Warwick Boss Gifted Anniversary Thumb Bass

by Ronnie Dungan • in
  • MMR Global
• Created: December 19, 2018

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Having recently celebrated the 70th anniversary of Framus  and Warwick’s 35th, company founder, Hans-Peter Wilfer celebrated his 60th birthday by being presented with a bass built on the original design of the firm’s iconic Thumb Bass.

The instrument is based on the original design of the Thumb Bass and is made high-grade tone-woods, some of which had been stored for up to 30 years: The body’s back is pommelé bubinga. The neck-through construction with seven stripes combines wenge and bunge (bubinga) with a white maple veneer. The fingerboard’s marbling originates from a piece of ebony heartwood. The bubinga burl top features a wane part, while the matte UV satin finish transforms into a shiny UV high polish finish.

In addition, a trail of gemstone inlays is decked out over the body frontside and fingerboard, following the dynamics of the wood design. Gold-set sapphires back-lit by LEDs have been used for the dot inlays and side-dots. On the ebony pots, diamonds mark the positions. Real gold applications embellish a framed inscription on the cover of the electronics compartment, the truss rod cover, and the diamond-studded W-logo on the headstock.

Warwick says the planning and building of the birthday bass in the Custom Shop in Markneukirchen, Germany were kept top-secret from Wilfer before its ceremonial presentation. The bass is said to be worth in excess of US$170,000 and will be on display at next year’s NAMM show in Anaheim.

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