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Warwick's 30th Anniversary Open House Day!

Discussion in 'Warwick Basses' started by WarwickOfficial, Jul 11, 2012.


  1. WarwickOfficial

    WarwickOfficial

    May 15, 2012
    Warwick & Framus Social Media
    Warwick is celebrating its 30th Anniversary, and you're invited! We'll be having an Open House Day Sept. 8, 2012 in Markneukirchen, Germany at Warwick Headquarters. http://warwick.de/modules/infos/info.php?katID=24384&cl=EN

    We'll have Live Music from JoStLe (Jonas Hellborg, Steve Bailey, & Lee Sklar, featuring Chester Thompson on drums), TM Stevens and Shocka Zooloo, The Duff Boys (Cologne, Germany) and more!

    Many of our Artists will be in attendance for Meet & Greets, such as Verdine White (Earth, Wind & Fire), Bootsy Collins, Larry Graham, Mike Inez, Blackbyrd McKnight, Alphonso Johnson, Ralphe Armstrong, Hansford Rowe, Dave Roe, T.M. Stevens, Jacki Reznicek, John B. Williams, Antonella Mazza, Andy Irvine, Regi Wooten, Mordy Ferber, Jean-Paul Bourelly, Wolf Hoffmann and more!

    Join is for a Factory Tour, Food & Drink, and also to tour the Framus Museum! You can also browse our Showroom with more than 200 instruments for you to play! Join the entire Warwick & Framus family - you'll see that "Its a Family Affair" is not just an ad slogan. Thanks!
     
  2. AndyIrvine

    AndyIrvine

    Jul 11, 2012
    Fraser colorado
    Warwick endorser/clinician/Product specialist
    Warwick HQ is a fascinating and fully mind blowing place. HP is like the Willy Wonka of basses and guitars!! It houses the single most sophisticated Instrument production floor on Earth, a massive layout with connecting integrated buildings, and a genius heating,cooling,and energy system that is fully self sustaining and completely green. The pride and joy of our leader Hans Peter Wilfer, he has pioneered a facility unlike any other ever. Equal parts technical wonder and stunning example of creative artistry.
    I will be there and look forward to showing YOU around this magical place.
     
  3. WarwickOfficial

    WarwickOfficial

    May 15, 2012
    Warwick & Framus Social Media
    Indeed, Andy - I'll add some facts that had me in awe the first time I experienced the production facility...

    Many things have changed at Warwick in the last 4 years. Production has been reduced from around 9000 instruments per year, to about 2500 per year. The focus is on making instruments of the highest quality and consistency. We've always felt we make great instruments, but todays instruments are in a completely different category. We are investing 3 times the hours in making a bass as we were in previous years, from 6-9 hours to the current 22-30 hours per instrument. This is completely opposite what most manufacturers are doing today - but our focus isn't on getting as much done as quickly as possible...its about letting quality and perfection be our guide.

    All of the wood we source is certified legal wood, and not coming from places that cannot be guaranteed. Additionally, Warwick is now a leader in using FSC-Certified Ebony and US Swamp Ash. The FSC Ebony (Forest Stewardship Council) is carries the strictest guidelines - not only does the wood need to be FSC-Certified, but the factory too. There are 3 manufacturers in the US (Martin, Gibson, and as of February PRS) that are FSC-Certified. In Europe it is Sonor and Warwick. This guarantees, every step of the way, that our wood comes from legal certified forests, no forests that are being cut for agriculture use, no wood from countries with civil or traditional rights violated, and no genetically altered woods. All of the wood at Warwick & Framus is allowed to air-dry for a minimum of 3-5 years (usually much longer), then it is slowly brought to an exact moisture-content with a special humid-air kiln. We only build with wood that is at the optimum 8% moisture content. A special machine is used to check EACH piece of wood individually for moisture-content...at which time it is hand-sorted for defects, and also hand-matched for use in an instrument. Every instrument is sorted by hand with a template, to be sure only the finest matching is made. Even though Warwick & Framus have some of the most advanced machines in the world, we go through many steps of hand-crafting and hand-finishing. A lot of builders do things to simply save time and energy...we want to create the best instruments possible. Every neck is made in a laminate fashion for strength and stability, again - done by hand. The grains are sorted and put together like this: \\\||///. We have 5-axis routers instead of the industry standard 3-axis routers, which allow us to contour the instruments in a special fashion as well as little things, like drill our neck pocket bolts at the same angle as the body contours so that the ferrules are completely seated.

    Our Invisible Fret Technology machine is the only one in existence, and insures a perfect fret job within 1/100mm. It is capable of creating a fingerboard with any radius between 9.5" and 47", and it perfectly levels and crowns the frets. We offer 5 types of fret wire, depending on your preference. Once again, every neck is completed by hand - sanding and rounding the fingerboard edges, applying oil, and making sure each one if perfect.

    We use a type of lacquer finish that is also unique in the world of instrument building. Its a water based lacquer that is environmentally friendly, and ultra-thin. We do this in a UV curing machine, that is flushed with nitrogen - so there is no chemical reaction taking place. The finish is ultra-durable as well. Common poly finished can only attain a clarity of +/- 85%...whereas our UV lacquer is 93%-95% clear, similar to a diamond. Every instrument is wet-sanded by hand for the finest detail work, and hand-buffed...swirl marks are not acceptable to leave the German custom shop. Our neck pocket is also hand-fitted...a bolt-on neck instrument (with no bolts holding it together) can be swung around and shaken, and the neck will not slip out of the pocket. It is a precise fit, for perfect transmission of vibration. These are the main points, there are many others - and again, our goal is utmost quality and perfection.*

