Warwick Electronics Makeover

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by melodiaopus, Feb 21, 2013.


  1. melodiaopus

    melodiaopus Supporting Member

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    I am looking to give me Warwick Thumb Bolt on a make over. But I am not very familiar with the types of preamps there are that will fit into my Thumb 4 strings. I was thinking about going with a Sadowsky Pre, Mike Pope, Aguilar. With some Delano pickups or possibly something different. I'm just not getting the tone out of my bass that I want. I have had it for over 10 years and just can't seem to hit the sweet spot.

    Help.
  2. tubehead2

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    Delano is a good choice. Anyway, you should check the size of the pickups in your warwick carefully before ordering.
  3. melodiaopus

    melodiaopus Supporting Member

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    Thanks for the input. I will have call Delano to see if they are familiar with the size of the warwick J-pickups.
  4. brotherbassj

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    Delano will work. I like the aguilar obp-3 in warwicks, especially a thumb. i have a riend that has used delano and that new filter preamp? acg i think is what its called?
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  6. tubehead2

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    They knows. I just order a set for my WW stage 2. ^^
  7. melodiaopus

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    I have heard a lot of great things about putting in an Aguilar OBP-3. Is the filter preamp ACG by Delano?
  8. melodiaopus

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    What pickups did you go with? Do the Stage 2 Warwicks have J's in them or are they soapbars?
  9. tubehead2

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    I have a pair of JC5 HE in my Stage 2 and they are J style pickup.
  10. dave2

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    I recently learned that if you change the pickups from the active MEC pickups installed in a Warwick to passive pickups you will have to change the pots too. The only active pickups I've been able to locate easily for my Thumb 5 are active EMG Js. I was told on the Warwick forum that the EMGs will sound nearly identical to the MECs already installed in the bass. So I may not bother with the EMGs.

    Soon I am going to install a 3 band preamp first in my Thumb 5. I'm unsure of which one though.... Delano? Nordstrand? there are so many choices. Then maybe pickups... which ones ? so many choices lol

    BTW, the Delano pickups (one J and one MM) and the Delano preamp in my fretless Warwick FNA 5 string sound perfect!

    Good luck.
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  12. melodiaopus

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    I think I'm going to get a Mike Pope Flexcore preamp installed with some Delano pickups.
  13. tubehead2

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    Please post the review. I really would like to know the result of that ^^
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    I think you'd be smart to make one change at a time. Either the preamp or the pickups, but not both. That way you can really judge the differences each component makes. If you change both and aren't happy with the sound, you won't know if the problem is the pickups or the preamp, or both.
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    +1 for matante's idea. That is why I thought I would start with a preamp. But which one?

    Dave
  16. melodiaopus

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    I think thats a great idea. Any recommendations on which active Delano pickups to try out on my Warwick? I like modern, not vintage tone. Fat, crisp, sparkle highs, and with piano mids.
  17. tubehead2

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    From what I know all delano pickups are passive.

    If your thumb are J/J pickups style, you only have 2 choice for modern tone, JC4 HE/M2 and JMVC 4/FE.

    http://www.bestbassgear.com/jc-4-series-pickups.htm

    I think JMVC 4/FE matched what u are asking for. ^^

    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f38/j-pickups-discussion-comparisons-91384/index44.html#post13622161

    http://forum.warwick.de/showthread....ith-Delano-JMVC-4-fe-m2-pups?highlight=delano
  18. matante

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    I think only a couple of companies make active pickups: EMG, Seymour Duncan, and MEC.

    If you don't like the tone you have why not try passive? Your pickups don't need to be active to get a modern tone.
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    I am familiar with the Aguilar OBP-3 which sounds outstanding in the warwicks I had it in.

    I have heard GREAT things about the ACG filter preamp and the Pope flexcores.......the ACG preamp apparently takes some fiddling with as it works a little differently on how it shapes tones........I personally would try the ACG, as its different and not such a "safe and easy" choice, meaning it works differently so is outside of my personal comfort zone............:D
  20. melodiaopus

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    Since the Flexcore is an active 18volt preamp, would I not be able to get this preamp? Plus with passive pickups, don't I lose a lot of volume using them?
  21. Spfairchild

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    Hey, in case you're interested, I made a Warwick preamp comparison video a little while back, comparing between the OBP-3 and the stock MEC III:



    If you have specific questions after watching that, let me know and I'll do my best to answer.

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