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New bass day - 1987 Warwick Thumb

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Hey all, 

Today is a great day. I've always wanted a year of birth instrument and let's be honest, the late 80s were not a good time for Fender. However things were going pretty well in West Germany. 

Here is my new 1987 Warwick Thumb. I'm it's second owner, the first bought it from Warwick direct. I spotted it on ebay with less than 2 hours remaining and knew I had to have it. The owner delivered it today because couriers are a nightmare at the moment. It's been played, loved and looked after. Here are some photos. I really couldn't be happier with it. 

I've done the obligatorty send some photos to Warwick in the hopes of getting any more info on its history. It sounds like a thumb should too. It's taking a bit of getting used to. I'm always 3 frets higher up than I think I am.

Here are the photos. I've never seen the edges of a pickup wear in this way before. It's in incredible condition I think. 

Enjoy! 

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Great choice in bass to go with the best birth year 😉

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Had two, both early '90s; a fretted and a fretless. Should never have sold them.

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I emailed Warwick to get the history of the instrument and got a response from Hans-Peter Wilfer! 

 
"Dear Mr. Cocco,
 
thanks for your request and interest into your Warwick Bass and for
giving me the requested information. Please note as following :
 
- Bass               Thumb Bass NT
                     4 string
  Serial Number      G 971 87
  Year               1987
  Month              July
  Number             971
  Neck Wood          Wenge Wood with Bubinga lamination stripes
  Fingerboard        Wenge Wood
                     with real mother of Pearl Dot inlays
  Frets              Bronce Warwick Frets  
  Nut                Just a Nut Brass Version
  Neck construction  Neckthrough hiddenneck construction
  Body               3 pcs. solid Bubinga Wood
  Surface            Oil Finish / BeeWax surface
  Pickups            active EMG JJ Pickups
  Electronic         active MEC 2 Band electronic
  Hardware           Black Hardware made for Warwick
  Made in Germany / 08258 Markneukirche
 
We wish you an ongoing pleasure playing your Thumb Bass NT
4 string Warwick Bass and if you have time and personal interest
to join our Facebook or Instagram page please signe up under
 
- Warwick/Framus Facebook
 
  https://www.facebook.com/warwickframus
 
with best regards
 
Framus & Warwick GmbH & Co Music Equipment KG
 
Hans-Peter Wilfer  02.06.2020, 10:15
CEO

 

 

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I doubt it was made in Markneukirche as I thought they only moved there in 1992 after reunification 

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20 hours ago, luckman67 said:

Warwick's best looking bass 😎

This one!

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But jokes aside, that is one sexy Thumb NT you got there, Cocco!

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That is probably on of the nicest looking Thumbs I've seen. The grain gives it a bit of character, and it has clearly been much loved.

May it be of good service to you!

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I much prefer the shape/woodwork Warwick used on these earlier Thumbs. Beautiful!

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17 hours ago, DiMarco said:

This one!

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But jokes aside, that is one sexy Thumb NT you got there, Cocco!

That's a beauty too! 

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