga pommele, has an Ovangkol neck with wenge stringers and an ebony board be team built? Insinuating that it is more mass produced than the masterbuilt. I guess I'm trying to figure out if the thumb I have is a team built or master built.
  7. blixild


    Mar 4, 2006
    Buffalo, NY
    The whole masterbuilt/teambuilt designation happened when they moved the Pro Series production back to Germany from Korea (not sure of the year for that, but fairly recently). If your bass was built before that (the last 2 digits of the serial number are the year), then there probably won't be a way to tell... I don't think there was a "Pro Series" before the Korean ones. The "teambuilt" models now refer to the Pro Series, which I think will have a serial number with "GPS" (German Pro Series) in it. My Masterbuilt bass actually says "Masterbuilt" on the headstock.

    Warwick has a great serial number tool, plug it in and see if you learn anything new: en/Warwick---Support--Serial-Number.html
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  8. hasbeen

    hasbeen Commercial User

    Sep 23, 2004
    Vice President, KMC Music. Warwick U.S. distribution, Ampeg distribution
    Correct! :)
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