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WHICH AMP HEAD COMPLEMENTS A WARWICK THUMB?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by THIRSTYGUMS, Jan 10, 2006.


  1. Which head complements a warwick thumb 5-string? i love the sound of my trace gp7 but i cant find a new one and i need to up my power?
    i cant afford the most top of the line but i can stretch to swr or gallien e.t.c

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. FireBug

    FireBug

    Sep 18, 2005
    Houston
    My M-Pulse and Streamer Stage I go together just fine.
     
  3. Fred312b

    Fred312b What if I want to play jazz precisely? Supporting Member

    Apr 23, 2002
    Chicago, IL
    you could also use the trace as pre and get a more powerful power amp...
     
  4. A tube amp would be perfect...Loud, and it would suit the Warwicks signature growl perfectly.

    Seeing that your budget is limited, i suggest the GK1001RB-II. Awesome head for the money, would go with the Warwick well.

    Good Luck.
     
  5. +1 for hottt advice. Don't know how heavy the TC is off hand but seems like a reasonable setup.

    In the future too if you ever wanted a different sound for whatever reason you could get a dif preamp which are cheap on a whole and quite light.
     
  6. Matt Morgan

    Matt Morgan Fellow Conspirator Supporting Member

    Oct 21, 2001
    Plano, TX
    Another vote for the GK1001RB-II. Killer amp at a great price!
    Nice and portable too.
     
  7. mobax

    mobax Supporting Member

    Dec 31, 2002
    New Baltimore, MI
    Eden sounds great with a Thumb 5. Used are available at reasonable prices if you look hard and have patience.
     
  8. Aj*

    Aj*

    Jun 14, 2005
    West Yorkshire, UK
    No offence to the GK lovers but surely GK and Warwick are at the opposite ends of the spectrum? GK is bright and hi-fi where as the thumb is growly and gritty. I would recommend a power amp for your existing trace, there is new trace stuff just out but it's very expensive. The old trace stuff is still awesome though.
     
  9. irjason

    irjason Supporting Member

    Nov 17, 2001
    Louisville, KY
    I like how my Thumb sounds with my Aguilar AG500. I just got the head last week though, so I don't have that much experience with it. I also tried some Eden stuff with my Thumb when I was shopping and thought it was pretty nice too.
    I felt the Eden was a warmer SWR like sound, and the Aguilar was more of a modern take on the the Ampeg tone.
     
  10. Matt Morgan

    Matt Morgan Fellow Conspirator Supporting Member

    Oct 21, 2001
    Plano, TX
    Having owned both a Warwick Thumb and the GK, I can say that I think the GK allows the great tone of the Warwick to come through without too much coloration. Yes, the GK is very clear, quick and articulate. However, with the EQ and tone controls, you can warm up the GK pretty well if you'd like. I personally think that the Thumb doesn't need much warming up or help with its tone.
    I like the GK's punch and clarity, which I feel really lends itself to the Thumb's natural punchy midrange.
    Just my thoughts.
     
  11. playmybass

    playmybass

    Mar 28, 2004
    Tucson, Az
    To me, "bright" and "hi-fi" arent really the words i would use to describe a 1001rb-II. To me, its more "clear" and "punchy". Plus with the boost knob, you can dial in a little bit of grit that sounds good in most rock applications.
     
  12. Thanks for the advice guys. im liking the cut of the G k 1001 right now, hmmmmmm. (chews the fat)
     
  13. Why would they take insult unless it was meant to be an attack :)

    Hmm.. not sure about your review personally, GK is very clear and full in a lot of the overtones produced by my bass. Never did an official analysis of Direct compared to the GK but I really like the similarity coming from my GK1001 + EL Whappo on vs. when it turns off.

    Maybe when you tried it at a store or where ever it was EQed to sound HI FI??? Well we all hear different things anyways but in any case, some people like the opposite tones like that dude from limp bizkit that likes Warwick + SWR. *shrug*

    Well, my 2 cents and my vote still stands for poweramp. (and then further on down the line get the GK pre ;) it has the EQ plus the second channel which can be dedicated to some hot distortion when i tried it all 1 times)
     
  14. hm is this a good solution? i.e. does it colour the sound or pose any compatibility / ohm/ load sorta problems? Have you done this? and would you reccomend a particular power amp?
    Thanks again
     
  15. What do you guys think a Thunderfunk would do for a thumb?

    I know mine isn't a normal thumb, but i'd still like to hear any input. Current high runners for me is 1001 or the thunderfunk.
     



  16. never heard of Thunderfunk!?!?! And Cumming?!?!?!? are you pulling my leg? haha Jus jokin
     
  17. Matt Morgan

    Matt Morgan Fellow Conspirator Supporting Member

    Oct 21, 2001
    Plano, TX
    Never heard of Thunderfunk ?!?! Neither did I until they became pretty popular here in the last couple years.
    Do a search here and you'll see that they're one of the most highly regarded amps around. They are a little more $$ than the GK (about $1100) but they get a lot of talk about being one of the best of the best out there. They are a solid state head that weighs in at about 15lbs. Rated at 500w @ 4ohms, but most people say that this number is pretty conservative. Supposed to be very loud!
    Their tone is often described as warmer than the GK, not quite as warm as Eden but seriously punchy, loud and very versatile.
    Do a search and you could read for hours about the TFB550.
    Like most things, it really is a matter of what tone you're after and how much you're willing to pull out of the old wallet!
    For $600 new from RMCaudio the GK 1001RB-II is hard to beat but if you've got the dough, the TF may be worth looking into.
     
  18. hey Matt. i will look into it But what i forgot to mention was that most of you guys are U.S. citizens with al kinds of options and huge specialised stores to try this stuff, i live in Ireland where it costs $20 to walk past a music shop! Honestly if you could see the limited choice and ENORMOUS price tags you wouls s**t y'selves..
    I was quoted £600 ($1200) for a standard 4X10 Warwick cab this week! :spit:


    whenever possible i buy from U.S, and Europe - National loyalty be damned!
     
  19. Matt Morgan

    Matt Morgan Fellow Conspirator Supporting Member

    Oct 21, 2001
    Plano, TX
    I know that the import tariffs, taxes, etc. can really jack up the price of gear in the UK and Europe. The TF would run you a good bit extra when it was all said and done. I'm not sure if RMCaudio ships international but they've got one of the best prices on GK stuff (rmcaudio.com). I think about $600 new. Not sure what shipping and additional fees would be for you.
    Best of luck and let us know how it works out.
     

  20. yeah i will, when i get the right setup ill try and post sound clips and lists e.t.c hopefully all my omline searching and sweating into the wee hours will be of use to some one after me. thanks lads