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Warwick Thumb nt 4, 1987 - *SOLD*
£1650
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UK Ken

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Hi,

The time has come for me to part ways with some of my collection of lovely Warwick basses. These instruments get occasionally played/cleaned and waxed/returned to their classes, and deserve to go to someone who will give them the play time they deserve. After owning a few other thumbs (limited 03 & 06, 98nt) I finally got the “one” I was looking for. This bass is the lightest thumb I have played with the thinnest/fastest neck which plays and sounds great. I bought this bass from the original owner on eBay.de, and the instrument is in excellent original condition except for some blemishing of the paint on the bridge which does not affect its function or the playability. A couple of years ago I had the frets crowned/levelled and the bass set up by Chris Eccleshall guitars, and there is plenty of life left on the frets. Everything else on the bass works as expected. I wrote to Warwick about the spec for the bass and had a prompt reply from H.P. Wilfer, see below.

Bass Thumb Bass NT 4 string
Serial Number E xxx 87
Year 1987
Month May
Number 852
Neck Wood Wenge Wood with Bubinga Strips
Fingerboard Wenge Wood, with Mother of Peal Inlays
Frets Bronce Warwick Frets 
Nut Just a Nut Brass Version
Neck construction NeckThrough hidden neck construction
Body 3 pcs. solid Bubinga Wood
Surface Oil Finish / Beewax
Pickups active EMG JJ Pickups
Electronic 2 Band Electronic by MEC
Hardware Schaller Hardware made for Warwick
Made in Germany / Pretzfeld (West Germany)

 

Included is a Warwick heavy duty flight case (black), and strap locks

£1650 GBP collected, or worldwide shipping at buyers expense.     No Trades

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Having acquired an ‘88 Thumb after going through several more modern iterations I can only echo what’s already been said, these are worth the money and the neck is a joy to play.

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15 hours ago, vincbt said:

Having acquired an ‘88 Thumb after going through several more modern iterations I can only echo what’s already been said, these are worth the money and the neck is a joy to play.

100% agree! I have an 87 JD Thumb 5 string. Best neck I've ever played. Mine has Bartolini Js in it and absolutely sings. 

All the bass you ever need right there!

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Thanks for the kind words guy's, the neck on this bass is as described and is a real pleasure to play. I haven't had this bass out of the house very often, but couldn't resist last Friday for a photo when it was sunny.

 

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Surprised this is still here. Maybe worth adding the precise weight as you mentioned it being the lightest Thumb you have owned and bubinga's weight can be a deterrent to some. GLWYS!

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Thanks Clarky good point, bubinga does vary a bit in density/weight. The best I have is a bathroom scales, so I've just stepped on/off, and it looks like this beautiful instrument weights 4.1 kg.

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6 hours ago, UK Ken said:

Thanks Clarky good point, bubinga does vary a bit in density/weight. The best I have is a bathroom scales, so I've just stepped on/off, and it looks like this beautiful instrument weights 4.1 kg.

A 9lb NT Thumb would make this the lightest I've come across, if accurate that's pretty special!  I've never had one under 10lb from any era.

 

Someone must grab this soon.

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11 minutes ago, Kev said:

A 9lb NT Thumb would make this the lightest I've come across, if accurate that's pretty special!  I've never had one under 10lb from any era.

 

Someone must grab this soon.

Been very tempted myself but made some big purchases recently. This websites killing me 😂 

How many £0000,s do you pay with other leading brands for their golden era stuff ?

That terms often misused tbf but not with these monsters. 

1650 for a bass of this era, quality and condition is a complete liberty. 

This would be going under the bed till its 40th birthday

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8 hours ago, Kev said:

A 9lb NT Thumb would make this the lightest I've come across, if accurate that's pretty special!  I've never had one under 10lb from any era.

 

Someone must grab this soon.

I’ve played a few around the 9lb mark over the years. In fact I’ve played a couple that were probably under that. 

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I've been asked again for extra pics to include the neck, trusrod nut and  electronics/battery cavities. The neck is straight and setup nearly flat with low action. The trusrod works as expected, and everything original in the electronics cavity.

 

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Ah it looks fantastic...such great basses. As a Bass Centre lurker around 86/87 I would have picked one of these up over going anywhere near a Wal. So playable and punchy. 

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18 minutes ago, Cairobill said:

Ah it looks fantastic...such great basses. As a Bass Centre lurker around 86/87 I would have picked one of these up over going anywhere near a Wal. So playable and punchy. 

Almost exactly what I did in 1987 at the Bass Centre, ordered a 5 string after playing a very similar 4 string destined for a certain Mr. Bruce. I had a Wal Pro 1 fretless at the time, never went back to playing 4 string basses.

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This beautiful instrument can be delivered to you in a black Warwick heavy duty  flightcase  inside a cardboard box, or for £50 less could be delivered in an old Warwick gigbag inside the cardboard box. Alternatively I can meet you at a reasonable distance or further for petrol money. Otherwise you can come down for a cup of tea and collect.

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