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Featured Warwick's Masterbuilt Thumb NT and Teambuilt Pro Series BO LTD 2017 35th Anniversary Basses

Discussion in 'News & PR' started by TalkBass, Jul 13, 2017.

  1. TalkBass

    TalkBass News Poster

    Mar 12, 2004
    Warwick is celebrating this year's 35th anniversary. For this occasion, we are pleased to present the Warwick Masterbuilt Thumb NT LTD 2017 35th Anniversary model, available as 4-string and 5-string in overall 50 copies worldwide.

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    The Warwick Masterbuilt Thumb NT LTD 2017 is a so-called "Hidden Neck-through" model, with dry aged mahogany body back and neck-trough, ultra-thin Wenge neck with maple stripes and Marbled Tiger Stripe Ebony fretboard with abalone dots, under a highly Figured Maple Burl Top, with matching headstock. The pleasant "Curved Old Style" with "Tinted Natural Satin Dirty Blonde" finish matches the gold hardware. Two active EMG pickups are controlled by a 2-band MEC electronics (replica of 1984).

    The Warwick Masterbuilt Thumb NT LTD 2017 is available on custom order.

    For international pricing, please contact your local distributor or dealer.

    For more information, please visit:




    As a companion to the above listed Warwick Masterbuilt Custom Shop models, the LTD 2017 Thumb instruments will also be available in the Teambuilt Pro Series, each as a Thumb Bolt-On Bass. The back of the body also consists of mahogany, the top of two parts of Maple Burl. The Wenge neck with Tiger Stripe Ebony fingerboard is bolt on, and features a matching headstock with W-logo. In addition to the Natural Transparent Satin Dirty Blonde finish, the Warwick Teambuilt Thumb BO LTD 2017 models are equipped with gold hardware, as well as active MEC pickups and an active MEC 2 band electronics.

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    We will produce a maximum of 100 4 string and 100 5 string Warwick Teambuilt Thumb BO LTD 2017 35th Anniversary models.

    For international pricing, please contact your local distributor or dealer.

    For more information, please visit:



  2. Is this proof that Warwicks really did use EMGs as their standard pickups back in the day?
  3. Sosa

    Sosa Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2013
    San Diego
    Bass san Diego has one Masterbuilt Thumb NT LTD in stock!!! :woot:

    Bass San Diego
  4. somebrains

    somebrains Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2017
    I graduated high school in 92, right on the brink of them putting out bolt on necks and shifting to MEC pickups.

    Before that they used a grab bag of pickups that kinda made me hit GC and Haight Ashbury Music to check out what random setups were on the wall. Bart's on MEC preamps are kinda cool for the fretless growly thing.

    MEC pickups, meh.
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  5. I always heard that MECs were made to be the in-house replacement for EMGs. So before they used MECs, they actually used various pickups? Which ones especially, apart from EMGs and Barts?
  6. somebrains

    somebrains Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2017
    Seymour Duncans would appear infrequently.
    GC near Berkely is long closed, but they had the best selection....or they were a dumping ground, still dunno which.

    EMG-Barts (fretless)-SD was my order of preference back then.
    The idea that a passive pickup paired with an onboard preamp is premium wasn't a thing back then.
    It was more a low or mid $ class thing to get with the high $ active active fad.

    Passive pickups we're pretty binary, either vintage/oem replacement or HOT. There wasn't a "musical" option, at least in bass pickups.

    Now I would ditch the MEC preamp for a SD in a MM format passive MEC pickup and get pretty decent results.

    If I wanted to go tried and true, EMG pickups and preamp just to take off the training wheels MEC preamps saddle you with.

    I mean the mid cut MEC preamps have = growl?
    Lemme slap a Flowmaster on a 6cyl Mustang.

    We aren't talking the same woods as late 80's basses as say my $$'s, so I don't see why scooped woods + cardboard pickups + scooped preamp shouldn't be fixed with better electronics.

    Kinda like modding and dialing power back into a diesel truck.

    I'd also just go buy an old W for the asking price of their nostalgia basses.