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Old 08-09-2010, 02:11 PM   #1
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Warwick and Adam Clayton

As pointed out, there are new Warwick bass guitars for the 2010 start of the U2:360 tour.

Seems that Adam has taken a liking to the craftsmanship at Warwick. Although, I'd heard (from a reliable source) that there was supposed to be a FENDER Adam Clayton signature bass coming out.

Is Adam is trying to catch up with Edge in the gear department?


NEW | U2:360 2010

- WARWICK | Reverso | Signature model | 2010 | natural
- WARWICK | Reverso | Signature model | 2010 | Triumph Gold 3-layered High Polish
- WARWICK | Star Bass | 2010 | Triumph Gold 3-layered High Polish

NEW | U2:360 2009

- WARWICK | Buzzard | 200x | black
- WARWICK | Streamer Stage I | 2009 | brown - [Used for Electrical Storm during early U2:360 performances - 2009]
- WARWICK | Streamer Stage II | 2009 | natural birdseye finish - [heavily customized w/bigger body - 6-string body with 4-string neck) // 200x // birdeye maple[seen during 2009-07-20 Amsterdam U2:360 show; used for "Sunday Bloody Sunday"] - (More information forthcoming).]
- WARWICK | Custom Streamer $$ | 2009 | gold glitter sparkle - [w/Seymour Duncan Vintage pickups (Wound personally by Seymour Duncan!) [First seen during U2's appearance at the Nov 5th show at Berlin Brandenberg Gates.] - (Per Warwick: "It is actually a custom Streamer $$, with maple fb wood, black block inlays, maple neck, swamp ash body, custom wired Seymour Duncan pickups, full passive electronics, but with a custom wiring. And a nice special Gold Flake finish.]
- WARWICK | Stryker | 200x | black
- WARWICK | Reverso | Prototype # 1 | 2010 | natural - [(2) sets of mirror/split pickups] - 3-way electronics w/passive mode. both pickups working.
- WARWICK | Reverso | Prototype # 2 | 2010 | natural - [(2) sets of mirror/split pickups] - 3-gold knobs in succession. 1-gold knob near neck. 3-way electronics w/passive treble/bass control.
- WARWICK | Reverso | Prototype # 3 | 2010 | natural - [(2) sets of mirror/split pickups] - Passive electronics, only. Volume knob. (2) chickenhead/peghead knobs for changing capacitors. Stacked trebel/bass knob. Only the neck pickup is working.
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Old 08-09-2010, 02:14 PM   #2
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Adam Clayton Custom Shop Star Bass




There was even more gold for the Warwick Star Bass II, when none less than Adam Clayton from the Irish rock band U2 ordered a custom shop version of the semihollow classic. Whether the U2 bassist was inspried by his Gold records when choosing the finish is not known. It is a fact, though, that the Star Bass II is "draped" in an exclusive high polish finish named `Triumph Gold 3-layered ´, which is continued on the headstock. Top, sides and bottom of this Star Bass II are made of flamed maple of AAA quality. The fretboard consists of Tigerstripe Ebony with decorative mother of pearl block inlays.

The Star Bass II is fired up by two passive MEC Star Bass single coil pickups and passive MEC electronics. These single coils have been specially developed for the Star Bass by MEC owner Vlado Hansal. Apart from its extraordinary finish this Star Bass boasts some other special features: a graphite nut, Dunlop 6230 nickel silver frets and Schaller security-locks. Last, but not least: All that glitters is gold after all! The bass's rich golden finish is beautifully completmented by gold hardware.


