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Modified Warwick Thumb BO 5 2001 or Warwick Thumb BO 2003

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by mroz, Nov 30, 2020.


  1. mroz

    mroz

    Apr 27, 2017
    Good day Ladies and Gentlemen,

    I hope all of you going well,

    I planning to buy bass. My choice is Warwick Thumb BO 5.

    But i have 2 choices.

    First one is Modified Warwick Thumb BO 5 2001.

    - 3 band preamp
    - Hipshot machine heads

    Second one is Warwick Thumb BO 5 2003.

    All parts are stock original.

    Both basses are same finish.

    Body: Ovangkol
    Neck: Ovangkol
    Fingerboard: Wenge
    Finish: oil finish

    Both bass comes with hardshell case.

    Differences are just made year and few parts.

    Both are good condition and price is very similar. Just a few bucks.

    Please suggest me, should i buy which one ?

    Looking for your good suggestions:)

    Thank you,
     
  2. 5fingerfrenzy

    5fingerfrenzy Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2012
    Burlington, VT
    Got any photos? It may help..
     
  3. mroz

    mroz

    Apr 27, 2017
    Thank you for your reply.
     

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  4. The Hipshot tuners are a nice upgrade. Do you know which 3-band preamp is in it?

    At this point, it would really come down to how each of them feel and sound - one having a different preamp. The production years are close enough to each other than there shouldn’t be much difference between the two physically. Do you have access to play both?
     
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  5. BruceWane

    BruceWane

    Oct 31, 2002
    Houston, TX
    Yeah, Hipshot Ultralites are a nice upgrade - ESPECIALLY on a bass that is notorious for being neck-heavy. Knocking 5 or 6 ounces off doesn't sound like much, but I assure you that when you take that weight off at the far end of the neck it makes a huge difference in balance and comfort.
     
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  6. 5fingerfrenzy

    5fingerfrenzy Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2012
    Burlington, VT
    I agree with the last two comments. Go with the one with the tuner upgrade.
     
  7. mroz

    mroz

    Apr 27, 2017
    many thanks for your reply.

    i just checked with shipper. Three band preamp is original Warwick preamp. This means this Thumb BO have same preamp as Thumb NT.
     
  8. mroz

    mroz

    Apr 27, 2017
    Many thanks for your reply and advice.
     
  9. mroz

    mroz

    Apr 27, 2017
    Many thanks for your reply and advise.
     
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