Warmoth Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Old Fart, Jan 6, 2014.


  1. Old Fart

    Old Fart

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    I have a chance to buy a fretless bass that is built from a Warmoth body and neck. I have not seen this bass, and wonder about the quality of Warmoth parts. I wonder if they are on a par with Fender Am Std necks and bodies (especially necks). Anybody have problems with Warmoth necks?

    I know we don't discuss prices and values, but I wonder if it would be out-of-bounds for me to ask whether a well-built Warmoth bass would have value similar to an American Fender. If this question is out of bounds, then please forgive me.

    Another question: Supposedly, this entire bass is finished with Tung Oil. It looks beautiful in the pictures, but that's not my concern. When it comes to neck finishes, I prefer nude wood. Or a finely sanded poly finish (where the sanding can go through the finish for even better results). If this neck wood has been oiled, I wonder if it will feel sticky.
  2. eyeballkid

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    warmoth is usually right on par with fender american basses and are real nice stuff. they do however usually have a slightly lower resale value if you are comparing similar builds simply because of the lower name recognition. for example, if there is a fender american bass that would sell used for $800ish, the warmoth counterpart would probably fetch $700ish. However, warmoth offers options and wood choices you cant find on a fender and that brings the values up sometimes.
  3. hachi kid

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    I own a Warmoth I put together 3 years ago. it's easily the best bass I've ever put my hands on. I've played $5000 boutique basses that didn't even compare to me. maybe it's just my approach, but they're just really high quality parts. it's got a huge baseball bat neck on it, and it ended up weighing about 11lbs. I've timed it before when I had it completely unplugged...the low E audibly sustains out for about 20 seconds after I pluck a note. the neck never moves (it has strengthening rods in it), and if I never wang the tuners on anything, I just don't have to tune it. completely rock solid, and a total workhorse.

    the only downside is, like eyeballkid mentioned, the relatively poor resale value. that being said, don't put one together if you plan on selling it. I put mine together because I knew I wanted a swiss army bass that would do everything I needed which I would keep for as long as I was alive.

    I put it together with the help of my dad and a friend for wiring, but in the end it ran me right under $1500 for it. they painted it, and I bought all the parts. it also has 3 pickups, so that drove up the cost a little bit.
  4. 20db pad

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    Warmoth makes great stuff, easily comparable to all the big manufacturers of complete instruments and oftentimes better, IMO.

    If applied properly, tung oil has a nice feel that won't be sticky at all.
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  6. Old Fart

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    Thanks, fellow TB'ers. I think I might buy this bass. fretless. As far as the tung oil....I will probably take a solvent to the neck, then sand it lightly. I really do like nude necks.

    I think this bass is......a good bass.
  7. Hugh Jass

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    Tung oil if applied properly should feel like pretty much raw wood. It just seals the pores.

    As far as quality, don't sweat it. I recently acquired a neck from them and its perfect in every way. Not a flaw to be found. There have been some crazy weather swings in the couple months I've had it and it hasn't budged. I'm getting to the point where I don't even check the tuning before playing it because it never moves. Not in the slightest.
  8. grendle

    grendle Supporting Member

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    Great parts. Better quality than American fender stuff I have played. Resale sucks though. I have heard sadowski used warmth parts for a wile in the beginning if that tells you anything. Buy with confidence I would say as long as it was put together properly you should be good.
  9. M0ses

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    I have a fully Warmoth bass, with a tung oil neck.

    The bass is of at least as high quality as the MIA Fenders I have tried, and the oiled neck is far less sticky than any sanded poly neck could ever be (which is why I did it that way)

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