ADAM CLAYTON STAR BASS II #365

Construction: Set-neck
Matched Headstock: Triumph Gold 3-layered High Polish
Machineheads: Warwick
Nut: Graphite
Scale Length: 34"
Frets: Dunlop 6230 nickel silver
Fingerboard Wood: Tigerstripe Ebony
Fingerboard Inlays: Mother of Pearl block inlays
Neck Wood: Flamed Maple
Fingerboard Radius: 20"
Body Wood: AAA Flamed Maple top with solid sides
Finish: Triumph Gold 3-layered High Polish
Pickups: MEC passive Star Bass
Electronics: MEC passive
Control Knobs: Standard
Bridge System: Warwick 2-piece bridge
Strap Locks: Schaller security locks



Hardware colour: Gold
Weight: 4,3 kg
Special Features: Matched headstock Triumph Gold 3-layered High Polish

Graphite nut

Dunlop 6230 nickel silver frets

Tigerstripe Ebony fingerboard

Mother of Pearl block inlays

Triumph Gold 3-layered High Polish

Schaller security locks

Gold hardware

suggested Euro retail price * : 5.829,00 Euro
ID-Code: 090461XX14GPFMT3WW
* = for Germany, Austria, Swiss, UK, CZ, SK, Poland. Specifications and prices may vary

Click here for more info: WARWICK 'ADAM CLAYTON STAR BASS II'
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One of the first to show up in the studio for the NLOTH sessions were the black finish Warwick Buzzard and the black finish Warwick Stryker.

(I'm still looking for a bigger better picture of the Buzzard and Stryker)

Buzzard:
http://media.u2.com/flash/highlights/buzzard.swf

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WARWICK |Streamer Stage I | 2009 | natural brown finish



Adam only used this bass a few times, for 2009 / early U2:360 tour performances of "Electrical Storm"
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WARWICK |Streamer Stage II CUSTOMIZED | 2009 | natural birdseye finish







Adam seems to have only used this the one time, for "Sunday Bloody Sunday"; July 20th 2009 in Amsterdam
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WARWICK |Streamer Stage $$ CUSTOM | 2009 | gold flake sparkle finish
This bass has Seymour Duncan Vintage pickups (Wound personally by Seymour Duncan!)



Adam first used this bass during U2's appearance at the Nov 5th show at Berlin Brandenberg Gates.



Per Warwick: "It is a custom Streamer $$, with maple fb wood, black block inlays, maple neck, swamp ash body, custom wired Seymour Duncan pickups, full passive electronics, but with a custom wiring. And a nice special Gold Flake finish".
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WARWICK | REVERSO | Prototype # 1 | 2009 | natural satin flamed-maple finish
- (2) sets of mirror/split pickups - 3-way electronics w/passive mode. both pickups working. (4) knobs.




WARWICK | REVERSO | Prototype # 2 | 2009 | natural satin flamed-maple finish
- (2) sets of mirror/split pickups - 3-gold knobs in succession. 1-gold knob near neck. 3-way electronics w/passive treble/bass control.




WARWICK | REVERSO | Prototype # 3 | 2009 | natural satin flamed-maple finish

- (2) sets of mirror/split pickups - Passive electronics, only. Volume knob. (2) chickenhead/peghead knobs for changing capacitors. Stacked trebel/bass knob. Only the neck pickup is working.




WARWICK | REVERSO | Signature model | 2009 | natural satin flamed-maple finish

- (1) set of mirror/split pickups - Completely passive. With volume and stacked treble/bass knob. [First seen during U2's appearance at the Nov 5th show at Berlin Brandenberg Gates.] (More information forthcoming).




WARWICK | REVERSO | Signature model | 2010| Triumph Gold 3-layered High Polish finish.

- (1) set of mirror/split pickups [First seen during U2's appearance at the Aug 6th, 2010 in Turin, Italy.]

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Star Bass II use? So far it looks like he's using it for "Get On Your Boots" and "In A Little While".




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Adam Clayton Custom Shop Star Bass




There was even more gold for the Warwick Star Bass II, when none less than Adam Clayton from the Irish rock band U2 ordered a custom shop version of the semihollow classic. Whether the U2 bassist was inspried by his Gold records when choosing the finish is not known. It is a fact, though, that the Star Bass II is "draped" in an exclusive high polish finish named `Triumph Gold 3-layered ´, which is continued on the headstock. Top, sides and bottom of this Star Bass II are made of flamed maple of AAA quality. The fretboard consists of Tigerstripe Ebony with decorative mother of pearl block inlays.

