customizing a thumb?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jasonbraatz, Oct 7, 2001.

  1. jasonbraatz


    Oct 18, 2000
    Oakland, CA
    ok, i have a '98 thumb neck thru 5 string, and while i love it to death, i am a tinkerer by nature, and therefore, want to change some stuff. here are my plans:

    U-Retro Preamp
    DiMarzio Ultra Jazz 5 pickups with series/parallel switches
    Custom inlay at 12th fret
    Green side marker LED's and headstock W it bad to change stuff on a "high end" bass? i mean, i'll never sell it or anything, so resale value isn't a factor, but still...this is what i would have warwick build me if i wanted a custom bass, but is it better/cheaper to have everything customized myself?

    another thing, can i even get LED's in a neck thru bass after it's built without tearing the thing apart again?

    the electronics will happen soon, but otherwise i'm kinda dreaming/planning way in advance.

  2. You need to print a copy of your post, and keep it in a safe place, and then in years to come, when you try to sell the bass and find that nobody will touch it, you will be able to refer to it to remind yourself that the silly idea was your own. :>

    Not quite what you wanted to hear, I know, but there are so many great basses totally ruined by luthier-wannabees' "improvements". Hell, if you want a custom bass, sell the Thumb-5 and put the money towards one you can specify exactly...

    Hey, it's your $$$ - do as you wish...

    Good Luck -

    - Wil
  3. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Get a new special order Warwick.

    When you really love that thumb so much, why do you want to modify it?!? :confused:
  4. Luis Fabara

    Luis Fabara

    Aug 13, 2000
    Ecuador (South America)
    Audio Pro - Ecuador
    The first three options are ok.
    As long as you dont need to route the body to put those pickups.
    (A small Whole for the switches is acceptable)

    The inlay at the 12th Fret is just a great Idea. Just get someone good to do it.

    About the leds, you will screw up the bass if you do it.

    The fretboard would need to be removed, the neck routed for the wires, the same for the body, more batteries, etc etc.
    I wont do it. Just wont. It wont be the same bass in my opinion. A replaced fretboard is not a good thing.
  5. Freakapotamus9


    Jun 20, 2001
    i second this. dont risk destroying your bass just so it will be customized.
  6. I've got a totally different opinion here...

    Man, if that's what you want just go for it! Your Thumb, though a nice bass is really only midrange in value when it comes to players instruments. Having such a nice fit with your instrument is what really makes it worth thousands more. Besides, it'll be another 40-50 years before the Warwick MIGHT be worth what a '61 Jazz is today but I wouldnt count on it. Point being, you're really not modifying a classic so just make it your own! I would always cheer-on tasteful customization and your 12th fret design would be way to cool!

    Come on down to SetUp and get the ball rollin'

  7. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Warwick5S, I say go for it.

    But if you do the LED's, get a real pro to put a new fingerboard on for you. Don't skimp on that. Otherwise, the bass will not be as good as it was before you started.
  8. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    Remember, the slanted pickups will be longer than standard parallel-to-the-bridge pickups, so the ones you want may or may not work. You might have to get 6 string bar magnet pickups.
  9. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    Heck, I see nothing wrong with making a good thing better. If you think the improvements will make the bass better for you, GO FOR IT.

    As to the LED's, I would really do some checking into that before letting someone tear your bass apart like that. But if it can be done right, and the bass will retain its original playability/feel when done, it would be waaayyy cool.:cool:

    Good luck.
  10. Be carefull or you may end up with this.

  11. Thats is Fugly...but i would still play it just because it would get everyone off.
  12. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Hey man, go for it! As for the LED's PLEASE send to
    Sims in the UK, you'll have to ship it over there, but it's worth it. He has a FedEx account, and he'll have them pick it up from your home. As for the other stuff, I personally wouldn't do it, but hey it's your ax, and you have to be TOTALLY happy with it. If those modifications will do that for you, then go for it.
  13. I think you might impale your self on that thing If you trie to play it.:eek: :D