struggling~choose between ibanez sr1805 premium and warwick thumb 5 bolt on

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by eddiemeng, Apr 29, 2016.

  1. advice anyone?

    price would not be considered as both of them are second hand, have similar price, and I really like them, can anyone tell me which one should I go for? Thanks a lot~!!
  2. drumsnbass

    drumsnbass Bassic User

    Dec 13, 2004
    Phoenix AZ area
    Why these two to begin with?
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  3. Manichga


    Aug 13, 2013
  4. SanDiegoHarry

    SanDiegoHarry Inactive Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2008
    San Diego, CA
    Have you played either? These are VERY different basses.
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  5. Ikkir


    Jun 26, 2005
    Swansea, UK
    My personal preference is the Ibanez but as already stated they're very different basses in sound, looks and feel.

    Both are very good basses.
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  6. tbz


    Jun 28, 2013
    Pretty sure if you play them you'll prefer one over the other. They're very different instruments as several other people have mentioned.
  7. Coz they are for sell at the same time by different owners
  8. Not yet, I gonna try them both first
  9. DavC


    May 17, 2005
    Tallmadge , Ohio
    i've always like the nicely finished feel of the Ibby Premium necks .. !!

    i haven't felt that with a few Thumbs i tried years ago ... ?
  10. oaklandthumb

    oaklandthumb Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2014
    I love Warwick, but for the uninitiated the thumb strap balance may throw you off at first, and they are very "honest" basses, it takes some technique and EQ knowledge to get the best out of them. The Ibanez would be more versatile and more traditionally balanced, and idiot proof.
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  11. S W T

    S W T

    Apr 3, 2015
    Chicago, IL
    WOW! Night and day is right!! You'll know when you play em. I play a thumb, best bass I own and best I've played. Ibanez neck is way too slim for me...
  12. My GAS would be complete if I had a there's my answer...
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  13. CRich0205


    Feb 17, 2013
    I had an older BTB and currently have a Thumb BO 5, different for sure. The neck on my thumb is very baseball bat like and the ibanez was thinner front to back. Similar weights but the thumb will not balance as well. That little body makes it neck heavy. String spacing was 19mm or so on the BTB and 17 on my Warwick. Warwicks have the 3D bridge which can be a challenge to adjust if you like really low action. Build quality is good on both, but the thumb wins out for sure.

    Nothing sounds like a Warwick Thumb if you like that tone and don't mind a neck heavy bass, they really are fantastic. Good luck with whatever you pick.
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  14. japhy4529

    japhy4529 this is only a test...

    Thumb, hands down.
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  15. drumsnbass

    drumsnbass Bassic User

    Dec 13, 2004
    Phoenix AZ area
    Might be time to research some YouTube videos of both basses.
  16. Bassdirty


    Jul 23, 2010
    Yes, very different.

    The Warwick will be most likely 1.5 times the weight of the ibby. And a very 'flat' fretboard '

    The Ibanez will probably feel 'easier to play'.

    For feel I'd say ibby, for tone the Warwick all day (in my book having spent time with both)

    Sorry, but this is one where YOU really have to choose on your own.

    Hope that helps.
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  17. Vlad5

    Vlad5 Chronic Knob Twiddling Tone Chaser

    Feb 17, 2011
    New England
    Thumb, provided you don't mind playing with the headstock resting 10-15 degrees above horizontal, as the bass was designed for.

    If you want a thinner neck, lighter body, and like the headstock up around 45 degrees, get the Ibanez.

    Both will sound and feel very, very different.
  18. drumsnbass

    drumsnbass Bassic User

    Dec 13, 2004
    Phoenix AZ area
    If the Thumb has a rather flat fretboard you will probably be happier with the Ibanez provided you are playing basses with say 15 deg radius boards.

    I once traded a bass for a stunning Warwick but had to get rid of the Warwick because the basically flat fingerboard just messed with my head.
  19. The more vids I watch, the more I get confused and can't make decision!;(
  20. Hounddog409


    Oct 27, 2015
    I take the Ibanez Premium every time.
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