BY DAVID ABDO
Here’s a trivia question for you: Who was the first major endorsee amongst
Warwick’s immense roster of bassists? As
the title of this review might suggest, it is
the legendary Jack Bruce. Best known as
the bassist and vocalist for Cream, Bruce’s
virtuosic musicianship and vocal offerings
from the seminal power trio were massively
influential, arguably to the levels of his
bandmate Eric Clapton.
Jack Bruce has played Warwick basses
since 1985, leading to his first signature
model with the company in 1988. And
recently, another product of this longtime
to hear audio clips of the bass at
collaboration made its debut at the 2012
NAMM show. A bass that takes on the
characteristics of its master, the German-built Jack Bruce Survivor exudes classic
looks and a warm, lyrical persona.
Pieces of Bruce
The Jack Bruce Survivor is a clear combi-
nation of Bruce’s past and present basses.
While the body is influenced by one of his
earlier instruments (the Gibson EB- 3), the
neck, electronics, and hardware represent
Warwick’s approach to Bruce’s modern
preferences. Both the body and the neck
on this neck-through-designed beauty are
constructed from mahogany, and the tiger-
stripe-ebony fingerboard is available in both
fretless (tested here) and fretted versions.
Warwick 2-piece bridge
On/off switch for LED side markers