Warwick Thumb NT 4

Warwick Thumb NT 4

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Thumb NT 4, 4-string bass guitar from Warwick in the Thumb NT series.

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  • Manufacturer: Warwick
  • Model: Thumb NT 4
  • Series: Thumb NT
  • Category: 4-string bass guitars
  • Added in our database on: 11/27/2010

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Warwick Thumb NT 4 user reviews

Average Score:4.8( 4.8/5 based on 11 reviews )
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chab5's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Warwick Thumb NT 4
Made in Germany in June 1997
So warwick bridge type two-piece
Neck through wenge / bubinga 7 part
26 frets brass (brass)
Bubinga body (therefore rather heavy)
volume / balance / bass / mid / treble
The hooks are embedded in the bass, it's dunlop straplocks, I tried not to go with warwick fortunately I already had a dunlop strap. The hook side bridge is not in the classic position but a little higher, it probably improved the balance, it does not sting.
The body has a curved shape conforming to the can: D


The neck is super nice, its profile is in C and not in U as some warwick I've tried (in fact I have two warwick and they are both C profile). So do not take offense at the sleeves warwick log etc etc just to specify when ordering or getting the right neck profile on a secondhand.
Weight, well it is quite heavy, heavier than my corvette 5 string, but me personally I like the heavy instruments, they feel good, and then usually heavy on a rich and grainy sound wood on the bottom spectrum (not necessarily as muddy shovels mahogany Gibson eh!)
Access to acute is excellent, with 26 frets are easily reached the 24th.
Very comfortable to wear due to its excellent ergonomics (body shape)
Easily obtained a good sound, but beware a very distinctive sound ... lower as a result


The sounds are very rich, with low most granular mediums I know.
This bass with well dense and heavy wood will naturally lean towards more serious sound, this is why the config microphones is shifted towards the bridge together, which gives the final midrange sounds, but the medium "thick" .
The only slight flaw I can find this bass is the treble, I'm used to much snapping and biting with my corvette doublebuck.
I play on my stack Ampeg SVT classic + 810th concert and rehearsal or a small stack TH350 Aguilar SL112 + baffle me.
This low when put in config pickup clears the finest mediums that I've ever heard, this is probably one of the best candidates for Unshrinking (a luthier huh).
Jeroen Paul Thesseling uses passive fretless Thumb NT 6 mounted Bartolini, and frankly what a pity that Jaco did not live long enough to hear the sounds of the thumb!
In fact the final this bass is a little very grainy side but with a musicman warwick grain growing and a thicker sound mediums.


I use it for about a month. Basically I was gone for the opportunity to research a streamer or a Spector NS 4 USA or a bongo, not streamer on the horizon, bongo there was only the nine too expensive for my budget. I tried a spector europa, not convinced, the strings were my age ... not whether or not it was good and I liked the preamp NOT dutout. Then among warwick shelf there were two thumb: a BO 4 strings period end 2000s, tried, handle not nice U unconvincing tone (I am also very demanding I admit), and then there was the thumb NT 4 to 97, the ropes were rinsed, but knowing these basses, I have tested to evaluate the low mids, and that even with rinsed strings I could feel the great potential of this bass and comfort.
It cost me 1700 euros used, but I'm pretty happy new it cost 3500/4000 euros anyway.

I think I do it again this choice when I'm in the NT but for a 6 fretless passive thumb in bartolini to feed me one of the most outrageously beautiful its existing fretless!

SYL6's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Warwick Thumb NT 4
- Made in Germany hand (model de1990)
- 26 frets, 5 strings
- Bubinga body
- Channel wenge / bubinga 7 ply
- Key wenge
- Electronic 9V
- Micro EMG J x2
- Bridge warwick
- Nut a nut juice: former model, each string can be set separately
- Channel crossing

Precision construction warwick:
Until 1996 warwick wenge used for sleeves and EMG until 1990. In 1990 there are models with EMG and the first models in MEC.
Since 1996 warwick uses ovangkol to handle and ebony for the key.

Having tried the two types of construction, for me there is a big difference between the two. Detail in the next section.


The handle is nice yes! The handle is slightly asymmetric models before 1996 bcp and its thickness is more pleasing to my taste than the ovangkol handle. The strings are spaced less on older models and the space between the strings and the body between the neck and the neck pickup is smaller than the new models important to know for the slap.
I prefer the old short sleeves! In addition, she is 23 years old and the handle has not changed a bit.

