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a 'thumb-like' bass?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by ()smoke(), Mar 16, 2008.

  1. ()smoke()


    Feb 25, 2006
    any builders here that have created a bass for a customer with the intent of getting really close to a wenge warwick thumb sound and feel?

    just curious, as i'm starting to look at a 5 or 6 string in the future and weighing some potential options...wouldn't want a clone per say, but interested in what's been done
  2. Triad

    Triad Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 4, 2006
    Luthier - Prometeus Guitars
    As far as I know there are lots of german builders that made basses with Bubinga body and Bubinga/Wengé necks.
    The Wengé neck stripes are important to obtain that "grunt" in the sound. Pickups placement is very important as well.
    Wengé necks were used in early days from EKO, an italian factory. At the time Wengé was damn cheap and used mainly for flooring and furniture. Obviously lots of peoples used to think "Puah, it's furniture wood!". And they didn't sell as much as they did deserve. But now almost all builders use Wengé for necks! ;)
    The "feel" of the Thumb isn't very easy to copy: the small concave body, the neck/fingerboard shape... not an easy mission. Anyway Warwick hardware is now for sale so you can at least start with the right foot! :)

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