how much did you spend on your Warmoth Gecko?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by steviecsg, Nov 6, 2003.

  1. steviecsg


    Aug 16, 2002
    Just want to know how much you spent on your Warmoth Gecko.
  2. Fortunately, none. I was seriously looking at a Gecko. I did the math, and discovered it was not a good value.

    People always talk about the poor resale value of Carvins. A Gecko can't have much better resale value. Would you want to buy an instrument that could have been cobbled together by an amateur? Of course, some of the people who build Geckos know what they're doing; I'd venture to guess that they're in the minority.

    I'd buy a Gecko assembled by a pro, IF it were reasonably priced.

    My two Euro's.
  3. bwbass


    May 6, 2002
    Full-blown Gecko's range from around $950 to $1300, although you can save a bit by doing the finishing yourself.
  4. $1,399 buys the top of the line, 6-string, neck-through Carvin w/ claro walnut top and piezo electronics (Model No. LB76WP).

    No assembly required.

    10-day trial refund period.

    No upcharge to remove a certain amphibious, reptilian inlay in the 12th fret area of the fretboard.:) :) :)
  5. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
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    IIRC, I paid about $1300 on this.

    Everything has bad resale value unless you buy used. :)

    Yeah. I have & I've usually made a nice profit on them after I fix them up a little. :)

    EDIT: POST #5000!!!!!!!
  6. steviecsg


    Aug 16, 2002
    i acquired this bass and a yamaha bbn5a via a trade.

    its a swamp ash body with quilted maple top. EMG soapbars with BQC system.

    however, its market value couldn't go above 800USD for some reason.

    the kahler bridge was a pain to intonate as well.
  7. Dr.SixString


    Apr 30, 2002
    I paid $850 for my Gecko 6 (assembled by a pro:D)
    -sigle soapbar pickup,
    -passive vol/tone controls
    -2 piece swamp ash body
    -maple/purpleheart neck, pao ferro fingerboard
    -kahler bridge, gotoh tuners

    ... no AAAAAAAAAAAAA grade figured top on my Gecko..:bawl: :)
  8. And, the Carvin is neck-through, which may or may not be an advantage but which costs more. The only downside is that Carvins come with far worse pickups, and offer no pickup brand choice.
  9. steviecsg


    Aug 16, 2002
    so did any of you Gecko owners ever experience any difficulty or trouble adjusting the kahler bridge, as compared to standard fender-type bridges.

    To me, adjusting height and intonation was the worst part of this bass, other than the weight.

    other than that, it was an excellent bass.
  10. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    The 2 Gecko's I've owned had the Hipshot bridge & would suggest it over the Kahler.
  11. rumblinbass


    Aug 22, 2003
    Wimberley, TX
    I have considered taking on a few different Warmoth projects for several years now. The way I look at is that I could put together a bass any way I want it and not have to pick from what a music store has in stock.

    To me it's very appealing - I can pick the type of wood, pickups, bridge, the color of paint or stain or no color at all, etc. I don't look to get any kind of resale out of it, I look at it as getting exactly the kind of bass I want. Then when I get the urge to build another bass - I can! I think it would be fun and kind of a novelty to play a custom bass that I put together. I've seen several Warmoth bass that TBer's have put together that look awesome!

    My point is - don't look into a Warmoth project if you're concerned with resale value. This was mentioned in an earlier post in this thread but - nothing has a good resale value unless you buy used. That is so true. As soon as I can get some extra cash together I am definitely going to take on a Warmoth bass!!