Likely to prove show-stopper for bass players is the Corvette $$ Neckthrough LTD 2019 Masterbuilt, which will be available as 4 or 5 string models. This instrument features a top and matching headstock from Californian buckeyeburl, with natural satin/multicolor chrome acrylic finish. The body is made of swamp ash and the machine knobs of wood. The maple neck with ekanga veneer stripes meets the body in a hidden neck through construction, the tigerstripe ebony fretboard features 24 jumbo bronze frets, Yin Yang fretboard inlays and illuminated side dots.
Two passive MEC MM-Style humbuckers with metal housings work together with active Warwick 2-way electronics, rechargeable lithium battery and controls for volume, balance, treble & bass as well as two 3-way mini-switches for the two humbuckers (in series/parallel/single coil).
News from Warwick’s Masterbuilt range is that from 2019 all Warwick Masterbuilt Custom Shop basses will be equipped with pickups with metal housings and Schaller tuners.
As in previous years, the Masterbuilt Corvette $$ LTD model is accompanied by a “Made in Germany” Teambuilt Pro Series version. The Corvette $$ Bolt on LTD 2019 Teambuilt will also be available as a 4 or 5 string bass. The body is also made of swamp ash, with a textured Californian buckeye burl-top with natural satin/multicolor chrome acrylic finish. The 3-piece maple neck with ekanga veneer stripes is bolt on; it carries a tigerstripe ebony fingerboard and is equipped with 24 jumbo frets and illuminated side dots.
Like the Masterbuilt model, two passive MEC MM-style humbuckers with active Warwick 2-way electronics and controls for volume, balance, treble & bass as well as two 3-way mini-switches for the two humbuckers (in series / parallel / single coil) are installed.
Meanwhile, the Warwick Masterbuilt Sklar Bass I Signature will also be available from 2019 as an Artist Series Teambuilt 4 string model, optionally in vintage sunburst transparent high polish or burgundy blackburst transparent high polish finish.
Last year the Framus Idolmaker got a Warwick Masterbuilt and a Teambuilt model counterpart each. In 2019 the Idolmaker Bass will be also available as a 4 string and 5 string RockBass instrument.
The RockBass Idolmaker is equipped with mahogany body, carved body shape, bolt-on maple neck, wenge fingerboard, Warwick Just a Nut III Tedur nut, 20 nickel silver frets, Warwick security locks as well as passive MEC vintage single coil pickups, active RockBass 2-way electronics and controls for volume, balance, treble & bass.
Under the RockBass label there will also be a Sklar Bass I in the Artist Line this year. This features a mahogany body with AAA Flamed maple top and carved body shape, the set neck is maple. The tigerstripe ebony fingerboard is equipped with 21 frets, the electronics offers two passive MEC vintage single coil pickups, an active RockBass 2-way electronics and controls for volume, balance,
Finally, from 2019 all RockBass Alien models will be manufactured exclusively with solid spruce tops, in satin finish and with thumb rest. Included is a RockBag.