#1
I was wondering what the differences are between these models, and why the Thumb NT is so much more expensive than the Thumb Bolt-On.

What's more confusing is, I heard from owners of both that they prefer the cheaper Bolt-On by a mile.
#2
I suppose its down to mainly personnal preference. The Nt is neckthrough. Ask on warwick forums.

But ya mainly personnal preference. Try them both. You thinking off getting another warwick.
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#3
besides the B.O. looking way cooler? i'm pretty sure (i'm not) that because the NT is made of a different (probably better) wood it costs more
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I suppose its down to mainly personnal preference. The Nt is neckthrough. Ask on warwick forums.

But ya mainly personnal preference. Try them both. You thinking off getting another warwick.


I'm thinking about getting something a step up from my Corvette bubinga in the next couple of years. Depends what costs less at the time; a Thumb or a MM Stingray.
#5
If you look well enogh, you could get them both for the same price. Ive seen thumbs for for 800 and ive seem MM go for 800.
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#6
The neckthrough has a Bubinga Pommele body, and a 3-band EQ, whereas the BO has an ovangkol body and 2-band eq. I think the BO has a Wenge fretboard rather than an Ebony one as well.
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The neckthrough has a Bubinga Pommele body, and a 3-band EQ, whereas the BO has an ovangkol body and 2-band eq. I think the BO has a Wenge fretboard rather than an Ebony one as well.


It's becoming more and more obvious that Warwick is aimed at people with exotic wood fetishes.
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people with exotic wood basses are clearly compensating for their own wood
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#11
All I can say is I tried a used NT and all I have to say is meh. Not to say the sound isn't great, it is, but for that price just get a BO thumb or a $$ for cheaper and still get the same, if not better sounds.
#12
I own both a '96 Thumb NT4 and a '97 Thumb BO5.

The Bolt-on is definately punchier and more aggressive, whereas the NT is smoother and much more detailed. Two very different, and yet very similar basses. Both balance about the same, and have the same essential Thumb tone. However, I really need to get fresh strings on the BO5 to do a more even comparison. The NT4 has brand new Fat Beams, but the BO5 has ancient SR2000's.

Mine are older, and have older wood configs. The BO has an ovangkol body with an all-wenge neck and fingerboard, while the NT has a Bubinga Pommelle body, 7-piece wenge/bubinga neck, and wenge fingerboard. Both are way heavy.

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#13
Don't they both have a 2-band EQ?

Also, the NT's body is much smaller, as the neck has 2 more frets than the BO. Tuning it to BEAD would result in as many tones as a 21-fret 5-string
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#14
The really old Thumb NT's from the 80s and early 90s had 2-bands, but all beyond that point have 3-band EQ's. All BO's have 2-band.

The NT's body isn't any smaller, but the horns are elongated and the "neck pocket" between the horns is recessed a bit more. It only looks smaller.

Actually, I should say that the BO's neck joint area is elongated from the NT design to accomodate the bolt-on construction.
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#15
I have used both NT and BO and honestly I like the punch from the Thumb BO. Like stated previously by someone else, the neck through is really sustained and colourful. But I prefer the Bolt on. Right now I'm playing a Warwick Corvette $$ and I think it's better then the thumb bass