The Warwick Buzzard Bass

The following information and pictures are used by permission of Dale Titus of Warwick Basses.
http://www.warwickbass.com/news/37.htm

John approached Hans Peter Wilfer, founder of Warwick Basses, to create a special bass for in in 1985.  Between the two of them, they designed the Buzzard's unique design.  Later, in a London nightclub called "Maggie's" and decided to name the bass "Buzzard".  Below are some pictures of early prototype Buzzards.

Warwick Buzzard 8-string prototype Warwick Buzzard prototype 1988 Custom Warwick Buzzard 8-string

It has been reported to me that Warwick produced about 100 Buzzards.

The Warwick Buzzard bass. The Warwick Buzzard bass.

The Warwick Buzzard bass.

The Warwick Buzzard bass.
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Rock Stars Guitars

 

Warwick Buzzard #17.   The Warwick Buzzard bass.   The Warwick Buzzard bass.

 
The Warwick Buzzard bass. Warwick Buzzard #17. The Warwick Buzzard bass. The Warwick Buzzard bass.
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Rock Stars Guitars

The above wood grain and white Buzzard are currently available for purchase from Rock Star Guitars.  The wood grain Buzzard is #17 out of the series of Warwick Buzzards.

As you'll observe from the above Warwick Buzzards, the volume control is located near the upper or little wing.  Going downward to the next knob is the fader (balance) with center detent, followed by the EQ knob.  In later models, this particular knob became a stacked 2 band EQ.

The following pictures are courtesy of Bobby Devlin and his Warwick Buzzard bass.  The woods are Zebrano (Zebrawood).  The neck is made of seven pieces of Zebrano and Wenge with a seperate Wenge fingerboard.  Abalone Arabic numeral fret markers are highlighted by Mother of Pearl stars on the 12th & 24th frets.  The electronics are by MEC.  This particular Buzzard bass is #75 of 100.  40 were painted and 60 were oiled.  Only the first 20 had the Entwistle trademark forward master volume knob with top mounted jack.

Bobby Devlin's Warwick Buzzard Bass.    Bobby Devlin's Warwick Buzzard Bass.    Bobby Devlin's Warwick Buzzard Bass.

Warwick has reissued  the Buzzard line!
Click HERE for more info.

Warwick has released for production 4 different models of the Buzzard starting in February/March of 2003.

4 string bolt-on (P-P pickups with MEC preamp)
5 string bolt-on (J-J pickups with MEC preamp)
4 string natural finish neck through
4 string high polish flip-flop neck through

And for you lefties out there, these models are available for left handed players!

The bolt-on neck versions differ slightly from the original Buzzard.  This is the first bolt-on neck model.  All previous versions of the Buzzard are neck through.  Secondly, these do not sport the familiar buzzard beak on the headstock.  Rather, the headstock resembles the common Warwick headstock used on their other models.  Thirdly, these feature either P-P or J-J pickups.
For more information and technical specifications, click on the link below.
http://www.warwickbass.com/basses/buzzard_ltd.html

The Buzzard LTD 2003 series most closely matches the versions that John Entwistle played.
For more information and technical specifications, click on the link below.
http://www.warwickbass.com/basses/buzzard_ltd.html

 

Click HERE to view Vinnie Simonette's visit to the 2003 NAMM festival with pictures of various Warwick basses with Hans Peter of Warwick.


Warwick has also released the custom version of the Buzzard that only John Entwistle owned.
Click HERE to view the press release on it.
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Front View | Rear View | Headstock | Detail View | Body