    As I said, the last 4 years have seen serious improvements and innovations. We will continue to strive to make instruments of the highest quality and also consistency...as well as our dedication to the environment. Besides our FSC-certification, and we also have been awarded the EMAS-III designation for our strict commitment to a better future environment. We burn all of our wood waste for thermal energy which supplies our facility with heat, and we have the largest solar array in our part of Germany. Additionally, geothermal warmth is used to heat the entire facility - Thermal energy that is discharged from the building during the summertime is stored deep underground, to be used later in the winter to heat the entire complex. Throughout every step of production it is ensured that the least possible heat leaves the building unused. Our ultra-modern facility is equipped with insulated walls and windows throughout, fully-insulated heating pipes, and highly energy-efficient production machinery that is regularly and appropriately maintained. Warwick & Framus use about 860,000 kilowatt-hours of “green power” which comes from renewable energy sources, without dependence on Co2 producing sources or nuclear energy - an equivalent of 466 tons of CO2 that is not being released into the environment!

    I hope this lends some insights into what Warwick & Framus believes in...but more-so, we hope you'll come experience it for yourself!
     
  4. DiMarco

    DiMarco Guest

    Feb 4, 2010
    I'm trying to make it to Markneukirchen on September 8th but am not certain yet I will be there although I did promise Florin I'd drink a couple of pints with him.

    Would be nice to meet you guys there. Hope I can make it.
     
  5. WarwickOfficial

    WarwickOfficial

    May 15, 2012
    Warwick & Framus Social Media
    Looking forward to seeing you DiMarco! Hope you can make it...I'll add a pint to the mix!
     
  6. TNCreature

    TNCreature Jinkies! Supporting Member

    Jan 25, 2010
    Philadelphia Burbs
    New York Store parallel celebration.?
     
  7. AndyIrvine

    AndyIrvine

    Jul 11, 2012
    Fraser colorado
    Warwick endorser/clinician/Product specialist
    TNC- Warwick is doing an event as part of my North East "Sound Of Bass" clinic tour in Oct-at the NY Custom Shop show room, a party/clinic/jam

    North East "Sound Of Bass" Clinic Tour

    Oct 2nd Sam Ash Music, Springfield NJ

    Oct 3rd Sam Ash Music, New Haven CT

    Oct 4th Matts Music, Weymouth Mass

    Oct 5th Buckdancers Choice, Portland ME

    Oct 8th The Great Great House of Guitars, Rochester NY

    Oct 9th Guitar Factory, Seneca NY

    Oct 10th Music City, Buffalo NY

    Oct 12 Warwick/Framus Showroom NYC
     
  8. TNCreature

    TNCreature Jinkies! Supporting Member

    Jan 25, 2010
    Philadelphia Burbs
    I'll be there!
     
  9. AndyIrvine

    AndyIrvine

    Jul 11, 2012
    Fraser colorado
    Warwick endorser/clinician/Product specialist
    Excellent!!!!!!
     
  10. WarwickOfficial

    WarwickOfficial

    May 15, 2012
    Warwick & Framus Social Media
    The list of attending Warwick & Framus Artists is growing! Hopefully some of you will be joining us to celebrate this special occasion!

    In attendance will be: Jonas Hellborg, Verdine White, Dave Roe, Hansford Rowe, Mike Inez, Marco Hietala, Kevin 'Brandino' Brandon, Leland Sklar, Alphonso Johnson, Antonella Mazza, Jäcki Reznicek, Steve Bailey, Guy Pratt, John B. Williams, TM Stevens, Jeroen Thesseling, Francis Buchholz, Victor Brandt, Andy Irvine, Wolfgang Schmidt, Günther Gebauer, Larry Graham, Mordy Ferber, Jean-Paul Bourelly, Dewayne 'Blackbyrd' McKnight, Just Wody, Garry Sullivan, Delmar Brown, and more!

    Sept. 8 is coming soon - so be sure to make your travel plans if you'd like to come. More info can be found here: http://warwick.de/modules/infos/info.php?katID=24384&cl=EN
     
  11. WarwickOfficial

    WarwickOfficial

    May 15, 2012
    Warwick & Framus Social Media
    Our list of attending Artists is growing, and with less than one month until the big event preparations are being made! This is going to be a time you'll never forget! Join us in celebrating Warwick's 30th Anniversary! This event will be held Sept. 8, the day after our Warwick Bass Camp...any TB'ers attending?!? Hope to see you there!
     
  12. WarwickOfficial

    WarwickOfficial

    May 15, 2012
    Warwick & Framus Social Media
    Preparations are in full effect! The Open Day is going to be an epic event...and we hope we'll see some of you there, Saturday Sept. 8th!
     
  13. Betrayer_Bass

    Betrayer_Bass Profanity Fish.

    Sep 24, 2011
    Oslo, Norway
    Endorsing: Spector basses, Winspear Picks, Spector Formula 603 strings
    If you guys can spring me from Oslo, I'm there :-D

    Have fun :)
     
  14. WarwickOfficial

    WarwickOfficial

    May 15, 2012
    Warwick & Framus Social Media
    What an event! We had nearly 2500 attend our Open Day on Saturday - for factory tours, meet and greets, food and drink, and performances by Duff Boyz, Ralphe Armstrong & Regi Wooten, John B Williams, Hansford Rowe & Mordy Ferber, JoStLe - Jonas Hellborg, Steve Bailey, & Lee Sklar, as well as T.M. Stevens & Shocka Zooloo! The weather was beautiful, the atmosphere was amazing - a great day had by all. Thanks to everyone who joined us for helping to make this such a successful event! Be sure to check out our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/warwickframus, for photos, as well as the Warwick home page, www.warwickbass.com, for photos and news stories on our Open Day!
     
  15. WarwickOfficial

    WarwickOfficial

    May 15, 2012
    Warwick & Framus Social Media

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