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Warwick Thumb Bass 5-String Bass

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The flagship of the Warwick line for years. Its compact, neck-thru bubinga body is ergonomically designed to be as easy to wear as it is to play. You...Click To Read More About This Product

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A classic with neck-thru design.

The flagship of the Warwick line for years. Its compact, neck-thru bubinga body is ergonomically designed to be as easy to wear as it is to play. You'll also find its active MEC pickups and 3-band active preamp to be studio-quiet and very flexible. 5-piece ovangkol and bubinga neck. Deluxe gig bag included.

FEATURES
  • Bubinga body
  • 5-piece ovangkol and bubinga neck
  • Neck-thru design
  • MEC active J/J pickups
  • MEC active 3-way electronics
  • 26 frets
  • Includes deluxe gig bag

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WarwickThumb Bass 5-String Bass
 
4.9

(based on 20 reviews)

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

superb bass

By bassman

from fl

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Comments about Warwick Thumb Bass 5-String Bass:

This is the best bass I have ever owned. I have MusicMans, Fender, G&l, Gibsons, Alembics, Carvins, and this is the best. It has the most quality sound ever. There is the combination of a solid fundementals due to the neck thru design, and growl from pickup placement. It is very expensive but I do this for a living and need a quality instrument. It is not perfect but it is so far the best compromise for sound, playability, and esthetics. If you can afford, buy it.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Spector is not better...trust me

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Warwick Thumb Bass 5-String Bass:

I don't know what that guy is talking about, this bass is uber nice, it's awesome i have no complaints, believe me i tried a Spector when i picked it up it was a load of crap, a bass like that for that much, i would rather get a a Squire instead of that, but this bass is awesome i plan to get one in the near future.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

End all bass

By Mitch B Thump

from Cinci, OH

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Comments about Warwick Thumb Bass 5-String Bass:

This is the end all bass. Nothing even comes close to the tone from this beast. Tone seems a little narrow at first but once you learn where the sweet spots are (i.e. hand position while plucking and pickup positioning and so forthe) the tones are limitless!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome, although...

By Mr Sauce

from San Diego, CA

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Comments about Warwick Thumb Bass 5-String Bass:

I upgraded from a 5-string Corvette (which I liked a lot), and although I had to sell my car to get the cash, it was totally worth it. The sound is impeccable, it plays awesome (i am primarily a finger funk player), and it looks great. HOWEVER...3 things. 1) I am a little surprised that it doesn't sit all that well on me. I am 6'4", so perhaps that's part of it, but the smaller body's center of gravity (in relation to the Corvette) means that, for me, it makes the bass drop towards my right side slightly, as opposed to sitting square. Not a huge deal, just a little surprising. 2) Warwick has a nuts next to the tuning pegs that allows you to set the action of the bass. It is propped up by two screws, one of which lost its thread. Fortunately, the shop I took it to was familiar with the problem and fixed it by forcing a larger screw through, but 3) i emailed Warwich twice for a replacement (just in case) and never heard back from them. Some customer service...That said, ain't going to stop me from playing it!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I Finally Got One... Used, but GREAT!

By Keeaumoku

from Honolulu, HI

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Comments about Warwick Thumb Bass 5-String Bass:

I recently purchased a 1999 Thumb-5 NT... a new one has always been out of reach for my pocketbook. This one that I got must've been frozen in time, as it is flawless. The way it plays, the feel of the instrument, and the tone... ahhh! that tone is amazing! ...all of this rightfully places this bass in the catagory of truly refined instruments. I can see why new 5-stringers are $3K plus. I just feel fortunate to have gotten my hands on an incredible used one for less than half the price of a new. If you really want one... you've got to do whatever it takes to go get yourself one. I find that it is a little heavy... mine weighs-in at 10.6 lbs., and it can be slightly neck-heavy. However, I consider these as insignificant issues, as I will get used to them. After all... it is the sound of the wood I paid for... no sense whining about a little weight on my shoulder!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

One of the best basses

By Humpy

from sydney australia

Comments about Warwick Thumb Bass 5-String Bass:

I have owned & played many basses over the years including alembic,modulus, carl thompson, darrin huff & m irruzzi. The thumb is up there with all of these custom jobs in just about every detail. This is my 3rd warwick & it never fails to deliver the goods, if your after a decent bass I'd recommend it in a heart beat.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This is the best designed bass ever

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Warwick Thumb Bass 5-String Bass:

This is the smoothest and best sounding bass I've ever played or heard.

 
5.0

best bass ever owned

By Funkmaster J

from Atlanta,GA

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Ive Been Playing 35 Years
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

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      Comments about Warwick Thumb Bass 5-String Bass:

      Ive been playing bass 35 yrs. Also own a G&L L2000. The Thumb NT is the Best bass I have ever owned. The tone is untouchable by any other bass out there. The Warwick Growl cuts through any mix.I will never sell this bass

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      my main bass

      By Nephilymbass

      from Fayetteville, NC

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      Comments about Warwick Thumb Bass 5-String Bass:

      I use this as my main bass onstage and in the studio with the bolt on 5 as my live backup. the sound is as solid as it gets. This bass will make a fender feel and sound like a toy. Get the instrument jack replaced asap as the original barrel jacks go out easy. they are neck heavy but I use a 4 inch wide leather strap and I can let it go and it doesn't move at all. For players that are more into fiddling above the 12th frett the bolt on actually cuts threw more high on the neck, but you can't top the low end on the neck threw.

       
      5.0

      I will never need another bass!

