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My new baby! Warwick Thumb B.O. 5 (compliments of Tim Cole)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by incognito89x, Jun 29, 2004.

  1. incognito89x

    incognito89x ♪♫♪ ♪ ♪ ♫&#983

    Sep 22, 2002
    Royal Oak, Michigan
    Just picked her up this morning. 98 model, Wenge neck, Brass nut, all the goodies :)

    :eek: ! What a bass!

    I noticed Tim's ad on the Bay and couldn't resist the price. Bought it right then and there.

    The tone on this is to die for. The neck-dive (which isn't too bad IMO) will take a little bit to get used to, but it's not that much of a stretch from my Corvette.

    It's got a bit of wear and tear on 'er, but damn is this one fine machine! :bassist:




    Thanks a bunch Tim! :D
  2. fragcon


    Jun 23, 2004
    Orlando, FL
    u like ?
  3. Stinkoman20xx


    Oct 19, 2003
    That was once my bass that i traded to tim. its a beast. If it was only a 4 or 6 it still be mine.
  4. incognito89x

    incognito89x ♪♫♪ ♪ ♪ ♫&#983

    Sep 22, 2002
    Royal Oak, Michigan
    Well thankfully it's a 5 and is mine now :D

    Nice to know she was in good hands around the TB community before it came to me. I was a little skeptical about the auction at first until I saw it was a TB moderator selling it. That removed all doubts :smug:
  5. Eyescream


    Feb 4, 2004
    Knoxville, TN
    I sat and drooled over that a couple times, wishing I had the money for it.

    Good call picking it up.
  6. Tim Cole

    Tim Cole Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2002
    Findlay, Ohio
    Hey buddy, glad you enjoy it! I gotta give pros to both incognito89x, and the dead king. I have done flawless deals with the both of them, and gladly give them a reccomendation for online trading.

    On the wear: It is an oil finish, and is prone to wearing easily. Check out warwicks site for their reccomendations for oiling, and waxing. There are also information for easily removing small dings, using a steam method they reccomend.

    Have fun man, enjoy the bass.....it DOES sound killer! I wish I could of kept it a while, but I HAD to jump on the chance to get one of my old modulus basses back!
  7. incognito89x

    incognito89x ♪♫♪ ♪ ♪ ♫&#983

    Sep 22, 2002
    Royal Oak, Michigan
    Yeah I've got a can of beeswax from the Corvette I have, so I'm gonna give it a nice buffing sometime soon. I'm not sure I trust myself with an iron to try and do that method taking out the dings and such :p I might end up with a charred thumb.
  8. Ari


    Dec 6, 2001
    Nice bass! I've got a '95 model like this for sale also, if anyone is interested ;)
  9. buzzbass

    buzzbass Shoo Shoo Retarded Flu !

    Apr 23, 2003

    That's nice, and you got the full wenge neck. Good score, I love mine. It has by far the best tone of all my basses. Try using a wide Zon leather strap, it pretty much cured my neck dive problems.
  10. Great bass - should give you a lot of pleasure - I know mine did!

    <img src=http://www.munkio.com/music/warwick%20pics/latest/face_on_stand.jpg>

    Sorry I know it's a thru-neck 4 - but I couldn't resist
  11. incognito89x

    incognito89x &#9834;&#9835;&#9834; &#9834; &#9834; &#9835;&#983

    Sep 22, 2002
    Royal Oak, Michigan
    I've always wondered, were the bolt-on Thumbs always built with ovangkol wood? Because EVERY old pic i've seen they aleays looks so much nicer than the currently prodiced ones. The old models look much more similar to the bubinga wood warwicks, just a bit darker.

    Any reasoning behind this? Or is ovangkol just that variant.
  12. Dr. Funk

    Dr. Funk

    Oct 10, 2001
    What a great looking piece of wood. It does look like Bubinga.
    Either way the Thumb bass is just awsome. I have had my 98 Thumb neck thru for about 5 years and it just kills. Yeah it's neck heavy, yeah it doesn't balance worth a turd, but, let me crank it up and crush you with THE TONE!!!!!!!

    Enjoy your new bass !!!!!
  13. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    My 2 guesses would be they either used nicer pieces of ovangkol back then (pre '97 is it?) because in general people noticed that the older Wicks are nicer quality. Or they were in fact made of something different, but my guess is that its just nice pieces of ovangkol.
  14. incognito89x

    incognito89x &#9834;&#9835;&#9834; &#9834; &#9834; &#9835;&#983

    Sep 22, 2002
    Royal Oak, Michigan
    It seems like up to the 99 or so basses (mostly 98 was the last year for Wenge necks and such, but i've seen a couple 99's with nice woods as well (probably the last of the batch)
  15. incognito89x

    incognito89x &#9834;&#9835;&#9834; &#9834; &#9834; &#9835;&#983

    Sep 22, 2002
    Royal Oak, Michigan
    Yeah, The balence is a little annoying, but oh MY do I love the tone. You get some you give some, and in the case I'll gladly deal with the balence to have a tone like it produced :cool:
  16. BenderR


    Jun 1, 2004
    Tucson, AZ
    Or perhaps cost-cutting? I absolutely love the Wenge neck even though it looks like it's going to give you splinters. One of these days I hope to buy a neck-thru Thumb 4 and I'll definitely want a neck-thru model.
  17. incognito89x

    incognito89x &#9834;&#9835;&#9834; &#9834; &#9834; &#9835;&#983

    Sep 22, 2002
    Royal Oak, Michigan
    I always thought much similarly, but I was really surprised how smooth the neck is in reality. I imagine cost-cutting is almost the definite reasoning behind the different look of the wood. I'm sure much along the lines of why they don't use the wenge necks or brass nuts anymore.
  18. Ari


    Dec 6, 2001
    I agree that older Warwick thumb bolt-on basses look much better than the latest ones. Bubinga (or walnut) bodies + wenge necks are a lot prettier than ovangkol bodies and necks IMHO.

    Mine is a '95 model, you can see it has no volute behind the headstock (a feature introduced around 1997), the wenge neck and the brass nut. I'm not 100% sure of this, but I believe the body is bubinga.


  19. JP Basses

    JP Basses

    Mar 22, 2002
    Paris FRANCE
    yep bubinga...
  20. mrbungle


    Nov 13, 2000
    tampere, finland
    Yep. My walnut '94: [​IMG]

    But I like the new ones too.