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Ish x Warwick Dolphin SN TCS Custom Shop Endangered Species 5-String Bass Black Satin Ebony Fretboard Pre-Order

Serial Number: J164018-23

Ish x Warwick Dolphin SN TCS Custom Shop Endangered Species 5-String Bass Black Satin Ebony Fretboard Pre-Order

  • Free Continental USA shipping
  • Setup and inspected by our tech team
  • In stock, ready to ship

Regular price$7,585.00

We take trades from anywhere in the USA! Learn more about our trade-in process, or contact us to get your trade-in appraised.

We have 3 ways to finance:

Financing (like a credit card, with a credit check)

  • Affirm 0% financing up to $17,500
  • Klarna "as-low-as" 0% financing

To get started: add gear to your cart, start the checkout process, and then select Affirm or Klarna as your payment option. You will do a super easy credit app and be good to go!

Layaway (we hold the gear until its paid off, no credit check)

  • Layaway with 25% down with 90 days to pay, no weekly payments

To get started: contact us and we will send you a layaway contract to e-sign and 25% invoice.


We put a strong emphasis on fantastic shipping practices. After learning from shipping thousands of guitars, we have come up with a few shipping rules:

  1. We only ship instruments and amps with FedEx or UPS.
  2. All shipments (besides inexpensive accessories) are shipped with a signature required, no exceptions.  
  3. Instruments are packed so there is no movement in the outer box, and/or inside the case (this is the key!).
  4. Plenty of tape!
  5. Always have shipments on the truck the same (by 2pm ET) or next day.

You will receive a tracking number as soon as your order ships. Please note: Tracking numbers usually take 24 hours before they appear in FedEx/UPS/USPS systems.  All delivery changes (hold for pickup, address change, etc.) must be requested before your purchase leaves our store, otherwise, they are the responsibility of the customer.


You can return an item for any reason (simply just don’t like it, etc) 5 days from receipt of the item. This does not apply to international orders nor to instruments with custom modifications completed by our tech team per the customer's request (pickup change, strap button install, etc.) You will need to pay the return shipping cost and actual outgoing shipping cost (even if “free shipping” is offered), as well as applicable restocking fees dependent on your payment method.

If an item is damaged in shipping, we will always complete a return at $0 cost to you  (we will cover return shipping, and charge no restocking fee no matter the payment method, etc) AND/OR offer a partial refund to fully cover the issue. Please notify us within 48 hours of delivery if there are issues with your instrument. 

Please review our full return policy before purchasing.

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Ish x Warwick Dolphin SN TCS Custom Shop Endangered Species 5-String Bass Black Satin Ebony Fretboard Pre-Order

After 20 years, these Dolphins have been freed from captivity! Ish and Warwick have collaborated to bring you a run of 17 Warwick Dolphin SN's that were built 20 years ago but discontinued shortly after. Ish's Founder discovered that the bodies were being stowed away at Warwick's German factory for two decades, waiting to see player's hands - and we decided we had to take action. We are calling this once-in-a-lifetime run the "Endangered Species" since it will never happen again!

Included in the 17 piece limited run are basses in various configurations including:

  • (10) 4 string, natural oil finish with wenge board  $6605
  • (4) 4 string, satin black finish with wenge board  $6940
  • (1) 4 string, satin black finish with ebony board  $6940
  • (1) 5 string, natural oil finish with wenge board  $7035  
  • (1) 5 string, satin black finish with ebony board  $7585

Don't forget, Dolphins are discontinued from the Warwick German-made lineup everywhere besides Masterbuilt. If these basses were spec'd in Masterbuilt they would be approximately $12-14,000 along with a 2 year build time. This is your only opportunity to own a new Dolphin for less than Masterbuilt prices, and available now!