      By soulmind

      from Tucson, AZ

      Comments about Warwick Thumb Bass 5-String Bass:

      I have been playing bass for two and a half years and decided that I needed to get a bass that would last a lifetime and could achieve the sounds my ears desired. The design of the bass, from its beautiful wood and electronic components, is impeccable and I cannot express the joy I feel playing it. The only downside is that it is a bit neck heavy but since I play with the neck at such a low angle it doesn't bother me. It would, however, bother acoustic players who need to hold their bass vertically. Aside from that, it has the ability to create a myriad of sounds with its 3-band EQ, and always produces wonderful tones whether slapping, picking, or finger stroking.

       
      5.0

      get this amazing instrument

      By pickled a

      from wall nj

      Comments about Warwick Thumb Bass 5-String Bass:

      This bass has all you can ask for in a bass, the slap sound is great, the deep growl is awsome, and all the different tones it can produce is amazing. You will find a tone for the style of music you are playing. Not only does it sound great, its is very compfortable to play. The back of the bass has concave to fit your body.

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Gorgeous wood, huge snarl

      By Playn4Him

      from Roseville CA

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      Comments about Warwick Thumb Bass 5-String Bass:

      Recently scored an amazing deal on a 2007 Warwick Thumb 5 neck-through. Gorgeous wood and huge sound. Yes it's heavy, but not much more than average. I'm on the short side and it fits me well. A 3-1/2 inch sheepskin-lined strap keeps it in place. You do have to get used to reaching further for the low positions since it's long in the neck, but no more so than a 35-inch scale - I used to play a Schecter Stiletto Elite 5 and it had the same long-in-the-neck feel. The Warwick has major bottom end, lots of "snarl" but the active preamps give it enough versatility that you can make it thud for more of a classic rock sound. But it's perfect for funk and good for jazz. Not a great slapper - the taperwounds are part of the problem with their stiffness and odd harmonics so I recommend having the bridge modified for conventional strings. I'm planning to switch mine over to TI Powerbass strings (my personal faves) to add some warmth and "pop." But it will never sound like a bolt-on so you should have one of each. And it deserves to be played through something cleaner than an Ampeg!I gave it only a 4 on value just because they cost so darn much, but then it's pretty much hand-finished. And a 4 on features because of the cheesy plastic nut - go back to brass, please! Plus a bass in this league should really have an 18-V preamp. But overall it's a bottom-end monster.

       
      5.0

      you get what you pay for

      By littlepeopleunite!

      from boston

      Comments about Warwick Thumb Bass 5-String Bass:

      I wanted punch, and clarity. I got it. If you want a "P" sound, buy a "P" bass. If you want a "J" bass, buy a "J". I own a thumb 4&5, because I like many people have gotten addicted to the growl, and use it to define my own sound. The only gripe is that in order to get a decent slap sound you have to keep you strings changed often. Mainly due to the fact that it is neck thru, but I knew I was goin to lose a little attack when I bought it. Was it worth it, I think so. For most of my slap stuff I use a dirty blonde thumb. I have other big money basses, but the sound, fit(I am short) and playability, keeps going back to my thumbs. I would suggest the same. Also adjust the strap screws when you get one, they neck-dive like crazy.

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Decent bass

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Warwick Thumb Bass 5-String Bass:

      Hey this is a decent bass. I have played it and it has great tone for those of you who stick with the finger picking style of play, but it doesnt have the best slap sound. I am more favorable of the Warwick Corvette Standard; its cheaper and is perfect for slaping or finger playing.

       
      5.0

      Killer growl, tone, comfortable when standing up

      By Gearhead17

      from Tucson, AZ

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      Comments about Warwick Thumb Bass 5-String Bass:

      Next to the Corvette, this is the nicest bass that Warwick makes. The only reason I like the Corvette more is that it is more comfortable when sitting down.

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      dream bass

      By short T.

      from shorewood IL.

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      Comments about Warwick Thumb Bass 5-String Bass:

      A dream bass. close to perfection but expensive. If ya got the money to drop on a bass like this, you won't be let down. Only complaint is the tailpiece and bridge. It is made to handle tappered strings only. Most regular strings are too fat to fit. I had to have the nut slots widened.

       
      5.0

      The best bass I have ever played

      By Mojofilter-TP3Ox

      from Baltic, CT

      Comments about Warwick Thumb Bass 5-String Bass:

      I love the wood, the look, the sound - this is one nice bass!

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Awesome electronics

      By BigC76117

      from Ft Worth, TX

      Comments about Warwick Thumb Bass 5-String Bass:

      It's an awesome bass (electronics are sweet) BUT, I need a wider neck for my fat fingers, for my triples.

       
      5.0

      Just Perfect!

      By Rhadamanthus

      from Desoto, TX

      Comments about Warwick Thumb Bass 5-String Bass:

      This bass has the perfect sound, and it's so easy to play! The strings are very close to the pickups and any finger pressure produces sound. Can even be played with just my left hand. It's neck heavy, and that's something of a problem. I never made a better investment.

      (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Is not THAT awesome

      By Andrés120382

      from Quito Ecuador

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      Comments about Warwick Thumb Bass 5-String Bass:

      Let me tell you, I'm just being honest about what i feel about this instrument, it feels great, it looks great, the neck-thru body is beautiful and easy to setup, it sounds...great two, but not better tha some other basses priced at a half of this one, when i think about a USD 5000 instrument, it MUST be unbelievable, not just great.One more thing, theres not inlays, i dont like that

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