Warwick Thumb Bolt-on 5
Warwick Thumb Bolt-on 5

Thumb Bolt-on 5, 5+ string bass guitar from Warwick in the Thumb Bolt-on series.

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MGR/Jack Mazuk 09/30/2001

Warwick Thumb Bolt-on 5 : MGR/Jack Mazuk's user review

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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.

Great sound - Lousy construction!

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