1500 , i played this guitar for almost a yr b4 buying and i bought it b/c it was time to step up and get away from the beginners ibanez i had been playing for two years
tgis bass is amazing in every way ,,, i like slap so i made sure the low b would not ge tint he way , most 5 strings give me this problem but not the warwick thumbolt 5 string ,, so far all is good wiht this product . and since i could not afford a carl thompson i figured this is the best shot i had plus the jazzy sounds the ovangol produces is just sik it has almost a sense of a growl on lower strings
i little heavy but im gettin use to it ,,, nothin else so far though
this unit is gorgeous , the ovangol is stained beautifully ,,, there ar eno defects int he wood and all is tight and placed properly on this bass
warwick is a great bass to invest in ,, go for it if u feel comfortable , thje money shouldnt be an issue for something youre goin to have for a lifetime..
After trying every bass under $1500 dollars that I could get my hands on, I eventually tried a Warwick Thumb. I had previously been opposed to Warwicks. I'm not sure what my prejudice was. Perhaps I thought that Warwicks would sound too modern, and artificial. After I played this bass, every other bass sounded weak. I got the bass for 1,400 after tax, from Chuck Levins.
I love the warm buttery tone of this bass. It sounds warm and natural. Tone is Mid rich. Active Preamp lets you dial up more bass or treble for when you need it. I typically run it passive. The B string is tight and clear. I can actually play on the B string high up on the neck and it doesn't produce too many overtones to be useful. Neck is fast and responsive.
The ablity to switch from active to passive is a great feature.
The adjustable string spacing is a nice touch. The neck is wide enough to allow slapping, but it still takes a little getting used to. I previously played a 4 string Fender Jazz, and it didn't take long at all for me to become adjusted to the narrower spacing.
The neck is thicker than many other basses. This is not a problem for me. I like a thick neck. It keeps my fingers properly rounded. Some players might not like this. The Bolt on neck does not get in the way. You can easily reach the 24th fret.
Adjustable nut is a great feature. I had no problems with it at all.
The only complaint that I have about this bass is that it is very headstock heavy. Of course, if it was not it wouldn't sound as good. So, I move the rear strap button up about four inches and it now balances a lot better. An easy fix!
Adjusting the intonation is difficult. The bridge gets in your way.
The string saddle for the B string is narrow. Meaning that you can only use tapercore B strings. This narrows your choice of strings.
Solid as a rock! Nothing loose, no gaps, no spaces. Beautiful woods with no blemishes. This is a gorgeous bass.
Worth every penny I spent. Despite the Saddle and Intonation troubles, I still rate it a Five due to the great sound, construction, and playability. I had none of the negative experiences that the previous reviewer had.
Purchased new from Guitar Center in N.Brunswick, NJ for about $1300.00
I loved the many amazing sounds the instrument produced. The neck, which some reviewers claim to be too chunky, felt great to me and I have small hands. In fact, it was the 1st 5 string I could play all the time. I didn't have to go back to a 4 string for pop & slap. Notes on the B string were just as clear and pronounced as those on the upper 4. Sustain for days and the finish burst to life when the supplied beeswax was applied.
It was a bit neck heavy.
The frets ends were filed properly and cut my hand. The adjust-a-nut fell apart during the 1st string change. Replacement bass had a large gash in the electronics cover and electronics were dead. Replaced again, this time the seams on the neck were not proberly sanded so the joints were obvious. There was also a crack through the lower horn. The ebony vaneer on the headstock of every new Warwick I've inspected looks like it was sanded with course paper, dull and scratched.
Warwick has NO QUALITY CONTROL! Since they never responded to my emails, I can only assume that THEY DON'T CARE!
Buy only if you don't mind spending alot of money on a poorly manufactured bass or you find a deal on a used one.
I MADE THE FRENCH TRANSLATION OF PREVIOUS NOTICE:
There are certain things that I do not or probably less russia translate correctly. If you can help me sent me a mess so I persso improves the translation for this beautiful bass!
- Warwick Thumb BO 5-Jan-1998
2 piece corp in ovangkol
handle 5 piece wenge
Bass / trebble boost-cut, pan, push pull volume bypass the preamp bass.
Active electronics, micro active MEC Jazz
24 frets cuivrs
recessed Warwick strap locks.
Bonne.Basse Really not very heavy, thick, with a rather round handle, the head tends to dive, the nut head is very short, the 2 microphone are very (too?) near the bridge, "making it awkward for a thumb to anchor near the neck (not a problem for me though)." The body is relatively small, "but comfy." Access to treble is very good. But access to the grave is not pleasant "(small upper horn)." Large hands so required !! However, a few simple bass to play.
The handle wenge dchire. A very rough look, but still very soft. it means a relatively requiet waxage as beacoup warwick.
The rest properly on. The straps are etaches nickel.
two words. Punch & "Growl" (sound of scrap metal? If you see ske j'veu say!). I ssay new model but no really happening to him at the ankle. This is the true "Heavy Metal Machine". Extremely powerful sound with end trsmtalique rating, and very very articulated a sonority (conprhenssif by ear). Sound very modern, aggressive, The Slap are very "slamming" !. It also sounds good in passive and active. I am not a fan of the electronic system MEC but they really did a good job.
"Can obtenir a silky, full sound with a bit of adjustment preamp and a softer touch. Sound Becomes less in your face, and fills the space without being white muddy," with what his own conprss to WARWICK
Low gniale, look fabulous (which agrees well with the color of the skin), a very distinctive signature sound.
But not easy to use it. Beacoup are Prepared for having that sound very metal. I will not but I made do. Now I am in search of a bass with a similar sound with as much punch, "growl", but clmente with shoulders and wrists!