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Warwick Thumb 'JD' 1985 4 string bass *SOLD*
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Warwick Thumb 1985 'JD' bass

That time of the decade for me to have a clear out.

I've cribbed some of Luke's info re. this bass (it was previously for sale on here and I did a deal with a Sadowsky for this)

It's a pretty much all original 1985 JD Thumb bass, one of the first 150 ever made.  This is the second revision with the classic body shape, with the early shorter horn. Back in the days when Warwick was all about small scale handbuilt production. Why only pretty much all original?  The german session musician that Luke bought it from had it refretted with period correct steel frets (back in 85 these didn't have the bronze alloy frets). It's got that thin, skinny neck common of this era.  Weight is 8lb 15oz... under that elusive 9lb mark!

It doesn't state JD on the truss rod cover but back then all Thumb basses were "JD".  The truss rod cover is quite special - it's made of solid Mother of Pearl! According to an email conversation with HP Wilfer of Warwick this was quite an expensive feature and used in the early days to designate any "custom shop" models built to a particular spec. In this case the active SD active pickups and the brass saddles on a black bridge are slightly different to what you would expect. Luke asked and he couldn't remember who it would have been built for. You won't find many Warwicks with one of these truss rod covers. Jack Bruce had one on his 1985 fretless. 

Plays great, and has a nice low action all down the 26 frets, it sounds great with the classic thumb bass sound (piano like?) but comparing it to some later thumbs which had more of a middy compressed tone this is slightly more open sounding with a big fat bottom end.

Apart from a small chip to the corner of the truss rod cover it's in great condition for a 35 year old bass, actually it would probably be  in a pretty good condition for a 3 year old  bass.  

Comes in a Bass Centre branded '90's Warwick gig bag in usable condition but with the cable pocket zip broken. If it needs to be posted could add a generic hard case for an extra £20.

 

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You know how I feel about these; awesome. Best of luck with the sale. 

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Recommended seller and highly recommended bass. 
 

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I am getting a serious hankering for a vintage Warwick Thumb bass now!!! I really regret selling my 88 thumb bass... (Madness) The sound and build of early Warwick's so much better in my humble opinion..GLWTS of your vintage Warwick's:sun_bespectacled:

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I have an ‘88 bought new from R&B in Aberdeen in ‘88, it’s a keeper, I’ve come close even sold a matching Fretless, but no, it’s just fine hangin’ on the wall.

You will regret this 🤭

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2 hours ago, andytoad said:

What function do the little pickup sliders have @warwickhunt?

Change the resonant frequency on the pickups

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Just to be clear - the truss rod cover is a genuine Warwick factory item NOT an off the shelf add on and YES it is 'genuinely' less than 9lb in weight; I'll add a picture of it on the scales.

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The truss rod cover was a very early and very expensive way they designated either custom instruments or ones for special players (eg jack Bruce). It’s a massive slab Of mother of Pearl and goodness knows how much the materials would have cost. 
so factory fitted early “custom” bass - what we think is custom (we being John me and HP wilfer via email) is the pickups and bridge saddles. 
 

it’s a lightweight one, under 9lb as John said and for a short horn one (“I designed it wrong” HPF wilfer told me) it balances well.

the tone is amazing, bell like Piano tones which is a bit more open and less compressed that a typical Thumb bass - which makes it a bit more versatile. 
It was my ultimate dream bass and I only sold it as I was playing my other Warwick more regularly in the band. 

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Tasty 😍

only the last 2 pics are loading for me.. gutted! I wanna see the whole thing 😁

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6 minutes ago, Swaffle88 said:

only the last 2 pics are loading for me.. gutted! I wanna see the whole thing 😁

Have they loaded OK?  

Nice 89Ltd in your profile pic!

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Just now, OutSpoon said:

That’s lovely. Any trade interests? 

I never say 'never' BUT if it isn't something that really interests me the value would have to be such that I could sell it immediately, without hassle... in which case you'd likely get more selling it yourself.   

Message me and see, I can only give 1 of 2 answers.  ;)

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They’ve loaded now.. maybe the internet here or something. 

Aye I love my 89 ltd! Very nice instrument.. 😀

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On 08/07/2020 at 20:26, LukeFRC said:

This still here??!

Tell me about it!  Sold/Traded 3 of my other basses and I genuinely thought this would be the first to go.  

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I have an ‘88 Thumb, love it bought it new, still, every time I see one of this calibre I feel a need to buy it. Ah, never mind. GLWTS  I thought this would have jumped off the shelf as well.

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