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 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.
Before we turn around any more, a more detailed look at The Wall of Bass 🙂
This was the top row.
And this was the bottom row.
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.
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…
There were more basses scattered around the shop!
And this is our ever-patient guide and sales assistant, Dave!
Most of the amplification in the shop is Warwick for bass, but the few Framus units can pack a punch too.
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… 🙂
I only started playing bass later in life, and I have chosen to do it just for my own enjoyment, without joining a band or playing live.
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