The Star Bass II is fired up by two passive MEC Star Bass single coil pickups and passive MEC electronics. These single coils have been specially developed for the Star Bass by MEC owner Vlado Hansal. Apart from its extraordinary finish this Star Bass boasts some other special features: a graphite nut, Dunlop 6230 nickel silver frets and Schaller security-locks. Last, but not least: All that glitters is gold after all! The bass's rich golden finish is beautifully completmented by gold hardware.


ADAM CLAYTON STAR BASS II #365

Construction: Set-neck
Matched Headstock: Triumph Gold 3-layered High Polish
Machineheads: Warwick
Nut: Graphite
Scale Length: 34"
Frets: Dunlop 6230 nickel silver
Fingerboard Wood: Tigerstripe Ebony
Fingerboard Inlays: Mother of Pearl block inlays
Neck Wood: Flamed Maple
Fingerboard Radius: 20"
Body Wood: AAA Flamed Maple top with solid sides
Finish: Triumph Gold 3-layered High Polish
Pickups: MEC passive Star Bass
Electronics: MEC passive
Control Knobs: Standard
Bridge System: Warwick 2-piece bridge
Strap Locks: Schaller security locks



Hardware colour: Gold
Weight: 4,3 kg
Special Features: Matched headstock Triumph Gold 3-layered High Polish

Graphite nut

Dunlop 6230 nickel silver frets

Tigerstripe Ebony fingerboard

Mother of Pearl block inlays

Triumph Gold 3-layered High Polish

Schaller security locks

Gold hardware

suggested Euro retail price * : 5.829,00 Euro
ID-Code: 090461XX14GPFMT3WW
* = for Germany, Austria, Swiss, UK, CZ, SK, Poland. Specifications and prices may vary

Click here for more info: WARWICK 'ADAM CLAYTON STAR BASS II'
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Another shot of Adam playing his Warwick Star Bass II.

Seems he's been using it for (at least) "Get On Your Boots" and "In A Little While".

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Here's another picture that I found of Adam with the Streamer Stage One - in lovely dark brown colored oil finish.






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WARWICK |Streamer Stage I | 2009 | natural brown finish



Adam only used this bass a few times, for 2009 / early U2:360 tour performances of "Electrical Storm"
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does anyone know where to get these sparkle like belts that adam now uses.

i just got my custom gold sparkle precision bass and something like this would fit very nicely.

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does anyone know where to get these sparkle like belts that adam now uses.

i just got my custom gold sparkle precision bass and something like this would fit very nicely.

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Custom-made. Not sure who made Adam's.

Scott (bassist for U2 tribute, Joshua Tree) and his wife made his. He's got a few great looking straps.

You can see one in the picture below... That is Scott on the left. The fellow holding Scott's Warwick Reverso (Adam Clayton signature bass) is one the the head folks from Ashdown Amps (I don't remember his name off the top of my head)
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That's Mark Gooday, founder and CEO of Ashdown! He was celebrating his Birthday with his wife, Jane, in Las Vegas last March. Very nice couple!
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That's Mark Gooday, founder and CEO of Ashdown! He was celebrating his Birthday with his wife, Jane, in Las Vegas last March. Very nice couple!
Thanks Scott! I couldn't remember his name to save my life. (Sorry Mark, if you are out there)
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So much bassporn in this thread.
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So much bassporn in this thread.
I had you in mind when I made it. I know how you loves you some bass guitars and Adam Clayton.

More to come...

Idea was that I was marvelling at Adams new found interest, so it seems, with gear this tour. And while there are sparkly Fenders added to the stable, he seems to have a love affair with everything Warwick.

Can't blame him, as Warwick makes great bass guitars.
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I'm especially fond of the Warwick. And Stuart actually used it for his walk around the catwalk in Hannover! Usually it's only the purple precision, so it was a nice change.

I hadn't even noticed that golden Reverso. Shame Adam loves the Warwicks so much, damn his expensive taste! I'll never be able to afford one of them!

Sadly I don't have many new Adam pics as he barely walked over to Edges side.
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