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Warwick Thumb 5-String Bass   

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The distinctive body design of the Warwick Thumb 5-String Bass is a favorite of players worldwide. The Warwick Thumb has many features that separate ...Read More

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The distinctive body design of the Warwick Thumb 5-String Bass is a favorite of players worldwide. The Warwick Thumb has many features that separate it from its peers. The ovangkol wood body is both beautiful and harmonically resonant. Its MEC active pickups and electronics give you the broadest range of tones and textures. 3-piece ovangkol bolt-on neck with wenge fingerboard. Black hardware. The bass includes deluxe gig bag.

  • Ovangkol body
  • MEC J/J active pickups
  • MEC active 2-way electronics
  • 3-piece ovangkol bolt-on neck
  • Wenge fingerboard
  • Black hardware
  • 24 frets
  • Includes deluxe gig bag

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Most Liked Positive Review


Classic Warwick growl. Nice focused tone!

I would have given it a ten in the features area, but it lacks a dedicated mid knob (as opposed to the neck-through model) which is something I have grown to prefer. This...Read complete review

I would have given it a ten in the features area, but it lacks a dedicated mid knob (as opposed to the neck-through model) which is something I have grown to prefer. This bass is really middy, so you might have to cut them on your amp EQ a little, but it helps it to stand out in the mix with out being too loud. Other than that, it is a great bass. No complaints. I actually like it better than the neck-through model because it has more focused and clear harmonics (common to bolt-ons) that makes it better for slapping. The range of the treble and bass controls are great. The slightest adjustment throws you into another realm of sound. The position of the pickups give it a killer slap tone. But, it is by no means a traditional tone, so it may take some getting use to. When soloing the bridge pickup, you may want to play with your amp EQ a little bit to keep it from sounding thin. My favorite pickup configuration is to play with the pickup pan at the middle for both of them to be equal. The way the bridge is made, unless you file the bridge a little, or use pliers to flatten the bottom end of your string, the only low b strings that will fit naturally are tapered ones, but you can get over that when you hear that growl of the low b. The neck is heavy as ****, but you get used to it quickly and forget all about it. The placement of the front strap buttons are not the smartest in my opinion, but hey, nothing is perfect. This is definitely a take charge bass, so if you aren't a take charge player in any aspect of the word, this bass might not be for you. Don't confuse take charge with down right overplaying, but it isn't for extremely laid back players. This isn't the bass for your grandpa who is used to his pre-CBS precision bass. This is for a new generation of funkateers! :)


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After 5 weeks, this bass began to fall apart. The body began to seperate along its lower seam so much so that you could easily see and feel the seperation as it was making...Read complete review

After 5 weeks, this bass began to fall apart. The body began to seperate along its lower seam so much so that you could easily see and feel the seperation as it was making its way from the control cavity towards the lower horn. The neck was very unstable and after repeated adjustments never came close to factory setup specs, even after over three turns on the truss rod. The truss rod was another issue. It made a clunking noise after every 1/3 turn and I suspect it was not seated properly or stripped. It was sent back to DBG, and after six weeks of waiting, their experts decided to put wood filler in the seperation and said the truss rod was fine. This ******* baseball bat was sent back to me, HA! This so called heirloom instrument is nothing more than another stamped out foreign hunk of crap with poor customer support. Then we have your money and you are "SOL" attitude tells me stay away from Warwick and Dana B Goods!

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THe best

By Nephilymbass

from Fayetteville, NC

I've owned everything out there and I always come back to this bass. Great balance, feel, and playability, Love the neck, I broke my hand in a motocross accident a few years ago so I hate flat (ibanez type) necks. Biggest thing I gotta say is this bass cuts threw the mix.



