Any chance I get a plane ticket to Europe, I go. I love Europe. Every country is awesome and Germany a one country I have a long history with.
In 1989, original Racer X drummer, Harry Gschoesser, flew me to Innsbruck, Austria for his wedding. While there I managed to go to Germany at the end of my stay. I cruised around Munich by myself, drinking the best German beer and enjoying the best bread in Europe. I have been there a lot since that initial trip but I grow more fond of that country with every visit.
On this recent trip, I was flown to Germany to attend the Warwick Bass Camp at their headquarters in Markneukirchen which lies near the Czech Republic. The hills of this area are beautiful and green, and the air is crisp. The company had a van that drops us off where they make the basses. We got a small tour and meet and greet and then it is straight to a dinner and live music.
The next day, we have a meet and greet with people who have attended the bass camp and then at night, more food, drinks and live music. I get to hang with my friends/bass legends Billy Sheehan, Jonas Hellborg, Rex Brown, Stu Hamm, Felix Pastorius, Bobby Vega, Jonathan Herrera, Hadrien Ferraud, Steve Bailey, Phil Chen, and Dan Spriewald. I also get to meet some really great bassists like Nick Schendzielos, Armand Sabal-Lecco, Marco Mendoza, Steve Lawson, Ryan Martinie from Mudvayne, Scott Reeder from Kyuss and Paolo Gregoletto from Trivium. All these dudes are incredibly cool and we just chilled and exchanged touring and bass stories!
The last night, Warwick put on a dinner for all the employees, instructors and attendees and we stuffed ourselves with some amazing food and more music but the best thing…We got performances by some legends, most notably, Abe Laboriel Sr. Abe literally silenced the room with his music and voice and I was touched to the core. He has that ability to transcend all activity and bring you in to his musical soul. He is a living legend to say the least.
After the party, Hans Peter invites me to stay longer because he wants to talk basses. I have been very interested in Jonas Hellborg’s signature series bass. Jonas did all the design and research himself and his bass is one of the most expressive and articulate instruments I have ever held in my hands. I spoke to Hans about getting one of these masterpieces and possibly more.
I wont give too much away but I will say that I do love the Framus instruments that Warwick was responsible for manufacturing before Warwick existed. I could see myself hitting my pedalboards with some of these classic designs. I went to the Framus Museum in the city and loved virtually every instrument in there.
If you get a chance, leave a comment here on this page if you are feeling these designs!