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Question on late 80's Red Warwick Thumb Bass electronics preamp ;PLEASE HELP ME!!

Discussion in 'Bass Guitars' started by Eduardo_maynez, Mar 28, 2016.

  1. Eduardo_maynez

    Eduardo_maynez

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    Hello everybody !!
    I have a quick question and I need help from some of you early vintage Warwick Thumb bass lovers :

    Hello!!
    I have a quick couple of easy questions:
    I have a late 80's Warwick thumb bass 4 string ; it has EMG pickups and a 2 band MEC Preamp; the volume knob does NOT have the push/Pull option! When was this option implemented ?
    I know this option bypasses the preamp, but my question is when did Warwick start adding the Push?Pull option on the master Volume knob ? What year ?
    I ask you because I sold the bass and the buyer wants to return it because he claims the electronics are not original !! I know they are original!!! and I have no doubt they are because I bought the bass from a person who bought it new...
    Please help....
    He says the preamp is MEC so therefore the pickups can't be EMG!!
    He also says that the preamp is loose inside the cavity and that should never be!!
    Lol
    Honestly I think the guy is wrong ! I have never seen anybody so problematic in a bass sale!!
    Please help if you know the answer .

    Thanks !!

    Eduardo Lalo Garcia
     
  2. Eduardo_maynez

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    image.jpg I am trying to attach a picture of the preamp too
     
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    schlobodan Warwick Streamer Specialist Good Vibe Sponsor

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    pre is original

    Iirc during 1988 push pull was introduced

    the pre shown was used until early 87

    so you are safe :)
     
  4. Eduardo_maynez

    Eduardo_maynez

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    Thanks indeed for your help!!! Is the preamp supposed to be loose in the cavity?
    The buyer says it's a mess, but it has never failed ! Actually you don't even need to open the cavity because
    The battery is changed in a different compartment !
     
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    having had a look at the instument it seems not to have a carved headstock but still schaller tuners
    so the instrument should be from the first half of 1990.
    The pre should have been a later black box version and push pull was standard then.
    Simply put some foam in the cavity so the pre cannot move.
     
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    Could it be that warwick installed an old preamp in that bass ?
    That bass was custom made for BIT institute .
    Do you think this is a valid reason to actually return a whole bass?
    The preamp is Warwick 100%! The push pull only bypasses the preamp but you still need
    a battery to power the pickups because they are active !
    It may be useful on a bass equipped with Bartolini pickups but not
    a bass with active EMG's!!! You can leave the eq on the flat setting and it would have the same effect
    as bypassing the preamp! So I don't see what's his complaint??
     
  8. herb vibes

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    definitely 89 on the push&pull, maybe the change happened already in 88. emg pickups were standart but not the displayed emgx!
     
  9. warwickhunt

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    Could the pre/pups be a smoke screen because he doesn't like some other aspect of the sale... he had the pics of the bass and your description in advance but sometimes desire makes some folk overlook some points i.e. the paint cracking on the surface around the control cavity! I'm simply posing the question to help resolve potential issues as the pre installed and the EMG/MEC electronics are a non-starter IMHO
     
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    Could be ! But I disclosed everything ...
    The bass sounds as good as an alembic or a Spector !
    It's really a great bass!!!

    How much should this bass sell for in case I get it back ?
     
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    Unsure of USA pricing but I've seen similar age Thumb NT 'sell' (not just advertised) in the UK, in the last 6mths, for £900 - £1200
     
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