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History of Warwick (Especially the Thumb NT)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by stompfrog, Dec 6, 2005.


  1. I have heard lots of snippets in many threads about the first warwick thumb, then the second coming and then the new one with the 3 band EQ and then that the late 80's early 90's being best etc etc etc blah blah blah....

    Does anyone know a website which outlines the history of the warwick thumb? After getting my new NT 4 a week ago I can't put it down and want to know more about it. It is at least 93 but maybe earlier?

    Serial on headstock looks like this...


    G 3031
    9

    What other clues can i give you... Ovangkol body, 7 piece wenge and ovangol neck brass frets (26) and nut, 2 piece bridge. 2 band stacked EQ pot, blend and push/pull volume. Original MEC J/J p'ups and active electronics.

    Can anyone help?

    Are their any photos I could take of specific parts of the bass to help you guys identify the year??
     
  2. Aj*

    Aj*

    Jun 14, 2005
    West Yorkshire, UK
    If it was really early model (ie. late 80s), it would have Bartolini J/J pups so I'd guess your estimate of the age is probably about right but I'm no expert.
     
  3. Woodchuck

    Woodchuck

    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    The earlier ones also had bubinga bodies.
     
  4. Mine has a bubinga body but I am pretty sure the pick ups are MEC


    Thanks for the contributions :hyper:
     
  5. is it wrong to feel sexually attracted to Warwick Thumbs?
     
  6. jive1

    jive1 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 16, 2003
    Alexandria,VA
    Owner/Retailer: Jive Sound
    I thought the early models had EMG pickups
     
  7. Daywalker

    Daywalker

    Apr 13, 2005
    SOCAL
    Yes Jive, they did...
     
  8. Frank Martin

    Frank Martin Bitten by the luthiery bug...

    Oct 8, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary, EU
    The earliest I've seen was from IIRC 1987, and it had EMGs and a one-piece Schaller bridge. But bubinga and wenge were already there, even though I remember some cherry-bodied ones, too.
     
  9. Aj*

    Aj*

    Jun 14, 2005
    West Yorkshire, UK
    Well I saw a 1987 with Bartolinis, it had the single piece bridge but the Barts were confirmed as origionals.
     
  10. alexclaber

    alexclaber Commercial User

    Jun 19, 2001
    Brighton, UK
    Director - Barefaced Ltd
    My 1987 Streamer has EMGs and a one-piece Schaller bridge. Wenge fingerboard, 5 piece wenge/cherry neck and a cherry body. I've seen even earlier ones with Spector-style headstocks and straight tuners.

    Alex
     
  11. Only if yer not into asymetrical bodies that aren't evocative of a woman's curves, the way a P-bass (or even a Warwick Corvette bass) is.