NBD 89' Warwick Thumb 6 string neck thru

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NBD 89' Warwick Thumb 6 string neck thru

Post by SneakyJak » 21 Aug 2018, 19:41

always wanted a thumb and tried drbass's 4 string but really wanted a 5 or 6 string.

thoughts .... it's heavy, in fact unless my Philips medical scales are lying to me and I did it twice it's 6.2kg .... sounds exactly like I thought it would. it's definitely got some fair ware and was in pretty good nick until about 20min ago when I smacked it into my laptop desk while fiddling with my tuner on my pedal board and damaged a machine head which will need replacing at some point soon.... idiot moment :banghead: :shrug:

string spacing at the nut 9mm
string spacing at the bridge 17-17.5mm
fretboard width at the 12th is 72mm (edge of the board)
Fretboard width at the 1st is 54mm (edge of the board)

action is low with no buzzing which is nice makes playing the faster songs effortless. The neck has a little more edge, meat etc etc almost a U shape I guess but I'm use to the Ritter which has an odd neck profile so it's not a big deal. Assuming I wont be adjusting the truss rod anytime soon.

It neck dives but seems to settle at straight position as in parallel to the ground and doesn't seem to go any further. I found by changing the length of the strap that's helped. I think it's going to be more of a "recording" bass than a practical gigging bass. I have my Ritter and David Searle 50's P bass is my main basses.

Bartonlini's sound great I was a little concerned because I like the pickups that come with the 4 and 5 string versions, MEC's I think. I've been playing it in passive with both pickups, that seems to be my happy place. I don't really like driving my pedals too hard with preamp gain so I tend use passive and on my Ritter single coil pickups. I just prefer the OD with lower output pickups. I am curious to see how it plays in the band context I have a sneaking suspicion it'll get a little lost in the mix. I could be wrong.

Enough waffle (I can't get my own photo's loaded properly so you get the bass centre photos)
get to the bass pic's in a minute I"m absolutely fascinated by the nut. I've never seen this before.
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Re: NBD 89' Warwick Thumb 6 string neck thru

Post by Daveze » 21 Aug 2018, 21:04

Drool

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Re: NBD 89' Warwick Thumb 6 string neck thru

Post by Classic5 » 21 Aug 2018, 22:20

That looks fantastic!

I've never heard of a Warwick getting lost in the mix, and I doubt this one would. I've also played Michaels old 4 string and thought it felt and sounded terrific. Very nice pickup Pete :thumbup:
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Re: NBD 89' Warwick Thumb 6 string neck thru

Post by drbass » 21 Aug 2018, 22:25

Looks great, Pete.

The nut is the same on mine, interesting concept that wouldn’t be hard to replicate. Pickup position of the bridge pu is pretty extreme but probably contributes to the sound character. 6.2 kgs? Well, no thanks ... .
And I really don’t know how Warwick are getting away with the pretty wild string angles at the nut to the tuners, drives me nuts.

Bring it along on Saturday.

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Re: NBD 89' Warwick Thumb 6 string neck thru

Post by SneakyJak » 21 Aug 2018, 22:29

drbass wrote:
21 Aug 2018, 22:25
Looks great, Pete.

The nut is the same on mine, interesting concept that wouldn’t be hard to replicate. Pickup position of the bridge pu is pretty extreme but probably contributes to the sound character. 6.2 kgs? Well, no thanks ... .

Bring it along on Saturday.

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Michael
Totally missed that nut on you bass. Think it’s a great idea. The weight is a little out of control..

No problem for Saturday

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Re: NBD 89' Warwick Thumb 6 string neck thru

Post by ozrider » 21 Aug 2018, 23:55

I've always thought these were beautiful basses, nice pickup!

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Re: NBD 89' Warwick Thumb 6 string neck thru

Post by ozrider » 21 Aug 2018, 23:56

ozrider wrote:
21 Aug 2018, 23:55
I've always thought these were beautiful basses, nice pickup!
wait, did you say 6.2kgs? You made my heavy SR5 seem like a blessing

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Post by sic608 » 22 Aug 2018, 06:12

Beautiful :cool:
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Re: NBD 89' Warwick Thumb 6 string neck thru

Post by SneakyJak » 22 Aug 2018, 07:01

ozrider wrote:
21 Aug 2018, 23:56
ozrider wrote:
21 Aug 2018, 23:55
I've always thought these were beautiful basses, nice pickup!
wait, did you say 6.2kgs? You made my heavy SR5 seem like a blessing
My scales are for patient monitoring (brother works in that industry) so I assume they are accurate

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Re: NBD 89' Warwick Thumb 6 string neck thru

Post by basshack » 22 Aug 2018, 08:14

Noice Pete. Not the heaviest bass to deal with when compared to my Warmoth 6, that is before I sliced it into two pieces and hollowed it out! It's now a svelte 5.7kg!
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Re: NBD 89' Warwick Thumb 6 string neck thru

Post by bassbass » 22 Aug 2018, 08:22

Congratulations on a super super instrument! I have an old friend with one of these basses. And every so often I get the great pleasure of doing some set up/maintenance on it. He has had it since new in around 90 or 91 I guess. Amazing tone and response. I love to polish the fretwire with my dremel because it comes up like gold bling!

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Post by ozrider » 22 Aug 2018, 08:51

Stunning instruments... my first bass instructor had a couple of these. They were heavy 4s, but they sounded amazing.

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Re: NBD 89' Warwick Thumb 6 string neck thru

Post by bassmaniac69 » 22 Aug 2018, 09:32

Nice find mate! At that weight I hope your core strength is up to the task! :)

Re the machine head, I would personally (and did on every Warwick I owned) replace the machine heads with Hipshot ultralights, it makes a hell of a difference!

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Re: NBD 89' Warwick Thumb 6 string neck thru

Post by SneakyJak » 22 Aug 2018, 13:01

bassmaniac69 wrote:
22 Aug 2018, 09:32
Nice find mate! At that weight I hope your core strength is up to the task! :)

Re the machine head, I would personally (and did on every Warwick I owned) replace the machine heads with Hipshot ultralights, it makes a hell of a difference!
I put the ultralights on the stuff I build and I love them. I was just looking Warwick website and they sell them as a replacement. Acknowledging an issue maybe ?

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Re: NBD 89' Warwick Thumb 6 string neck thru

Post by narcdor » 22 Aug 2018, 16:33

Warwick sell almost everything they have in their parts bins, including the funny nut above, as replacement parts. I even managed to track down a 1964 plastic shaft tuner for an old Framus bass. One of their models for an artist probably uses the hipshots. Then again they also sell a stack of pedals from EQD, Dunlop etc... who knows.
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