=the Warwick Nobby Meidel Club=

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Somehow the very first Warwick (sorry TV bass, HP doesn't count you), has never had it's own club. There are several threads where Nobby's have gone in years past, but I think it's time to make it official and give this amazing little headless wonder a place to call home.


Nobby #59 "Bertha"

Built in April/May of '83

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Only thing that isn't original as far as I can tell, are of course the Barts.

HP was kind enough to send the info he remembers:

- Pickups
I do not believe the Pickups are original, the first Pickups we used
where either passive Schaller Pickups or active EMG PJ Pickups so the
Bartolini I do not believe are original.. but this doesn't matter.

- Here the specs:

Bass: Nobby Meidel Bass 4 string
Serial Number: 59
Year: 1983
Month: I would say it was April or May 1983
Neck Wood: Rosewood
Fingerboard: Rosewood, with real mother of pearl dot inlays
Frets: Jumbo Warwick Fretts
Nut: Brass custom Shop Head Nut construction
Neck construction: Neckthrough
Body: 4 pcs. solid Rio Rosewood with Maple Lamination
Surface: Polyester Highgloss surface
Pickups: Passive Bartolini PJ Pickups, not original!
Electronic: Passive electronic
Hardware: Gold Hardware, Machinheads from Schaller, rest custom made by Warwick

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Pics don't show up for some reason. :-/
 

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I uploaded new ones. Should be good now. Thanks for the heads up, jester.
 
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Awesome man. Reverse P/J, yum. I don't think I 've ever heard a Nobby played.
 

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rio rosewood?

needs cites

I was going to ask HP for official documentation, but since you're already here...could I please have that?

:D


I‘m sure HPW made a mistake. Actually it’s roi rosewood! I’m sure!!!

Hahaha, yes, for sure he meant Roi. Which means Super, correct?!

Awesome man. Reverse P/J, yum. I don't think I 've ever heard a Nobby played.

Very yum. I imagine this one sounds a bit different than it originally did, due to the Barts. It's got a fairly meaty tone. Little bugger is tricky to play. Doesn't sit on the lap well at all. Slides off. It does rest quite nicely with the bow and strap though. I naturally want to rest my thumb on the bridge pup, which puts my fingers on the bridge. Haha. It'll take some getting used to. Stoked to have one of the first Wicks. Piece of history.
 

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I wonder if the string breaking angles after the bridge affect the right hand feel, flexible vs. stiff.
 
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Would love to join the club!

I own allegedly number 003 and first LH Nobby (number plate missing) as well as number 642.

Here some pictures of number 642, will have to post number 003 later!

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Oh yes! What a beauty! Thanks for posting.

And the custom case. Very cool.

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I'm starting to get a clear picture of the different "standard" models/versions of the vintage Nobby...and a crude way to date them.

If anyone has any corrections...please don't hesitate to let me know.

It will take a little more research and looking at pics/adverts, to determine what number groups go with what versions.

Some of these configs change a little with the pup/fretless/diode options....but these basic standard configs, stay the same.

Version 1: All Rio Rosewood w/Maple stringers. Flat top knobs. Rear strap button on bottom corner. White control cover. Passive.
Version 2: All Rio Rosewood w/Maple stringers. Flat top knobs. Rear strap button on back. White control cover. Passive.
Version 3: All Rio Rosewood w/Maple stringers. Round top knobs. Button on back. White control cover. Passive.
Version 4: All Rio Rosewood w/Maple stringers. Round top knobs. Button on back. Black control cover. Passive.
Version 5: Rio Rosewood wings. Wenge neck w/Bubinga & Maple stringers. Button on back. Black control cover. Active. (Most common "later" version).
Version 6: ????

There may have possibly been some Indian Rosewood used in later models; when Brazilian RW became more scarce, closer to it's ban in '92. Also, there may have been an all Wenge (body & neck) Nobby. Someone in the old thread talks about it a bit (they own it) and I do have a pic of what looks to be a very very dark bodied Nobby. Need confirmation.

Work in progress :D
 
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Would love to join the club!

I own allegedly number 003 and first LH Nobby (number plate missing) as well as number 642.

Here some pictures of number 642, will have to post number 003 later!

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All I got to say is "Wow that is Awesome" !!!
 

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This was posted in the old Nobby thread years ago, but thought I should put it in da club.

Only footage I know of with Entwistle playing one of his Nobby's (notice the serial plate had already fallen off haha). Pretty cool :)


It's at least a Version 5 Nobby, with 26 frets, Wenge neck, round knobs. My new goal in life is to find a Ver 5+ Nobby for sale that matches the grain pattern of his, with the only real distinguishing grain being that slight blonde streak in the rosewood, on the top wing. Who knows...maybe it's in the wind somewhere ;) Hahaha.
 
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Hi guys,
love to join the club;
recently aquired a Nobby Nr 190 (HPW :around 1983)
original fretless and original active Barths

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Wow! Lovely Nobby!
Thanks for showing it off, Ulrich :)
If HP is correct, #190 would put it at the very end of '83. That's a lot of Nobby's in 1 year...but since they were the only model Warwick was building that year....it's possible.

With the *Alembic Pups. An original option at the time. Super cool!
 
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only one mishap: the E-tuner is slightly bent, but it turns so I´ll keep it
the sound has an interesting agressiveness on the J-PU the P is more balanced

I asekd HPW and he replied that of the 800 or 900 Nobbys 20-30 with Alembics and not öore than 40-50 fretless; so I was really lucky to find this one
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Sweet!

Fretless + Alembics. Rare Nobby you have there. Stoked :)

Now, we just have to find one that has the LED option. I've never seen any examples of those :rolleyes::cool:

BTW, welcome to the forum!
 

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Sweet!

Fretless + Alembics. Rare Nobby you have there. Stoked :)

Now, we just have to find one that has the LED option. I've never seen any examples of those :rolleyes::cool:

BTW, welcome to the forum!

Thanks for the welcome Hoggles - I follow since while; now this was my coming out ;-)
 
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With the risk of being thrown out of the club again, I wanted to share this one:
Steinberger XT25 fretless, pimped with an active EMG preamp.
 

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I have one question on the Nobby Meidel:
Given the exposure of the fragile tuners, does anyone of you guys have a tip on which case (mark) could be used best for transport?? Could fit a flight case, but they are quite heavy.
My one came naked.
 
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