Warwick Thumb 5 BO Wood

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Martinyeomans, Feb 6, 2014.

  1. Martinyeomans


    Mar 4, 2012

    I've been asked what type of wood this bass is made of and I can't say for sure. It's a 99 Thumb 5 Bolt On. I understand that some time during 1999 Warwick switched woods of the body/neck/fretboard from Bubinga/Wenge/Wenge to Ovangkol/Ovangkol/Wenge.

    The manual from 1999 says it is Bubinga but I'm not sure if that is the final word. The body and the neck appear to be different types of wood which, I think, would also support the idea that it is Buginga since, theoretically, the body and back of the neck would match better if it was made after the switch to Ovangkol. Or at least that's my theory. I've found conflicting info online though that makes me wonder.

    Any thoughts?

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  2. Martinyeomans


    Mar 4, 2012
    Here is a closeup of the neck/body.

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  3. sclift


    Oct 31, 2012
    Same as mine. Wenge neck/fingerboard and Ovangkol (I think) body.
  4. Well I can tell you one thing for sure: the neck and fretboard are BOTH wenge! By 99 wenge was being phased out in favor of ovangkol (as a NECK wood) so this is worth noting.

    The body looks to be ovangkol (I could be wrong) which would make this sexy beast ovangkol/wenge/wenge
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  6. GBassNorth


    Dec 23, 2006
    I have a '98 Thumb BO 5 that looks like the same body wood. As RC Collins noted yours looks like an Ovangkol body and Wenge/Wenge neck. It's a great combo and a killer bass. Play it proudly!
  7. bass10bfb

    bass10bfb Prophet Low End Provider Gold Supporting Member

    May 5, 2011
    Newport, TN.
    I have owned a ton of Warwicks including Thumbs. That one is for sure Wenge for the neck and fret board; I think the body is Bubinga; I had several with Bubinga bodies and they looked very similar to that one.
    Beautiful bass either way. I bet the tone kills with that Wenge neck!!!
  8. Garey

    Garey Supporting Member Commercial User

    Apr 23, 2003
    Northern California
    Artist Relations/Product Specialist: Mesa Boogie
    The body wood is Ovangkol, with Wenge/Wenge neck. (former Warwick Product Specialist) ; )