The overall spec of these basses is slightly different than their current Masterbuilt counterparts. The full specs of our Ish x Warwick run are listed at the bottom, but the main differences are:

Ish x Warwick Run

Nut Width 1.5" (4 string), 1.8" (5 string)

Width 12 fret: 2.1" (4 string), 2.4" (5 string)

Width 24th fret: 2.4" (4 string), 2.7" (5 string)

Traditional Fretwork

Body wood: Afzelia body, Sandwich - Construction with Ton Chamber System (TCS)

Electronics cover: easy access

Current Masterbuilt Dolphin

Nut width: 1.7" (4 string)

Width 12 fret: 2.2" (4 string)

Width 24th fret: 2.5" (4 string)

Invisible Fretwork Technology

Body wood: Ovankol

Electronics cover: matched wooden


Each bass is laser etched on the back of the headstock showing the Ish collaboration and the Special Edition build number: "1/17", "2/17", etc. ensuring collectability of this very special Ish x Warwick release.

While we poke fun at using dolphin puns, we are serious about the environment and the protection of the valuable plants and animals the Earth offers us. As part of our Ish Gives program, we are donating a portion of the proceeds to The Ocean Cleanup, who is using cutting edge technology to clean millions of tons of trash from the Earth's oceans, making a safer place for our porpoise friends. Please consider joining us in the support of this great cause!

*This is a pre-order listing for the exact instrument in the photos. Basses will be arriving to Ish in 2 batches, the bulk of them in mid-November 2023 and the rest in mid-December 2023. If purchased now, your bass will ship as soon as we receive it. Otherwise, each listing will be updated with more photos once we receive that specific bass. Shipping dates are approximate and not guaranteed. Our standard return policy applies to pre-ordered Dolphins.*


Specs for this specific serial number:

Dolphin SN TCS

Number of Strings: 5-string

Fingerboard: Fretted Ebony

Finish: Solid Black Satin

Weight:  TBD

Overall Ish x Warwick Dolphin SN TCS run specs:

Machineheads: Graph Tech Ratio Machine Heads with wooden pegs

Nut: Just-A-Nut III Brass

Neck Wood: Ovangkol

Fretboard: Wenge or Ebony depending on the specific serial

Inlay: Dolphin Inlays

Fluorescent Side Dot: Fluorescent Side Dots

Fingerboard Radius: 4-String: 20" / 5-String: 26"

Scale length: 34"

Width Nut: 4- String: 1.5" / 5 String: 1.8"

Width 12th fret: 4- String: 2.1" / 5 String: 2.4"

Width 24th fret: 4- String: 2.4" / 5 String: 2.7"

Fret quantity material and size: 26 Jumbo Bronze (extra hard) frets (width: 2.9 mm / height: 1.3 mm)

Frets: Non-IFT Traditional Fretwork

Body Shape: Curved Bodyshape

Bodywood (Topwood / Backwood): Afzelia body, Sandwich - Construction with Tone-Chamber-System (TCS)

Pickups: Active MEC J/TJ pickups

Electronics: Active MEC 2-way electronics

Bridge system: 2-piece solid Brass Warwick Bridge

Strap system: Warwick security locks

Construction: Set neck, Available as 4- or 5-string

Hardware color: Black hardware

String label / gauges: Warwick Black Label: 4-string: 045" - 105" (40200M), 5-string: 045" - 135" (40301M) 

Included accessories: Warwick User Kit

Packing: Handmade Genuine Leather Bag by RockBag (RB 20205 B W)

Certificate: Individually issued certificate of authenticity

E-Compartment Cover: Easy Access


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Fantastic company. Answered my email promptly and shipped very quickly! I highly recommend Ish Guitars!

Robert, PRS Custom 24 Piezo

Awesome transaction! I bought a pretty special guitar (previously owned by a famous guitarist), and Ish nailed it. Ethical dealer, quick ship, and fast responses. I look forward to doing business with them again in the future!

Devin, L'arrivee D-60

Awesome guitar. Came with a perfect setup and no issues. Would love to buy another guitar from you guys.

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