By Cavebazz

from Seattle WA area

I've owned it 4 yrs and the Warwick Thumb is my "moneymaker" bass, it's always there for me. Such focused, concentrated, chewy tone. I love the heavy wood feel and vibe, this bass is really alive. The low lows can bloom that rare beautiful, breathless, renfrangable presence in the room that touches souls or makes people move. What it does great: growling, powerful, heavy, dark, funky, spicy, slappy, or cutting tones, barks and high brraps. It massages your body and soul with the lows and a special buzz; it changes your voice to sound like it after your gig. The wood is beautiful to the ear, touch, and eyes. Excellent balance across all frets and strings. Excellent adjustability.Dislikes. But the great heavy 5-neck also makes it a neck diver, if that bugs you. The lower neck edges are too sharp for my taste and can make my fingers sore after more than one hour. I'm always fighting its very trebly tendency, requiring EQ work to prevent metallic or grating tone -- but note I'm also reaching toward organic, roots, African sounds these days and this bass is not naturally in that mode. It does not really do round, warm, fat-bottom tones, and I have problems with thin sound (xs treble and high-mid) in house PA unless I can cajole the sound guy to work with it. Through my own amps, it sounds more fantastic.I love this bass's vibe, and regret if I end up having to sell it because it doesn't suit the warmer end of my auditory spectrum.Peace and joy, fellow bass travelers, let's use our powers for good!


Dream bass

By DrumandBass

from Buffalo Minnesota

I avoided Warwick for the longest time because it was not only expensive but it was everyone elses dream bass. After going through Ibanez and Yamaha, I decided to give Warwick a shot. It made me realize things that where wrong with my other basses that I never knew could be wrong. This bass is amazing, and I can safely say Warwick makes the best basses around.


Great Bass!

By TitaniumBlastBeat

from Alexandria, VA

This bass is really great! The active controls allow for anyhting from a dull, bleak tone to a twangy, punchy slap tone. Though it's expensive, and the neck is thick, if you're looking for a reliable, versatile, and generally amazing bass, then there really is nothing better. Any style is playable. From jazz to deathcore.


The ultamate bass ever

By Muddude13

from Central, UT

Wow! this bass is flatout amazing. One of my friends told me about warwick so I decided to try the thumb. I fell in love after I tried it. I asked for the price. I was dissapointed(I couldn't afford it) but I would glady pay that much for one.



By Bass Playa

from Magnolia Tx

This bass is a godsend. It cuts through any mix but doesn't stick out. I gave it a 9 on features because the onboard controls are amazing. The pickup knob changes the tone drastically from neck to bridge and you can find your own sweet spot easily. The bass and Treble knobs are outstanding too. Their range is incredible. You can dial in anything from smooth bass to clanky metal sounds. The only reasons I gave it a 9 is there is no midrange control, and the passive mode on the "pull for passive" volume still requires a battery, and can't save my butt if I forget to change batteries, or if it died in the middle of a show. The value is a seven because, well, they're freakin expensive. The quality recieved a ten because everything was perfect. the frets were all level and the truss rod needed almost no adjustment. The bridge set up is really adjustable to any extent. Overall I gave it a nine because its an awesome insturment, but its expensive and the lack of mid control. It truely does growl like no other though =]


Warwick Thumb 5-String

By Gold Rush

from Madison, AL

I have been a working musician and educator for over 10 years now and a bassist for almost 5 years. The Warwick Thumb has been possibly the best Bass purchase that I've made. I have owned Ibanez, Fender, Dean, Peavey and Yamaha. I've played countless others in various situations. The Thumb bass tone is simply Fabulous. In my opinion, it's not the bass for every situation. Not really suited for Gospel music. Yet it handles every other music style perfectly. Yup, it's heavy!, but not so heavy that you won't get used to it. It is also a great value if you can't afford the Smith, Sadowski, or Roscoe. I highly recommend this bass to anyone looking for a high-end instrument.


The best bass out there

By cult 308

from New York

Everything about it from the quality to tone and how well it plays - all unmatched!


Awesome Bass

By Heavy P Bass

from Cottonwood, AZ

I simply have to say that after you play a warwick, everything else is like firewood. This is an awesome bass thats definitely worth the price. Great for any type of music your into.


envious of Owners

By A Misfit

from D~Town

I played this Bass at a local shop in CA, and I must say, it was the best one there. I don't own this bass, but I loved the song it had, it was rich, it was very boomy, and it slapped and popped like a freakin champ. It was not on sale at guitar center, though, so seeing it on here for less makes me wnat it very badly. To be quite frank, I would literaly give my right testicle to own this bass. Anyway, I am saving up for it, and right now I only have $***, but I'll get it some day, 'til then, I ill listen to more MuDvAyNe and cry myself to sleep over this guitar.

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