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essex bodys and necks

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Mrmoonlight88, Jun 27, 2002.


  1. how do the essex bodys and necks compare to those built buy warmoth and all parts. Im looking for a project bass, and i would sell the tuners,bridge, and pickups on ebay really cheap.
    The bass has an alder body and a maple/rosewood neck. at warmoth thatd be like 300. If i put on some fralin pickups, a badass 2 bridge, and some fender vintage tuners, and possible a j-retro( if i have the money) would it be worth it?
     
  2. I'll be doing the same thing next month, so I'll keep you updated. I've heard good things about the construction of the basses. The only bad thing I've heard is that the pick ups are weak, and the bridge is less than stellar. The tuners are good though, from what I've been told.
     
  3. yeah, the basses are really great for the money. i have an essex, but i havnt tried any warmoth stuff yet though. i really like the essex. like chaosgwar said, the pickups are a bit weak and the bridge is one the youd want to replace.

    id say get the essex and upgrade.
     
  4. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I have both an Essex & a Warmoth 4 string Jazz.

    Essex basses are good. Compared to a MIM Fender, they stack up very well & hold their own.

    Warmoth parts are, IMO, SUPER HIGH QUALITY!!!!! The Essex parts do not compare in terms of quality & construction.

    If you're looking for a project bass I'd go foer the Essex. What I mean project bass is if you feel uncomfortable doing some of the modifications & you feel you might mess something up.

    If you feel confident in your building skills & have the proper funds, go Warmoth, no doubt!!!!!

    <img src="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/attachment.php?s=&postid=552868">
    <img src="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/attachment.php?s=&postid=571116">
     
  5. the main reason i wanted the essex was because im 13 and couldnt affors to get all the parts and warmoth body and neck, but eventually i would replace the body and neck. thanks a lot everyone.
     
  6. Actually, the body and neck should be the last things you need to replace, unless you want a graphite neck. Upgrade the hardware, the body and neck are fine.

    Look for my Essex upgrade thread in the near future, cuz as of today, I'm $155 richer!
     
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  8. they are comparable to my 600 dollar washburn...
    im not sure what the body is made out of but its heavier than my 5 stringer..the neck is really really thin but i guess thats how jazzers are
     
  9. ndjx

    ndjx

    Oct 26, 2001
    MN
    Nino, when did they have an Essex like that? Or did you do that yourself?
     
  10. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I bought it from Rondo Music in NJ. <A href="http://www.rondomusic.bigstep.com/item.jhtml?UCIDs=850849%7C940496&PRID=1144898"><b>CLICK HERE</b></a> for more info.

    This is what it looked like before I modified it:
    <img src="http://65.108.199.151/pictures.bmp/sjb62mglpb1.jpg">

    I put a BadAss II Bridge on it. It's alittle different than the picture. I removed the EMG's (put them in something else) & put a set of EMG Select's & an Aguilar OBP-1. Currently, I removed the Pickup cover, but it'll probably go back on when I feel like putting back on. :)

    P.S. The Select/OBP-1 combo sound GREAT!!!!! IMO
     
  11. ndjx

    ndjx

    Oct 26, 2001
    MN
    I'm getting one, for the price and the fun of upgrading. As well as that Lake Placid blue... such a beautiful color. Is the Aguilar OBP-1 an outboard pre that hangs on the bass or does it go inside like the J-Retro? Oh and what exactly does that pick-up cover do? I've seen them on basses but never understood the purpose.
     
  12. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    The OBP-1 is an on board pre amp & you need to route out the bass for the pre amp & 2 9V batteries. The pickup cover's purpose id to cover the pickup. :):D