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Bass of the Week: Nick Schendzielos’ Warwick Custom Shop Infinity 5

Nick Schendzielos with his Warwick Custom Shop Infinity 5 Bass

Nearly every bassist loves to plan out their dream bass, and a lucky few get to see that dream come to fruition. This week we check out a beautiful Warwick Custom Shop Infinity that Job for a Cowboy/Cephalic Carnage bassist Nick Schendzielos pieced together. Based on the company’s Infinity body shape, Schendzielos picked out every aspect of the instrument, which he calls “Crazy amazing playable Earth-art.”

“I picked every little freakin’ detail on this thing out, from the extra slim neck profile, the extra jumbo bell brass frets, to the Hipshot Ultralite tuners with a D-tuner on the E-string (it’s strung E A D G C), to the pickup placement, etc.” Schendzielos shared. “When Warwick had me over for their Bass Camp in September, Marcus Spangler (head of production) took me through the factory and I actually got to pick the actual pieces of wood out. I really fell in love with the Black/White TigerStripe Ebony fingerboards…they have so much character it was tough to pick out of all those!”

He also chose to fit the bass with a mahogany body topped with Golden Madrone as well as a maple/bubinga/wenge neck. The pickups are a set of Nordstrand Big Splits matched with a 3-brand Nordstrand EQ that he chose with the help of fellow low-ender Stew McKinsey. The controls include a concentric volume/volume knob, a passive tone control, a mid control knot with push/pull functionality to adjust the frequency, and a stacked concentric bass/treble knob. The bassist then went above and beyond with a set of kill switches.

“I had Warwick put a kill switch in, then another kill switch that stays depressed and then turns the first killswitch into an “on” switch. It changes the way you play with it, sort of allowing two different types of manual tremolo.”

Finally, the bassist opted for blue side LEDs for visibility on dimly lit stages. Check out photos of Schendzielos sampling different fingerboards and the final product below.

Nick Schendzielos’ Warwick Custom Infinity 5 Photos:

Nick Schendzielos’ Warwick Custom Infinity 5 Specs:

Body wood:Mahogany
Top:3/8″ Golden Madrone
Neck Wood:Flamed Maple/Bubinga/Wenge/Bubinga/Flamed Maple
Fretboard:Black/White Tigerstripe Ebony
Matched Headstock:Golden Madrone and lacquering
Machineheads:Hipshot Ultralites with D Tuner
Nut:Just A Nut I Brass
Led Side Dots:Blue side edge LEDs
Fingerboard Radius:26″
Scale length:34″ (long scale)
Frets:24 Medium Jumbo
Pickups:Nordstrand Big Splits
Electronics:Nordstrand 3B-4a PREWIRED - 3 band bass preamp with volume/volume stack, tone (pull passive), mid (pull frequency switch), and treble/bass stack
Switch:Additional toggle for Kill Switch / On Switch
Bridge system:2-piece Warwick Bridge Brass
Strap system:Warwick security locks
Construction:Hidden neck
Color:Natural High Polish
Hardware color:Black
Weight:9.03 lbs