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Left Handed Warwick Bass Guitars
Warwick Left Hand Bass Guitar made in Germany
The Left Hand Warwick Difference
Neither Warwick´s policy of continuous product development, nor the investment in new machinery and technology which it entails, detracts from the spirit of hand craftsmanship. Correct selection and working of woods remain vital factors in determining the sound. Continued Below
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Left Handed Warwick Bass Guitars - Continued from Above - WARWICK differs from other bass manufactures in buying all its wood in complete rough logs or planks - none is obtained precut. This means more work, but ensures complete control over the wood used and the finished look of the instrument. The wood selected is stored for three to five years, and dried in Warwick´s own kilns to reduce moisture to the optimum level - a process which requires experience and patience. While WARWICK makes greater use of modern technology than any of its rivals, it does so only where the result will be a better instrument (and a more satisfied musician). The benefits are clear: It relieves humans of the mundane repetitive tasks, delegating them to machines. This reduces the risk of inaccuracy, at the same time increasing job satisfaction. The result is an increase in the quality and consistency of the instruments leaving the factory.
Mechanization permits manufacture on a scale - determined only by demand - unattainable by independent luthiers. With higher output, WARWICK is not restricted to standard guitar parts, but can invest in the development of parts better suited to the special demands of basses and bass players. WARWICK can offer a uniquely ergonomic, integrally designed instrument, costing no more than basses heavily reliant on standard parts and outdated technology.
Framus Was the Beginning....When Fred Wilfer returned to his home town of Walthersgrün at the end of the Second World War he was quick to realize that the Sudetenland, still under American control but soon to be handed over to the Russians, offered no future. With the help of the Americans he succeeded in the somewhat hazardous venture of bringing the first violin makers from Schönbach to Franconia, laying the foundations for their resettlement in the district of Erlangen.
In the early postwar years from 1945 to 1947, Fred Wilfer was primarily occupied in finding new homes and gainful employment for the Schönbach violin makers. Somehow he found lodging for them as well as tools and raw materials at a time when there were really none to be had. He was forever in the offices of the administration in Munich fighting his way through the red tape, obtaining ration coupons, planning permission, arguing the case for this or for that. Meanwhile in 1946 he founded the FRAMUS works... the name being an acronym of FRAnconian MUSical instruments and designed to draw attention to the fact that the celebrated violin makers of Schönbach had made Franconia their new home.
The first workshops were established in a disused community work camp in Möhrendorf near Erlangen. The firm soon grew out of these premises, and Framus moved to a sometime brewery building in Baiersdorf. By dint of hard work, coupled with a talent for getting things done, Fred Wilfer managed to get the firm off the ground in those most trying of times. By 1954, even the Baiersdorf plant was not big enough and Fred Wilfer had to build a new factory. 1955 saw the official opening of the new works in Bubenreuth. By this time there were some 300 employees on the payroll, most of them resettled Schönbachers, but joined now by a fair number of workers from the local area. It was mainly guitars that Framus built and exported all over the world, but the firm also made zithers, basses and banjos By this time the Framus name enjoyed world-wide recognition.
In 1966, a second factory was established in Pretzfeld in the area known as Fränkische Schweiz, as even the Bubenreuth plant was now too small. 100 people were employed in this facility. In 1971 Framus celebrated its 25th Anniversary. Fred Wilfer´s work and commitment to the music industry were honored by statesmen such as Konrad Adenauer, Ludwig Erhard and Theodor Heuss, to name but a few. The next year, the Municipality of Bubenreuth awarded Fred Wilfer an Honorary Citizen Medal for his services to Bubenreuth and in recognition of his role in the resettlement of the violin makers.
In the Seventies, price dumping by companies from the Far East began seriously undercutting the established brands and the market became brutally competitive. The effect was to force a number of firms into bankruptcy, among them Framus in 1975. For Fred Wilfer this must have been a bitter experience. He had the consolation, however, of living to see his youngest son, Hans Peter, make a new start in the business, establishing the firm Warwick in 1982 and ultimately reviving and bringing new honor to the name Framus.
Alfred Andreas Wilfer died in Markneukirchen December 29th, 1996. He was born in Walthersgrün in the Sudetenland on the 2nd of January 1917. He founded Framus and led it to world renown. In the process he made a huge contribution towards the development of the instrument building industry in Germany.
Warwick Continues the Tradition...Warwick was founded in 1982 in Erlangen, in the German state of Bavaria, by Hans Peter Wilfer. As a child Hans Peter learned all aspects of musical instrument manufacturing and distribution. (He literally grew up playing in the sawdust of the Framus factories!) He has turned this intimate knowledge of instrument building, his extraordinary energy and the dedication of the workforce to good effect, establishing Warwick as one of the world´s most highly respected manufacturers of bass guitars. In addition, the company has developed an extensive distribution network throughout Germany and Austria to represent and distribute products from leading companies from Europe and the USA. Names such as Engl amps (not in Austria), Rotosound strings, Rickenbacker, Seymour Duncan, and Heritage are just a few of the premium brand names represented by the Warwick organization.
In 1995 Warwick moved to Markneukirchen in the Saxon Vogtland to capitalize on the centuries-old tradition of instrument building in the region. As a result, Warwick can count on a level of skill and craftsmanship from its workforce that few other firms can match. The construction of the new plant provided an opportunity to install state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment, giving Warwick a technological edge to go along with its well deserved reputation for fine hand craftsmanship. Today Warwick produces a staggering array of instruments with a quality level and consistency that is matched by few instrument makers world wide.
Since its inception in 1982, Warwick has grown and thrived due to the personal efforts of its workers and esteemed business partners. The company is highly optimistic and is looking forward to a successful future in spite of the current weak German economy. It is the attitude of its employees, its global business partners and a worldwide base of loyal consumers that has made Warwick what it is and insures the future.
In 2007, Warwick is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Despite ever-increasing competition, Warwick can face the future confident that it has the wherewithal to succeed. Warwick´s products are sold in almost 50 countries. In 1996 the company opened an office in Shanghai in anticipation of future market and procurement opportunities. It is one of the world´s most highly regarded makes by bass players of every persuasion, and it is the only German or European manufacturer of stringed instruments in the Rock and Roll business that has proved capable of sustaining a premium position in the world marketplace.
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