#1
Originally, these basses had me transfixed whilst scoping out pictures of them.
I had never gotten my hands onto a warwick before though, as I live in a town that stocks terrible intruments (squiers and low end yamaha's anyone?). Not to say squiers and yamahas are terrible, they just aren't professional grade intruments.

The one decent music shop in Brisbane stocked a wide range of musicman, fender and gibson intruments - however warwick was never stocked.

I ventured down to brisbane again this holidays and, lo and behold, they had some in now.
One was a five string corvette (I can't remember the specifiics) and the other was a four string Thumb. As previously mentioned, this bass had my eye's attention for quite a while.

Sadly enough, after playing it I felt somewhat disappionted. I felt the stingray did a better job (for just under 2/3 of the price!). So, with this confusion I thought I'd venture over here to UG so see what some other bassists thought of the Thumb.

Is it really quite as bland as I experienced, or does It have some sort of redeeming quality? After all, it may just be my preference ??
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#2
Its a different tone, with its growl. More love it or hate it.

I love the warwick growl, so long as you roll the treble down a bit. Pure it's too much.

I'm getting my corvette fairly soon (just need a bit more money) and I loved the sound of them. Rolled the tone ight down on a passive one for a beautiful, slightly growling tone. As I describe it, a pissed of jazz bass.

If it isn't for you, don't get one. Hell, I only like the stringray tone for slap 95% of the time, so I'm unlikely to get one unless I start rolling it in.

Play around for a bit. It may take a while to find what you love in them, but for most people warwicks will hold a great tone, it may just take some searching.
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#3
I think they sound nice, look nice, are very comfortable, but weigh a little too much.
#4
It seemed arkward to play, as if a little unbalanced. That my have been due to other issues though.

I like Stingrays (and am waiting for a damn shop to stock some bongos) because of their attack and tone. Were as the Thumb does growl, it just isn't the same. The thumb is like the weird dog you see at people's places that just sits around and growls at random things, were as the stingray is the pissed off dog that just wants to screw everything with aggresive awesomeness.

Honesly, I didn't like the 'feel' of the Thumb, the neck and frets felt 'dry'. I can't really explain it by taking a description much further
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#5
Thumbs = notorious neckdive.
Which is kinda fun to play imo.
But you either like their tone or you don't, that's how it is with most warwicks.
Thumbs are versatile, but there's no point in getting a thumb if you don't like how a thumb sounds.
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#7
Im not talking about getting one, lol.

Im just trying to see if other people have had any sort of mixed feelings after using one like myself.

The sound they put out was gnarly, I'm in no way saying it sound crap. More that it was arkward to play, it felt really dry and cheap.
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#8
It seems that Warwicks either take a while to get used to, or you like it right away.


I personally thought the Thumb felt a bit weird at first, but after maybe 15 mins of tooling around in the guitar store, I kinda got a feel for it. I like the tone definitely.
#9
Haha Allens is sweeeet =P

Yeah I went there the other day and had a buzz on the new warwicks.

I gotta say, even tho I've been dreaming of a warwick since the day I started playing bass I dig my 24 fret fender more..Maybe cos im used to it..Maybe cos I only played em for about 10 minutes..Its not that I was disapointed or anything I just like my Jazz

Having said that..If I had the cash I would totaly get one
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#10
Best thing about warwicks is how they look imo.
They look better than they sound. and they sound great :P

EDIT: I've got serious GAS for a thumb NT atm, they actually aren't that much second hand really.
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Best thing about warwicks is how they look imo.
They look better than they sound. and they sound great :P

EDIT: I've got serious GAS for a thumb NT atm, they actually aren't that much second hand really.


Trust me, the diference between the Corvette and the Thumb is immense. I sold my Corvette after I got my Thumb NT, but I kinda regret that now.

I love my Thumb, but it has substantially much more mid range than the Corvette. Also, the short upper horn is a bit of a problem for reaching, and I know a few people who just couldn't get used to it.
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#12
I say the stingray doesnt compare to the thumb but thats my thought
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#13
i played a warwick thumb bass 5 string yesterday, it was 2200$ secondhand at the guitar works.

i also played a mm bongo 5 string which was 1600$


in complete honesty i thought the bongo blew it away, i thought it played smoother had much more of a tonal variety, and was a much better deal for the price.

it all comes down to preference
#14
I'm not a Warwick fan, I've only every played one that impressed me and that was the Jack Bruce signature bass which was ridiculously expensive. I've played a gig with a friend's Corvette and the tone, feel and look just wasn't for me, I've also tried out various Thumbs and Corvettes in my local music shop (practically the only basses they stock are Warwick) and I'd take my P-Bass or a Stingray over any of them. Many people will disagree with me though, I just don't get along with Warwicks.
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Trust me, the diference between the Corvette and the Thumb is immense. I sold my Corvette after I got my Thumb NT, but I kinda regret that now.

I love my Thumb, but it has substantially much more mid range than the Corvette. Also, the short upper horn is a bit of a problem for reaching, and I know a few people who just couldn't get used to it.



I know the difference, I've played a few thumbs, I think I like the sound of the BO more really, but the NT feels better.
I doubt I'll get one, I'm used to no neckdive...
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#16
I'm digging the Fender P and Stingray at the moment ( still waiting for Alan's to get a Bongo, damnit).
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