SOLD Warwick Thumb 5, 1988 vintage

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by naetog, Jan 1, 2019.

  1. naetog

    naetog Supporting Member

    May 26, 2006
    San Luis Obispo, CA
    TL;DR - $2450 shipped.
    I would love to see this go, so if you're interested make an offer.

    I try to play it every once in a while, and it's just not going to happen with me. It's sad, and quite frustrating, but there's not much I can do about it.

    I love this bass, but it is too difficult to handle with my bad shoulder. Sounds brilliant, especially with the Audere preamp.

    In very good shape, with a few dents and a little fading on the bridge and headstock, but nothing major.

    The worst is the two little indents on the fretboard between the 3rd and 4th fret.

    It's awesome, vintage, and heavy...about 12 pounds.
    Frets show very little wear.
    Truss rod works great.
    Comes with a nice strap and Schaller strap locks.
    Classic Wenge and Bubinga woods.
    7 piece neck thru construction that is nice and slim.

    Currently sporting Bartolini pickups and an Audere 4 band preamp.
    MEC pickups and 3 band preamp included, with knobs.

    Comes in a well worn vintage Warwick bag. RB bag shown is gone.

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    Last edited: Mar 2, 2019
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  2. iceboxbass

    iceboxbass Living the Dream!

    Feb 22, 2010
    Wow! That’s a beautiful bass brother! Wish I had the $$$$ I’d buy it from you. I love old instruments.
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  3. bass10bfb

    bass10bfb Prophet Low End Provider Gold Supporting Member

    May 5, 2011
    Newport, TN.
    Great looking bass brother, just more than I could pay for it. GLWTS!!!! Looks amazing!!!
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  4. RedMoses

    RedMoses Supporting Member

    Jul 4, 2012
    I had an '87 Thumb for 15 years, these are amazing instruments and a golden era for Warwick.

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  5. Rigord


    Dec 29, 2013
    McAllen, TX
    PM'd you
  6. Bobbylon


    Dec 17, 2012
    Charleston, SC
    Beauty! How would u describe the tone with the Barts compared to the MECs?
  7. naetog

    naetog Supporting Member

    May 26, 2006
    San Luis Obispo, CA
    To my ear, the Barts are less compressed sounding and a bit more "open" and organic if that makes sense...Especially noticeable on the B string.
    Have you ever played a bass unplugged, then plugged it in and it sounds different than you'd expect? Not this.
    It's a clean representation of the natural sound, just louder.

    The Audere is dramatically better than the MEC preamp though.
    Not even close. Less noise, better frequency adjustments, clean and clear.
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  8. gscroggin

    gscroggin Supporting Member

    Feb 2, 2006
    I'll second naetog's statement on the pickups and electronics. I own two Warwicks, one with Barts and one with MECs. The MECs have a very specific sound, especially with that placement on the Thumb. It is part of the classic Warwick "growl" IMO. The Barts can get there too but are far more versatile. Having had an Audere in another bass, I agree that it is also more versatile than the standard Warwick pre. Nothing wrong with the stock stuff though, especially if you're a set it and forget it kind of person.
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