This was my second visit ever to New York City, and of course I was determined to return to the Warwick&Framus custom shop as soon as I could hit town! I have great memories of last years’ visit – my first – and equally happy memories of this year’s.
While my previous visit was on a bitterly cold day at the end of March 2013 (see http://wp.me/p2ZbyY-3f), in 2014 I went on a glorious, sunny, very hot and sticky day in mid-July. In both cases, I forgot about the weather as soon as I stepped in, and immediately got into my kid-in-a-sweet-shop mode. 😀
The by now familiar – to me – Warwick shop front
The bass section of the window – A Corvette, a Starbass, and a Streamer
The Framus section of the window – there is even a lefty model – yay! 🙂
The spectacle inside the shop was every bit as breathtaking – and GAS-inducing – as I expected. The bass section of the shop covers the left side of the room – and I do mean “covers” – as well as most of the area in the middle.
Snapshot of the central section of the bass wall – Lefty Corvettes, Streamers, Thumbs, Starbasses, Infinities, Dolphins, TM Stevens, Stuart Zender, Adam Clayton and Jonas Hellborg signature models and, last on the right, two new Fortress LTD models, with a Thumb SC.
Thumbs, Katanas, and Corvettes at the top, Streamers at the bottom.
Infinities, Dolphins, a red fretless Jack Bruce, TM Steven’s Streamer, Adam Clayton’s model, a pink Jonas Hellborg model, and more. Not to mention the amps, and the two Starbasses, the Vampyre and the Streamer in the bottom stand.
Before we turn around any more, a more detailed look at The Wall of Bass 🙂
This was the top row.
Thumbs, up! 😉
Five- and four-string Katanas and Corvettes
Two lefty Corvette models too!
The dark coloured one is the Stuart Zender model.
And this was the bottom row.
Three Starbasses and two Streamers
Despite my injured wrist, I couldn’t resist hugging a lefty Corvette just like the one I have at home (albeit in natural). Couldn’t play a note, mind (too painful), but I’m sure my potential audience of two long-suffering fellow bassists didn’t mind.
Bluejay with her kid-in-a-sweet-shop look, a lefty Corvette Standard, and lots of Streamers covering her back
To the right of the entrance we are welcomed by the Framus section. I’m glad I don’t play guitar or my GAS would have been doubled and caused me to explode there and then…
A wall covered in Framus guitars
Framus guitars and amps
There were more basses scattered around the shop!
Wouldn’t mind being abducted by one of these, provided it was a lefty
Photos of Warwick’s star endorsers, plus a Framus guitar, overlook the counter.
And this is our ever-patient guide and sales assistant, Dave!
“Hey Bluejay! You get inordinate GAS and take a billion photos every single time you visit – am I right?” Absolutely, Dave – and I wouldn’t have it any other way 😀
Gorgeous vintage Framuses – and a Thumb
A Vampyre and two Triumphs Lite. One of those Triumphs in lefty – now available on request! – is my next GAS object.
More awesome vintage models
Another TM Stevens model, with single-coloured strings this time
Most of the amplification in the shop is Warwick for bass, but the few Framus units can pack a punch too.
The Warwick Amps section behind the window
The Framus stack in the corner can hold its own, though.
I managed to drag myself out of the shop after spending nearly an hour there, and curb my GAS too, since I’m already the happy owner of no fewer than four Warwick bass guitars. Oh, but I will be back, of course I will be back… 🙂
“Help! With basses in front of me and amps behind me, I really don’t know where to look to avoid GAS…”