German maker Warwick is offering a wide range of different bass amplifiers alongside their famous basses.
One of their newest products is the Warwick LWA 1000 – an ultra-compact, yet very powerful amp head.
The Warwick LWA 1000 (current price in Finland: 789 €) is small and lightweight enough (2.75 kg) to fit into many gig bags. Optionally, you can also get a rack installation kit or a padded shoulder bag for this head.
As hinted at by its name, the LWA 1000 offers you up to 1,000 Watts of power (into a 4 Ohm cabinet, 500 W into 8 Ohms). Warwick have managed to squeeze this all into a compact package by using a Class D power amplifier.
Warwick’s two-channel preamp has been transplanted from their Hellborg-series, and promises to offer audiophile sound quality from its low-noise Class A circuits.
The two channels of the LWA 1000 are identical, and they can either be used to amplify two different instruments (each plugged into their own input) or to offer two different sounds for use with a single bass (a footswitch comes included with the amp).
There’s a four-band EQ section in each channel, offering up to 12 dBs of cut/boost per band.
The last link in the preamps’ signal chain is Warwick’s easy-to-use compressor.
The master section offers an auxiliary input to feed your mp3-player into, as well as a headphones output for silent practice.
The stylishly understated look of the Warwick LWA 1000 calls to mind high-end HiFi-equipment. You can get the amp head in two finishes – brushed aluminium and matte black.
”Lightweight and compact” doesn’t equal ”stripped-down” in the LWA’s case – this is a fully featured bass amplifier:
Of the four jacks on the back panel one is the tuner output, two are used for the effects loop, and the last one is an unbalanced, line level output. This Warwick head also sports a built-in DI-box with its dedicated Pre/Post-switch, as well as a ground lift switch for safe earth loop breaking.
In addition to the amp head itself (and its power cord), the package includes a footswitch and a long, pro-quality TRS-lead (aka a stereo cable).
You use your regular instrument lead to connect your bass to the footswitch, and the TRS-cable goes between the footswitch and either one of the LWA 1000’s channel inputs. The TRS tip carries the bass signal, while the ring connection is used to switch between amp channels.
I tested the Warwick LWA 1000 through a Warwick WCA 410 cabinet.
The pro-quality WCA 410 (current price in Finland: 380 €) is a chunky bass-reflex cabinet, equipped with four ten-inch speakers and a four-inch treble horn.
Warwick’s LWA 1000 offers truckloads of ultra-clean, quality bass tone in a very compact format. In contrast to many other bass amplifiers the LWA adds only very little unwanted colouration to your instrument’s tone.
Some bassists rely on certain sonic artifacts from their amp for their own signature sound (like tube saturation or distortion, or a non-linear frequency curve), and this is as valid an approach as others (rock on, guys!). Others – myself included – get their kicks from just the type of clean and linear amplification the Warwick LWA 1000 head provides.
The channel EQs work like a dream and the built-in compressors are musical and intuitive to use.
In the studio you will appreciate this head’s processor controlled ventilator, which works very quietly, and only springs into action when needed.
The sound clips I have recorded will give you a good idea of the sheer power this Warwick provides. If you listen closely, you can hear the metal grilles of the studio’s air conditioning system rattle along with the playing in places:
Warwick’s LWA 1000 is just my kind of bass amplifier. The sound is very clear and dynamic, and there’s enough power on tap to shut up your guitarist.
Warwick LWA 1000
Finnish distributor: Musamaailma
+ ultra-clean tone
+ footswitch included