From raw wood to finished instruments: In our MAKING OF videos we show the production of Warwick Masterbuilt basses at the Custom Shop in Markneukirchen / Germany.
Warwick Masterbuilt Dolphin Pro I „Great British Bass Lounge“
The main focus of today’s MAKING OF video is a Warwick Masterbuilt Dolphin Pro I, which we have made for the distributor “Great British Bass Lounge” (www.greatbritishbasslounge.com). The Warwick Dolphin Pro I surrounds with a mystic and mysterious visual appearance, mainly due to the curvaceous Ovangkol* body. Neck and fingerboard are made of Wenge, the “Hidden Neck” is reinforced by three stripes of maple. 26 extra hard jumbo bronze frets are precisely set into the fingerboard with IFT (Invisible Fretwork Technology). Active MEC J/TJ pickups are used in combination with active Warwick 2-way electronics. The integrated lithium battery can be recharged via USB cable without having to unscrew the wooden cover. The bridge humbucker can be switched to single-coil via an additional mini-switch.
Other hardware details include: Just-A-Nut III brass nut, 2-piece solid Warwick brass bridge, Warwick Security Locks and stacked controls. The hardware is black, while the body has a natural oil finish. The Warwick Masterbuilt Dolphin Pro I comes with a handmade leather RockBag®.
Musically, this MAKING OF video is underlined by Warwick endorser Alberto Rigoni, who kindly provided us with his song ‘Kikazaru’.
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Ovangkol, because to its outstanding sound qualities is a suitable substitute for the greatly sought after, but ever scarcer, rosewood. Over the course of many years this noble tone wood has staked its claim in the Warwick Custom shop as useful for making high quality necks. It is therefore considered one of the building blocks of Warwick’s “Sound of Wood.” Ovangkol (bot.: guibourtia ehie) is native to West Africa, and found primarily in the Ivory Coast and Ghana. Ovangkol trees can grow to be up to 20 meters high with a diameter of up to 80 centimeters. Its core wood is a yellowish to medium brown and possesses a strikingly attractive striped grain pattern.
The broad textural spectrum of this wood is unique and spans from a harmonious dark brown color to a dark green to nearly black striped (and sometimes marbleized) structural appearance. It’s just as unique as the music itself that eventually derives from this wood, and just as unique as the people themselves who make that music. The striped appearance of this charming wood gives off an aura that is both mysterious and mystical, and that stems from its African heritage. Its dark brown tones, suggesting a natural affinity with the earth, also exude peace and serenity. The specific weight of Ovangkol is about 850 kg/m³.