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Assembling a Warmoth?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by CmdrSmirnoff, Jun 18, 2003.

  1. Alrighty, I got a slew of questions about these.

    How hard would it be to put one of their basses together if you order the neck/body at the same time?

    Is it just a matter of putting the right screws in the right holes?

    Is it something any newbie can do, or should it be taken to a pro? And how much would a luthier usually charge for putting one together?

    Have any of you guys ever tried it? Did you screw up at all?

    If you DO screw up somehow, is there any damage that's not reversable?

    Thanks in advance :)
  2. Bass Kahuna

    Bass Kahuna

    Dec 3, 2002
    West Lafayette, Indiana
    Luthier, Custom Builder
    It would depend on whether you ordered the neck and body finished or not. If you order it finished, then all you would need to do would be to:

    - buy all the necessary hardware and electronics from Warmoth or someone else

    - bolt the neck and body together

    - install the hardware and electronics (tuners, bridge, pickups and electronics, etc.). If you buy the electronics and hardware from Warmoth and talk to them, they should ship the body and neck with all of the proper holes drilled for mounting the hardware and electronics. Installing the electronics will involve minor soldering. Also, don't cut anything off of the pickup leads until you have everything mounted. Once or twice in my early years I snipped a pickup lead to what I thought was about the right lenght and it ended up being too short when installed. Now I also leave an extra "loop" of wire on the pickup lead for the same reason God put nipples on men - just in case! :p Test all of the electonics by lightly tapping on the pickups with a small metal screwdriver before putting the strings on to ensure that they are working okay.

    - then install the strings and do a setup. Ensure the nut is filed properly, adjust the truss rod if needed, set the string height and intonation, etc.

  3. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Here are a few that I've built.

    <img src="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/attachment.php?s=&postid=1002887">

    <img src="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/attachment.php?s=&postid=820571">

    <img src="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/attachment.php?s=&postid=552868">
  4. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Warmoth only pre-drills the Bridge holed & controls (of needed)
  5. Prahainspring


    Oct 22, 2002
    New Jersey
    I really like your Warmoth Jazz bass. I was thinking about putting one together. How much did all the stuff for the jazz cost about?