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Details about  2002 Warwick German Thumb 5 Bass custom shop lined fretless

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2002 Warwick German Thumb 5 Bass custom shop lined fretless
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11-years of regular, honest, normal playing use and wear. In this case, wear signifies a good bass

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Nov 19, 2013 19:00:28 PST
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US $1,075.00
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Item location:
Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States


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Condition: Used : Split the cost with friends
An item that has been used previously. The item may have some signs of cosmetic wear, but is fully operational and functions as intended. This item may be a floor model or store return that has been used. See the seller’s listing for full details and description of any imperfections. See all condition definitions- opens in a new window or tab
Seller Notes: 11-years of regular, honest, normal playing use and wear. In this case, wear signifies a good bass that it is worthy of playing.

2002 Warwick Thumb Bass custom shop lined fretless

 German 5-String with Bolt-On Neck

Thumb basses are known for their distinct tone, resulting from Warwick’s special recipe of woods, dimensions, shapes, electronics, hardware, and pickup placement. This bass is typical in its 2002 German-made specifications:

• Ovangkol body, arched top, concave back, natural wax finish

• Three-piece ovangkol neck with 34" scale length

• Stock MEC pickups and 2-band preamp: Active/passive (push/pull) volume, blend, stacked bass/treble

• Black hardware, 2-piece Warwick bridge, Warwick tuners and Dunlop strap locks

This bass has additional custom-shop specifications:

• Ebony fingerboard

• Position lines (fret lines) on fretboard, and side dots

• Custom-shop designation in serial number

Condition: Overall condition is average to good for this 11-year old, stock bass. I play it regularly, and it shows signs of normal playing use and wear. 

• The body and neck have small, visible dimples and dings. None are to the extent of being noticeable, distracting, or disruptive to me while playing. Examine closely in good light and you will find many, too numerous to catalog. The front has a wear mark on the body, at the front-top portion of the neck pickup, where my thumb rests comfortably while playing with my fingers. The back has belt buckle worming that you will notice at angle in brighter light.

 The bridge and tailpiece hardware were replaced about a year ago, along with one tuner, at a cost of over $200. Replacement parts are stock Warwick factory replacements. Remaining tuners show minor plating wear.

 Like all Thumb basses, the stock tailpiece uses tapered strings for low B, E, A, and D. The bass is currently strung with tapered Pedulla rounds, with intonation and string height specifically set for tapered strings. Many Warwick users file the tailpiece slots to allow non-tapered strings. They remove the tailpiece (2 screws) and file the slots from beneath the finished areas. To use non-tapered strings, you would have to do this. Setup would then be needed, as tapered and non-tapered strings rest differently on the bridge pieces.

 The truss rod turns easily, and the neck adjusts responsively. The ebony fretboard is good with plenty of life. It shows minor string wear, overall. String vibration marks are evident at end of fretboard nearest the bridge, as pictured. However, this is an area that is typically not fingered in playing. This bass has an upgraded and current Warwick JAN III (adJustAble Nut). It is the fretless model, which has a shallower mounting plate than the fretted model. JAN III is a great improvement over the JAN II, found on most used Warwicks. 

 Electronics work without issue. Pickup covers show vibration wear, as shown, especially the neck pickup beneath the "B" and "E" strings. Potentiometer functions all work as intended. Like many Warwicks, the tabbed plastic electronics rear cavity cover is finicky to remove. A small piece of doubled-over black electrical tape forms a small pull tab, making rear cover removal much easier. 

The characteristic Thumb sound is strong. Mwah, growl, bark, and deep are at your beck and call. Tonal variations are plentiful between preamp settings, pickup blend, and right hand position and technique. Although the two-band MEC preamp adjusts bass and treble, you can enhance mids by decreasing bass and treble. Overall, this is a fun bass to play, and it sounds like a German fretless bass should.

A premium Rockbag is included in this transaction, along with truss rod adjusting tool, Dunlop strap locks, and Warwick body wax. 

Sidebar: If you want the brand new, pristine version of this bass, check out the Warwick pricelist. A stock Thumb 5 BO lists for $5,499, in fretted or fretless versions (whoa). Fretlines are a custom shop option of an additional $540. Breathtaking, eh?

Finally, the photos shown in this listing are the exact bass being sold.

UPS shipment follows your payment in the continental USA only. Shipping cost includes packing, materials, handling, and insurance.

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• Shipping to occur within 2 business days of payment

Returns are allowed, for any reason. You agree to all of the following:

• If you are not satisfied with this item for any reason, you may return it.

• You agree to notify me of the return within 72 hours of your package receipt.

• You agree to pay all shipping costs for this transaction, to and from you, via UPS

• Full refund of your purchase price, minus all shipping costs, will be made to you once the items are returned to me in the same condition as shown in pictures.

About me: I have been an eBay member since January 1999. I am a private individual, not a store. To date, my feedback is positive. My buying customers have been very pleased with accurate representations and descriptions, item quality, careful packaging, prompt shipping, and excellent communication. It will be my privilege to serve you in a similar manner.

Thank you for your interest!

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