=The Warwick Thumb Club=

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Here's the two basses in question! Yes, the BO is an interesting creature - I got it cheap because the previous owner had fitted an extra pickup and a switch, but then done a hacky job on the wiring, so I've currently got it wired back to stock standard with the original pickups only. (As soon as I can figure out the best way to incorporate the third pickup, I'll get it done properly.)

Mmm, well, that turned out to be harder than I thought! I managed to find a used EMG SJCSX Pickup for a good price, so fitted that last night, instead of the passive Bartolini. I tried out a few different pickup configurations, but didn't really find anything that works well...

When I tried just the neck EMG and the bridge MEC, it sounded Ok, but the neck pickup was too overpowering. Unfortunately, the pickup route isn't very deep, so I can't wind the EMG down further to balance out the sound. I guess I could either get the pickup route deepened, or fit some sort of gain reduction circuit, but either option is a lot more time and money.

So then I tried all 3 pickups, with the 2 MEC pickups connected as parallel bridge pickups:

1. The neck pickup sounds good on it's own - a strong P-bass type of sound.
2. When the MEC pre-amp is panned to center, there's a distinct loss of output, implying that the pickups are out of phase, or maybe the MEC just can't handle the combined impedance load of the 3 pickups. (Might need an active buffer module.)
3. As expected, the double-bridge pickups sound good on their own, just the same as a stock Thumb 5 BO.

So, I guess I learnt a few more things, but it's still not finished and I really wouldn't recommend anyone modding their Thumb bass in a similar fashion. (Just buy a Streamer as well!)

What will I try next? I might try flipping the ground/hot on the EMG pickup and see if it was a phase issue. But if not, maybe revert the MEC wiring back to standard and wire the EMG pickup direct to the output jack, but with the switch acting as an On/Off switch...

Cheers,

EG
 
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Ok, yes, it was an out of phase problem! Looks like EMG pickups are wired up the opposite way to MEC pickups, at least from a phase perspective.

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Does anybody have any experience with the solid colour Pro series Thumbs? There's a white fiver for sale not too far from me, it looks amazing but I wonder how much the finish will affect the tone...
 
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Does anybody have any experience with the solid colour Pro series Thumbs? There's a white fiver for sale not too far from me, it looks amazing but I wonder how much the finish will affect the tone...
Extremely minimal to none, in my experience.
 
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Thumbs :p

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Such a small and light bass with such a mean sound. This walnut rarity is an incredible instrument.




 
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My 1996 lefty. 2 piece Walnut body. It's pretty cool. I like it.

Opinions please.... it needs a refret. Would refretting it with evo gold stainless steel frets damage its potential value?

Also, how cool is it

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When reversed, it’s definitely similar to mine. How light is it ?
I guess the black hardware is stock as it became so in 96 I believe. I would suggest to do this thumb a favour and refret it with genuine bronze frets.


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When reversed, it’s definitely similar to mine. How light is it ?
I guess the black hardware is stock as it became so in 96 I believe. I would suggest to do this thumb a favour and refret it with genuine bronze frets.


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Thanks for the nice words. I would love to put bronze frets in it. No one wants to do it around here though.

I'm not sure on its weight now. I do remember weighing it when I got it but can't remember now.

Yeah the black hardware is original and I like it. Wouldn't change to silver
 
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My 1996 lefty. 2 piece Walnut body. It's pretty cool. I like it.

Opinions please.... it needs a refret. Would refretting it with evo gold stainless steel frets damage its potential value?

Also, how cool is it

😀
I have had two warwick's refretted with stainless frets and didn't hear anyone complain about it.
The bronze frets are just so soft...
 
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I've just picked up this '96 Thumb NT. It's in stunning condition. Unfortunately the Optima Gold strings are very dead so I haven't really got an idea of what it's capable of. I'm not normally a 5 string player so the neck feels very hefty, it'll take some getting used to!
String recommendations very welcome!
 

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Gorgeous bass.
You can put on whatever strings you like.
I personally like steel on my fretted Thumbs (Pro Steels or Fat Beams if I have to pick my favorites).
 
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Not necessarily. You may have some difficulties when engaging the ball end in the slot but that’s all. Generic B strings do fit.
 

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for example Sadowsky strings work well…but thats clearly personal taste…
 
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for example Sadowsky strings work well…but thats clearly personal taste…
That's what I've gone for! Not too expensive and tapered B. I'm not sure if this will be a keeper at the moment... a decent setup will be the decider.
 
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Walnut vs bubinga. Just a slight shift in colour… but so much weight difference.
3,6kg for the Thumb vs 4,9kg for the Vette !

There also quite different soundwise (the Vette has EMG-JA PUs).

 
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