Warwick Thumb bolt on v.s Warwick masterman

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by metro_trash, Nov 9, 2001.

  1. I'm torn between a Warwick thumb bolt on and the Masterman , both 5 string models , I can't play either up here in Alaska , any input would be appreciated , opinions as well as general comments.
    thank you
  2. Bichegrinderboy


    Nov 8, 2001
    You might want to check with Warwick because I don't think they are making any of the fortress basses at the moment. I've played both though and found the fortress to be smoother sounding while the thumb has a lot of punch. If you like the "Warwick Sound", I guess that's "The Sound Of Wood" :D, than you would probably be happier with the Thumb Bolt On. They have that growl!
  3. Bichegrinderboy


    Nov 8, 2001
    I forgot to mention I think the B string on the thumb bolt on is one of the best out there. It is more focused on the overtones than the fundamental of the note, but that is why it sounds so tight and works so well.
  4. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    Get BOTH!! THat's what I did!!
  5. jasonbraatz


    Oct 18, 2000
    Oakland, CA
    i'd probably get the fortress. it balances a TON better than the thumb. try to find a fortress one, with the twin J pickups instead. it should be a little more versatile sounding.

  6. I don't know.
    The Warwick Masterman System with two preamps and dual Bass/Treble controls have a huge range.
    Add the blend and it can go just about anywhere.

    It a very unique system.
    I have the same system on my Warwick Streamer Pro M. It does it all!
    Bass Player top rated the versatility and range of tone (a 5) and called the system "a funk machine."
  7. James G. Ellis

    James G. Ellis

    Jun 22, 2001
    I have owned both in the last two years, and I only miss the Masterman. Very cool basses, IMO. The Thumb was nice, but I didn't like the balance and found the tone less appealing than the Masterman.