Warwick Thumb Bolt-on 5
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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/Chad Dukes 09/28/2002

Warwick Thumb Bolt-on 5 : MGR/Chad Dukes's user review

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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.

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