The story of Warwick and Framus began on 1st January 1946 when the "Fränkische Musikinstrumentenerzeugung Fred Wilfer KG" was founded in Erlangen/Bavaria.
FRAMUS was one of the most important manufacturers of electric guitars in Europe between 1946 and the end of the 1970s. The company was created by Fred Wilfer, the father of Hans-Peter Wilfer, who would create Warwick some years later...
Fred Wilfer was born in Schönbach in 1917. In 1945, when he heard about the expulsion plans of the allied forces, which were going to affect his homeland in south Germany as well, he decided to build up a new basis for his countryman and the music industry in the west.
The Bavarian government welcomed his plans and asked him to create all conditions needed for the settlement to Bavaria. The US military government in Bavaria gave him the permission in 1946 to found his company. Thus the "Franconian Music Production Fred Wilfer Investment Trust" was founded on January 1st, 1946, in Erlangen, which became the central location of instrument makers, who were displaced from Schönbach.