What image do you have of Warwick basses? Small body, downward facing pegs, carefully selected wood, unique paint, etc. As well as the sound, it’s lately equipped with a unique MEC pickups instead of EMG, giving a dynamic and gorgeous impression unique to the active basses. It's a design that you can tell at a glance that it's a Warwick.
No wonder, they produce not only their own brand pickups, but hardware of course, knobs, nuts, and truss rod covers. This time, I’d like to introduce some of their excellent parts.
t’s a graphite nut. It’s overwhelming more durable than plastic and doesn’t need frequent replacement. Low friction and good sustain. It's a bit like the brass nuts I'll mention later, but the sound feels less shrill.
Brass is very conductive providing a smooth sustain and rich overtones. Since the strings are also metal, the durability is outstanding. However, it may rust due to deterioration over time, so frequent care is required. Both of them are difficult to process compared to other materials such as plastic, but it’s safe because it’s Warwick's genuine replacement parts. By the way, the most amazing thing is that the height is adjustable. You can adjust the nut height via hex key screws on both sides of the nut.
A uniquely designed bridge combined with a sustain block. Not only the height of each string, but also the spaces between the strings are adjustable, so you can find your favorite settings.
■ Machine head buttons
These are what I wanted to introduce the most because I love wooden parts. It comes with screws, so it can be replaced immediately. Also, the screws are available in 3 colors, black, gold, and chrome, so you can match them with your pegs. It's not just the design that the Warwick pegs are downward facing, but it’s meant to make it easier to tune. It's wonderful to see the compassion for users in every detail.
Wooden knobs are rarely seen for some reason. This is a 6 mm diameter metric size shaft with the side screw. Fortunately, it’s compatible to non-Warwick basses! As long as the shaft diameter matches, it should fit either metric or inch size for split shafts, and metric size for solid shaft. The stacked knob is also available.
■ Truss rod covers ー
All Warwick basses are equipped with the original truss rod cover. I think the flamed maple is rare even for wooden parts. It would be fashionable with the truss rod cover replaced as an accent.
The lineup of replacement parts that lets you freely adjust in pursuit of playability and sound, and the product lineup that allows users to customize their basses as they like. I think that’s the reason why the Warwick basses are loved by many players among the modern-style basses.