The ergonomics of the bass is very good, the rear is widened as the streamer and spector for comfort.
Against by weight, this is not it. The thumb nt 5 is heavy and yes the balance is not great. Some say that if you play it goes up more than it did not bother but the fact is, because of the small body, it tends to spike head and I find it boring for this low quality.

If you like playing with the handle perpendicular to your body it will pass without worry, if you like the handle rather play near you very statement is already more difficult. It feels less about the new models, the weight is a little less consistent and therefore the balance is a little better but this is not the best either.

Access to acute is very simple even 26 th rope Si


The sound of the Thumb is the Thumb! It is a sound of its own and that is why we love him. It can growl like no other bass.

One can easily get a vintage sound and very sharp compared to what you might think. For my part, I have no equalization medium because I am still under the old mail.
What also impressed me is the sustain of this bass is really good.
You can get a sound varied but always with the grain of its own.

Recording sound is also nickel.


I use it for six months after having tried several versions. I tried a fretless 1989, a thumb nt 5 of 2006, a thumb nt 5 of 2009 and my choice fell on a thumb nt 5 of 1990. The top was to find a model between 90 and 95 with micro dude, 3-band EQ and 18V power supply as on some models.
I tried thumb and streamer stage 2 in 1996. I almost cracked the streamer but especially the thumb side won.

What I like about warwick is that it is reliable and good sound. For example, all the screw holes are threaded iron, it seems not important, but it is reliable over time. There are many settings (bridge, microphone, nut)

I think for a low over € 3000 new Warwick should find a way to balance this low because everything else is great.

I remake this choice, but for a model as shown above.

Postmortem's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" when the trees start to groove"

Warwick Thumb NT 4
_Warwick German, good mine is not comparable to the current, it is 88 ', made in West Germany.

_ Bubinga body, all-round Wenge (yes slightly different as I said)

_ 26 frets, active electronics both bands (not arf mediums) but we forgive him ... but no EMG pickups MEC assets (much better).

_the bass looks solid, it is older than me and is doing better ... ahlala.


COMPARED _Alors if I stick to that of my 5 string bubinga corvette is quite similar except in the treble, there is more rounded and quicker.

_l'ergonomie énormissime is the comfort. The bass is heavy but it's no worse than my corvette.

_The Her ... hahaha go under. ;)


_I Am bassist in a group of death / thrash metal. I split fingers, slapping, percussive tapping and conventional, a little mediatore (sooooo much).

_as My corvette at any time she did let go by ... against me I could let go indeed. ^ ^

_This Is fabulous with this bass is that you do not know or is its limitations, it can do everything and if it can not is that the guy who does not want to scratch.

_Moi Personal with my corvette as I researched a lot but growl sound that pierces the mix and especially the media who keeps to support all the bins. Well I found bingo except now it's more than a musicman growl at mediatore.

_Alors Name D *** the EMG is right as MEC, MEC as it pierces, it growle as MEC, but it is infinitely more POTATO, the dream of every metalhead.


_The Low in my life I think we will see over time. In any case it was the century of secondhand that's certain.

_The Report qulité price is great knowing that this bass was already 24 years.

_I Do it again this choice.

budweiser32's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Warwick Thumb NT 4
- 36 frets so it's much MAIC is a warwick ...

- I recall the handle is a "badboy serie2" well suited to handle wankers (sleeves!) Presenting as a key characteristic of brushing
- Bridge "piece-of-shit", but not really practical to adapt XLR outputs.
- There is a tone control, four volumes (ideal!) And especially a small boost in the shape of penis, dailleurs very nice!


CCAA-sharp but easy OF USE c low so there is not much treble.

- The interface is not bad, it's a warwick which means that everything is very smooth (warwek in Breton)
Ergonomics grows short, we can find a position, and the instrument allows a randomized attitude on stage.


The sound AH!

this bass sound versatility presents rare, we can get some sweetness in the mids treble, while conversing the bass flute ... a bass that is ideal in a variety of style, also note the perfect assimilation tones rick / rack and zoubida, obviously needs to be to achieve some gain and especially three-phase effect, otherwise it did not miss, you're on a very distorted sound not control ...


"I made a little way with her," that said it keeps very well is to be ensured that the instrument, and which must converse the information in three well-defined axes finances / repairs / global change.

I like the least, it is probably the hybrid would think that a sculpture of Michelangelo reviewed by Cesar ... all out of my anus depending on the finish, that's what I finally retired with the brown / yellow to mine ...

veil soon!

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