Warwick Thumb & Bartolini

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by midlife, Nov 21, 2001.

  1. midlife


    Nov 21, 2001
    Has anyone replaced the MEC electronics on a Warwick Thumb Bolt-On with a complete Bartolini set-up, pickups and preamp? I am looking to upgrade the bass and was wondering what I may get out of it.

    I am looking to get more warmth and fullness. From what I have read Barts will deliver that.
  2. ThunderStik

    ThunderStik Guest

    Jun 25, 2001
    Claremore OK.
    My thumb had emg's and it sounded amazing. IMHO I dont think barts would be the best thing for the thumb. I would go with Basslines or EMG's in that bass but thats me.
  3. jasonbraatz

    jasonbraatz Supporting Member

    Oct 18, 2000
    Milwaukee, WI
    i think a set of those new CX barts would be killer (the bright ones) from what i hear, they've got the normal bart warmth, but with more mid and top end - similar to lane poor pickups.

    the problem would be finding a preamp that has the same controls as the thumb in 3 knobs.

  4. midlife


    Nov 21, 2001
    I beleive that Bartolini does have a three knob configuration.

    A Bart sales guy told me to order the 9J#1 pickups and a HR3.3 preamp.

    He also told me to measure the existing pickup length to make sure I get the right ones that will fit.

    Someone has also told me that the holes for the screws that mount the pickups are different. Does anyone know anything about the mounting holes? I am not going to start carving on the bass to get new pickups to fit.
  5. I did some research on this a while back and yes Bart has all the parts you would need, pickups, amp so on.
    I haven't done it yet but maybe some day.
    Track down TB member CS he has gone through this and has a little info. He went with Alembic pickups.
  6. CS


    Dec 11, 1999
  7. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2001
    Omaha, Nebraska
    I almost bought a neck-through Thumb 5 that had the MECs replaced with Barts (though not the EQ), but returned it after trying it out in band practice.

    To my ears, the Barts were just too "dark" sounding in a Thumb, at least in that one.

    How are you wanting to change your sound? What is it that you're looking for out of a pickup that the MEC's aren't giving you? It'd be a lot easier to give you good advice if we know that.

  8. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2001
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Oops, sorry--I missed the "more warmth and fullness" part!

    Yes, you'd probably get that out of Barts, though at the risk of sounding somewhat "muffled".