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How Do I Know If My Thumb Bass Is German Or Korean?

Discussion in 'Bass Guitars' started by Pablo Pinel, Nov 30, 2018.

  1. Pablo Pinel

    Pablo Pinel

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    Hi everyone,

    I got myself a sweet little 2002 Thumb BO 5 (serial on headstock E-089054-02), fairly used and bruised, in for a proper overhaul (tuners and new just a nut) and set up right now.

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    So I did'nt even know there were Korean made thumb basses (maple neck and high gloss finishes on the body) labelled as Pro Series. Seeing as that what is written on my head stock, may I presume that my 2002 is a Korean?

    I must mention my bass has black hardware (bridge and tuners), a natural oil finish and the neck also does'nt look anything like maple? I also did'nt have the bass for long enough to properly inspect the frets being brass or nickle.

    Thanks in advanced bass fam!
     
  2. DiMarco

    DiMarco nutcase Good Vibe Sponsor

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    Looks like a German serial number to me. To make sure, you can mail it to serialnumber@warwick.de along with photo(s) of the instrument.
    The online serial checker does not recognise this particular serial.
     
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  3. Pablo Pinel

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    I also tried that serial checker but to no avail.

    Confirmed a little earlier that it is indeed a German Made Thumb, as serial numbers hosting letters A-M seem to be made in Germany :)
     
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    DiMarco nutcase Good Vibe Sponsor

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    Yes. Yours was built in may 2002.
    A is jan, B feb etc.
     
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    Did Warwick even make Korean basses in 2002?
     
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    I don’t think that the Thumb was ever made outside of Germany.
     
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    schlobodan Warwick Streamer Specialist Good Vibe Sponsor

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  8. schlobodan

    schlobodan Warwick Streamer Specialist Good Vibe Sponsor

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    Korean Pro Series with maple neck
     
  9. Hardy

    Hardy Good Vibe Sponsor

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    O.K. It seems I missed that period.
     
  10. Henrythe8

    Henrythe8 Supporting Member Dolphin Hoarder

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    The best way is to listen to it talk, and tell if the accent is rather german or Korean.
    (OK, I'm outta here).
     
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    Before you leave do know that this kind of humor is much needed in forums, esp. ones about BASS. :)
     
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