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Why do some Thumbs have an Ovangkol body?

Discussion in 'Bass Guitars' started by elpelotero, Jan 16, 2008.

  1. elpelotero

    elpelotero

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    I thought they were all bubinga...
     
  2. EVOLVEBASS

    EVOLVEBASS

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    The neck-thru Thumbs are bubinga, the bolt-on Thumbs are ovangkol...
     
  3. Mr Rabble

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    Thumbs bolton used to have a Bubinga body too, around 1995-1998.
    In 1993-1994 body wood was Walnut
     
  4. saxonbass

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    But why?

    I assume that although they have similar characteristics, the Ovangkol may be a bit cheaper than Bubinga to go with less complex manufacture of the BO.

    Or is it so that there is enough of a difference that Gassers like me have to have one of each?
     
  5. JanVanHove

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    Well that is a lot of difference between the Thumb NT and the thumb BO, but it's mostly due to construction, not necessairly woods...
     
  6. Michael J

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    I would imagine that theres a surplus of Ovangkol making it less expensive that or its less expensive in general.
     
  7. ThirdthumB

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    .........Your knowledge scares me sometimes............ :shock: :lol:
     
  8. Florin

    Florin Warwick Forum Administrator Staff Member

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    Who are you????
     
  9. ThirdthumB

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    My name is thumB...............ThirdthumB..............And I like my Martinies shaken, not stirred. 8) :lol:
     
  10. Grgzilla

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    Careful what you ask Flo.
    I once saw him make a post asking Ryan Martinie to expose himself.I mean,he's a good bass player but I definatly dont wanna see his old fella. :wink:
    **You know me mate,I only have 1 dick buddy. :wink:
     
  11. maddrakkett

    maddrakkett R.I.P.

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    I'm confused. I keep reading how Ovangkol is being used in place of Wenge and Bubinga and Walnut, etc. Because it's cheaper and more available.

    But Warwick has said they carefully match their woods and that the basses today are an improvement.

    I have also heard Warwick say that Ovangkol is more cost effective than Wenge, yet is indistinguishable in tone.

    So, why does it seem people on the different bass forums talk like Warwick is taking short cuts with the newer manufacturing?

    Is this true, or do you believe Warwick is advancing the quality of their product?
     
  12. Grgzilla

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    Answer to paragraph one:99% of people are wankers that dont have a clue.
    Answer to paragraph two:It's complete crap.Of course things get better over time.Unless you're talking about my ability to pull chicks.In which case the opposite is true.Or is that false?See what ya'v done Mark?
     
  13. flipper_gv

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    hey I thought thumb passed from std bubinga to bubinga pommele. That's quite an expensive amelioration. And, to my knowledge the only other guitar manufacturers to use ovangkol are Wal and Martin Bros. acoustic which aren't what I call cheap/cutting on wood quality manufacturer. I think warwick are getting better and better, but vintage instruments are vintage instruments and you all know how big the debate on the subject is.
     
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    I'm just an old Warwick freak :wink:
     
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