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Building your bass..

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by DarkMazda, Oct 21, 2001.


  1. DarkMazda

    DarkMazda

    Jun 3, 2000
    NJ
    I had an idea of building my own bass from parts...

    Warmoth
    Moses
    Carvin

    are they the only way to go? Are there any other companies out there that make bodies and necks as well?

    I've never tried building my own bass from parts and I thought it would be kind of a cool idea!

    Nino: would you be able to help me? :D
     
  2. rllefebv

    rllefebv

    Oct 17, 2000
    Newberg, Oregon
    Any or all of those are good choices... (for some reason, I am drawn to the Carvin kit. The one I worked on was pretty high quality, and talk about price!). I always suggest that a guy try to make it from scratch if possible...

    -robert
     
  3. DarkMazda

    DarkMazda

    Jun 3, 2000
    NJ
    how hard is acutlaly finish the bass.. like body/neck wise
     
  4. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Bettendorf, IA USA
    You might also consider http://www.mightymite.com or http://www.allparts.com


    They sell decent parts.

    Finishing can be as easy or as difficult as you want it to be. It can be anything from a few coats of clear poly to protect the wood to a tree-tone sunburst. It just depends on what you want.

    The neck can be left unfinished (might not last as long) tung oiled, matte sprayed or gloss sprayed. OF course if you go with a Moses neck, there is no need to finish it.

    Chas
     
  5. Ely

    Ely

    Jun 8, 2001
    Huntsville, AL
    I just thought I'd give this a bump because I've been considering a Warmoth bass for a long time, but I just get lost with all the parts.

    Here's what I don't get:

    What about String Tees, nuts, and other neck related items? (ie Which ones are good?)

    What about Jacks, Pots, and all that jazz? (same as above)

    What about Knobs, Plates, Covers, etc? (This is the most annoying just because of all the small parts there are)

    What does Warmoth do about Straplocks, jacks, and String Tees? Do you have to drill/cut them yourself?

    thanks.
     
  6. Brendan

    Brendan

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    They sell all of those things, and I think that you have to install them yourself, as well as filing nuts, and *maybe* saddles, but that I'm not too sure of.

    And then my own two cents:

    I wanna build a Warmoth. I already have a neck, now I want to take a Warmoth body, and wire it up all purdy, with new hardware, body, pickups, and electronics. I think it'd be a great project, not to mention give me a 4 string that was a seriously butt kicking groove machine...
     
  7. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    Yep, I'd love to build a Warmoth 4 too...I've got everything all spec'd out, but I need the money, not to mention the need that will outweigh my desire for a graphite necked 6 string.

    Like I said though...doesn't matter, I don't have the money for anything, nor the need. I'm just fine as it is.
     
  8. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    With a Modulus Q5 and a Roscoe LG 3005 fretless, I would be fine too.:D :D
     
  9. Steve Mosher

    Steve Mosher

    Oct 23, 2001
    Quite a few players build their own basses with Warmoth bodies and necks, or with Warmoth bodies and Moses Graphite necks. Moses has necks that fit the Warmoth 5 bodies and necks for the Gecko 5. Both companies build good products. It just depends on the overall sound, stability/durability and sustain you are after. As someone else said, the Moses necks don't require a finish. They are totally ready to go.
     
  10. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    :D

    Yes, fine was an understatement. :)

    (So is my bank account...)