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=The Warwick Dolphin Club=

Discussion in 'Bass Guitars' started by Pepper Wadman, Aug 14, 2008.

  1. Dazed

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    Still wondering if I need a BN 5er.
    Not sure but it maybe too wide, haven't bonded with my BN Streamer but the standard is too narrow for me.
    1st world problems eh...
     
  2. Henrythe8

    Henrythe8 Dolphin Hoarder

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    Well if you aske me, you need one.
    What was the issue, the neck or the string spacing at bridge ?
     
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    Bridge spacing is perfect at 18-19, but I prefer a narrower nut.
    There. I said it.
     
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    Then you not want a Broadneck. A standard 5er and you adjust the bridge for a wider spacing.
    I'd suggest the Dlphin 5 that is on TalkBass, but IMO it's way overpriced. 3000USD...
     
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    That's the problem the standard is too narrow for the bridge spacing.
     
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    Florin Warwick Forum Administrator Supporting Member

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    It can be ordered via CS with different spacing iirc
     
  7. Henrythe8

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    I always thought the standard Warwick bridge was enough to achieve 18mm at the bridge.
     
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    I would skip the 5 string Dolphin on TalkBass. It's also on Reverb, where I made the guy a reasonable offer WEEKS BEFORE I bought the '89 Dolphin I ended up with. He responded saying he had another offer and was waiting for the funds to arrive, and if they did not, he would contact me. I never heard from him again, yet it is still up for sale on both sites. Not a good sign in my opinion. By the way, I offered $2400 USD, and he noted in his reply that my offer was on par with the one he was waiting on the funds for. His asking price is definitely too high for the bass he is selling.........ovangkol body and synthetic nut. That is not a judgement on the merits of ovangkol or synthetic nuts, just my observation that the boire body and brass nut add value and are, generally, more desirable.
     
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    StreamerII84 Warwick Endorser

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    I offered him $2600 about a month ago and he said it was on par with what "the other guy" offered him first and that he was waiting on the funds (same story), didn't hear from him again either.
     
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    Weird.
     
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    I have a Boire 4 Pro 1 from 89 that's my longest owned bass - since 91/92 (that will probably be buried or burnt with me when I go. or get sold :lol: ) , a beautiful SNTCS 5 and a 4 string Pro 2. The only other dolphin temptation left for me is a probably a Pro 1 5, but as stated above it would likely only be a Broadneck, and they don't come around too often.
     
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    It can, but I can't seem to get that distance between all strings due to the physical limits of the bridge and my ocd. The standard is 16.5mm.

    Custom shop is definately not an option!
     
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    kimgee Wenge Taste Tester Supporting Member Good Vibe Sponsor

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    I just noticed something interesting about my Dolphin that can hopefully be clarified by a Bartolini equipped Dolphin owner. My '89 Dolphin has MEC pickups in it, which I assumed were installed later since there was no MEC in 1989. It appears I may have made a false assumption about the Barts. On the outer edges of the bridge pickup routing hole on my Dolphin are faint lines or impressions that match the "lobes" on the outer edges of the Bartolini pup that I had assumed was once in that position. However, after looking closely at pix of other Bart equipped dolphins, it appears that what I had thought were some kind of cover screws (the screws in those "lobes"), are actually the pup's mounting screws which means there should be 3 routed out areas on the bass to match the mounting screw's "lobes". On my bass, there are no routed out areas for those Bartolini mounting screws, but there appears to be routed out areas for them on other Bartolini equipped Dolphins. Take a look at these images and please let me know what you think.

    My Dolphin with MECs:
    20160801_184705.jpg


    Not my Dolphin with Barts:
    ypqhz6tapkuh17qxmprl.jpg

    Pretty weird, eh?
     
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    Going out on a limb here but have the 3 routed out areas (for a Bart MM type pickup ) been filled in your dolphin?
    There does appear to be some outline of where the MM mounting ears would be.

    My 89 Bartolini equipped Pro 1 is routed that way. It isn't a cover, it sits into the body.
     
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    I don't think so. I will get out the magnifier and a bright light and double check, but I took a close look when I first got it, and as I recall, the grain is still present in those outlines.

    EDIT: Ok, I just zoomed in on the image I have on this computer, and there is definitely grain in the outlines of the "lobes". However, someone could have used dowels, or something along those lines, to fill the original routings. I will take a close look when I get home. I must say though, the grain I see seems to match the grain surrounding the "lobes". Oh my, the drama! Prototype MECs? Must investigate further.
     
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    On the bass side there looks like two darker semi circles in the lighter stripe of body wood where the mounts would be. Looks neat enough though.
     
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    Not that much.
    The MEC TJ is exactly 9cm Long
    The Bartolini MM is 8.5mm long, 10cm with the lobes for the mounting screws.
    Looking at your bass, there are clearly visible "ears" 2 on the the left and one on the right of your pickup, indicating the presence of a Bartolini beforehand. The have been "filled" and if you remove the pickup, you'll probably see the difference in color.

    As for the width, the TJ is 4cm wide (5 with the ears for pickup screws), and the Bart is 4.5cm, which also explains why you have some space in your p'up cavity.

    pics here for the measurments :
    https://goo.gl/photos/bTN8FFsm1GYhTqvq6

    At you service.
    :)
     
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    Ok, the Bart mounting holes have been filled in, and boy did someone do a fine job of it. It appears inserts with closely matching grain were glued into the holes and then routed again. The alignment, direction of the grain, and re-routing are near perfect. Pretty impressive work.
    Again, thanks to all for the helpful input.
     
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    Can I join the club, gents? :D

    IMG_1260.jpg
     
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    Nachobassman Bass, Tapas, and Rn´R!

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    That´s a sexy mammal, congrats.
     
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