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Build a Bass. AKA another excuse not to practice

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Gallient Knight, Sep 27, 2001.


  1. I am in the mood to build a bass and I am currently considering a Carvin 5 string bolt with the fake MM. My questions for all the TB'ers are.

    1) Anyone ever built one? Did you like it or not? How did it go?

    2) I am really a P-pick up lover. How does the stacked Jazz HB sound in comparison?

    3) Do you know of any other manufactures that sell kit basses. I know that warmouth does one as well but for some reason I am more drawn to the carvin.

    All experiences and thoughts are welcomed and appreciated.
     
  2. If you're just looking for bits and pieces and not an actually kit you can get stuff from Moses Graphite and Stewart-Macdonald.
     
  3. Why buy a kit? Why not just buy the exact individual components you want and put them together. It's easy. The finishing is the only thing requiring any real work.
     
  4. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I'm not a big fan of Carvin. I've played a few of my friends & played a few higher end models that came in for minor repairs @ my shop & i wasen't fond of them.

    Warmoth on the other hand makes great parts, but it's mostly geared towards Fender. You can build a GREAT Geicko bass like Groove Facilitator did. I've been really happy w/the Warmoth's I've built.

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  5. Yeah man, Warmoth! I built a P bass using a swamp ash body from their thrift shop department. Since they were so helpful and knowledgable, I also bought the Gotoh 201, a white pearloid PG and the SD Qtr pndr PUPs from them. I used a neck from another source, but I believe their necks are as good as it gets. Check the thrift shop for deals. Warmoth has everything you need to build a project bass and the prices are very fair. I would suggest going to Guitar Reranch for the finishing supplies.
     
  6. Monkey

    Monkey Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Dayton, Ohio, USA
    I bought a raw slab of alder and almost all the other parts from Carvin and put together a great bass. I bought pickups from Stew-Mac and tuners from someone else, but almost everything else was Carvin. It turned out great.
     
  7. wannabeabassist

    wannabeabassist

    Sep 27, 2001
    what would a build youselfer coast?
     
  8. for what I am looking at about 650 including case. 5 string fake MM pick up that will probably get replaced and a stacked jazz. Carivins standard pre amp. For a finish I am planning on a stain (warwick style) color or if I get really ambitious a tye died sunburst look.
     
  9. wannabeabassist

    wannabeabassist

    Sep 27, 2001
    thanks. i now didily about guitars, but putting together your own sounds cool to me.i'm in the market for a bass to learn on, would it be wise to build my first guitar or should i get a pre built? i got about a $450 budget.:confused:
     
  10. My P bass cost me $484. $70 of that was the finishing materials. UPS was a significant part of the total expense too. I love this bass. It looks and sounds just right and I really got my jollies collecting the components and assembling them. When I was a kid, I liked building model planes. As a teenager I hot rodded my cars. This bass building project is the same thing only different.
     
  11. wannabeabassist

    wannabeabassist

    Sep 27, 2001
    where can i get the componates to build my own?anyone have a web adress to a site? also how does a self built compare to pre built of same price range.......call me curious! thanks.
     
  12. I love my Warmoth. I like it better than just about any other bass I've ever played. I definatly suggest this to anyone as long as they have researched a lot and really know what they want.

    Excuse not to practice? Why wouldn't you want to practice? Playing bass is one of the finer things in life. If you don't like to play it, consider the investment.
     
  13. Hello GK.

    See if you can shout-up Rickbass1.

    He's into this kinda thing and is very knowledgable (sp?).

    Rockin John
     
  14. Thanks for all the help folks. This is really a great site and forum for information. I have been hanging around for a month or so and have learned more and found more info than I have in years.

    I think its time to be a supporting member.
     
  15. wannabeabassist

    wannabeabassist

    Sep 27, 2001
    thanks for the info! i defenately going to check into building my own.i would also think it would bring you closer to your guitar.