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Thumb Prototype?

Discussion in 'Bass Guitars' started by kimgee, Jun 1, 2018.

  1. kimgee

    kimgee Wenge Taste Tester Supporting Member Good Vibe Sponsor

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    Hoggles Supporting Member Good Vibe Sponsor

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    Wow. That is interesting. Never seen anything like it. Looks to be real. Worth sending a pic to HP and see what he says.
     
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    RIP California U.S.A. Supporting Member

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    Huh....If I had $800 to spend I'd just might buy that.....it'd be an interesting conversation piece to say the least
     
  4. Florin

    Florin Warwick Forum Administrator Supporting Member

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    The bass looks legit to me. Probably not a prototype, but a custom order for somebody. Year 92 is very good, bass looks in pretty good shape, and you can chose to route it like a 5 stringer (I love that pickup placement on a thumb)
    For that price I#d buy it in a moment, if you are willing to route, buy pickups, etc.
     
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  5. kimgee

    kimgee Wenge Taste Tester Supporting Member Good Vibe Sponsor

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    I got the seller to drop the price $200, so I got it for $700 shipped. Yay me! I think I might install a Roland synth setup on it since it looks like it would slip right in. But, I'll just have to wait and see what the deal is when I get it.
     
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    Might want to confirm with HPW what this is.
     
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    jester Moderator Moderator

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    badasstic! routing fun much!
     
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  8. kimgee

    kimgee Wenge Taste Tester Supporting Member Good Vibe Sponsor

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    This may have been a Lightwave prototype, as opposed to a Warwick prototype, since the payment went to Lightwave Systems. It should be interesting.
     
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    Very cool, Kim! Congrats! Email HP pics and keep us updated.
     
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    Whhaaaattt ?? my gawd i love it
     
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    Wow very cool
     
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    Florin Warwick Forum Administrator Supporting Member

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    BTW, don't consider you need moding without trying it first. The Lightwave system is pretty interesting :)
     
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    It would be interesting to hear it with the lightwave, though the advert says it doesn't work. Maybe/hopefully it can be fixed as is. Such a unique Thumb.
     
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    Doesn't look like LW to me. Acoarst my LW
    is the current design, all monobridges. And
    the back cover is even more huge and weird
    than whatz seen on that Thumb. "Current" ?
    Sorta current ... mine is about 20 years old.
    Acoarst it's factory FL ... and bolt-on ... and
    very light and well balanced ... IOW waaaay
    NOT Thumbish. And it also has piezos. You
    gotta KNOW how I looooves an FL piezo ax .
    The LW sensors is just the icing on the cake !
    Just imagine it: an FL bass fitted with TWO
    non-magnetic PU systems ! I strung it with
    nylon core, bronze wound strings 20 years
    ago and they're still alive and kicking.

    ACOARST your PK has a LW bass. I mean.
    whodafugg else WOULD ? :)


    The multi-pin jack looks like synth to me, as
    does that PU. Inneressing that payment went
    to something named Lightwave, since LW is
    now called "Willcox Guitars".

    Also, even tho the jack is a synth jack, the LW
    PUs simply produce electronic signal, which
    could be run to a synth instead of an audio OP
    amp. And that thing on the bridge COULD be
    a very early LW PU array. And that extra cover
    next to the rnormal Wick cover is the right size
    for LWs rather large 12 volt rechargeable pack.
     
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  15. kimgee

    kimgee Wenge Taste Tester Supporting Member Good Vibe Sponsor

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    Here is the info that Mr. Wilfer was kind enough to provide:

    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 003565 92
    Year 1992
    Month July
    Number 003565
    Neck Wood Wenge Wood with Bubinga lamination
    Fingerboard Wenge
    Frets Bronce Warwick Frets
    Nut Just a Nut Brass Version
    Neck construction Neckthrough Hiddenneck construction
    Body 3 pcs. solid Bubinga Body
    Surface Oil Finish
    Pickups no Idea
    Electronic unknown
    Hardware Black Hardware made for Warwick
    Made in Germany / 91330 Eggolsheim

    - Pickup/Electronic
    I am not sure what kind of electronic/Pickup is used on this Bass,
    it could by a prototype with a Optical Pickup system but this wasn`t
    made by us...

    I really never saw this Bass that it was made by us in the workshop
    but we were working with an company in the US in this time but
    we lost the contact after a while.... so really can`t give you more
    information to it..

    best regards

    I am going to ask the seller what the issue was with the installed electronics and try to determine if it is worth attempting to repair. Otherwise, I am thinking either a piezo setup, if possible, or maybe a Roland synth, since the jack appears ready to accept the synth plug. It should prove to be interesting if nothing else.
     
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    I like that the pickups are "no idea" but the electronics "unknown" lol
     
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    kimgee Wenge Taste Tester Supporting Member Good Vibe Sponsor

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    I have been informed by the seller that it is non-functional, and requires and external power supply, which powers it thru the multi-pin plug. He didn't seem to have much info on it, so I will just have to wait until it arrives. Does anyone know anything about piezo set-ups for Warwick bridges? I see piezo saddles on their website, but they don't look like they would fit the standard bridge.
     
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    Regardless of what happens with the electronics; this is such a unique Thumb. To have come out of the factory, with no pup holes, is incredibly amazing. Looks to be pretty damn minty as well.

    Total score just for the collectability factor alone. Stoked, Kim.
     
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    I'm with Flo on this, 5 string Thumb NT pickup positioning. :)
     
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    Routing pickups in this bass is a sin and it should be a bannable offense. :D
     
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