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Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by funkopotimus, Feb 6, 2001.

  1. now thanks to all you crazy people wit hcustom basses, that you made, you got me interested, i doubt i could do it, but.

    How long did it take you? How much work is involved, how much research?? Where do you get parts, how much did it cost, what tools you need. please tell me some stuff cause you've made this crazy antelope of a bass player a might interested.

    thanks :)

  2. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    most of the individuals on the site didn't make their custom basses, they bought them from custom builders, although there are a few guys around here that have built some pretty cool instruments for themselves.

    i got all mine from bill conklin :D

    and....here they are (you regs knew it was coming, didn't you :D )...


    btw, the second one from the left is the one i used to record the instrumental. if anyone cares :D.
  3. Yvon

    Yvon Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2000
    Montreal, Canada
    It's been almost a week John!!!

  4. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member


    Quick, Munji, hide the chilluns!

    He's done gone and got the Conklins out!!!

  5. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    What are you looking to do, Build one from scratch or buy parts & put it together.

    Building from scratch, I know nothing about, but putting it together is what I know. I just recently put together a <a href="http://www.warmoth.com"><b>WARMOTH</b></a> Deluxe 5 string Jazz bass. It cost a total of $900.00 from start to finish. First thing I did is got to the "Thrift Shop". They have a lot of stuff on that page that has been drasticly reduced. I don't know why, it was prob sold & returned or something like that. All of that stuff still has the same warranty as any other peice from Warmoth. Well, I got a Deluxe 5 body, ash body on a super quilted maple top. I ordered the neck, a standard Deluxe 5 neck w/no pegholes or finish. I like the feel of a raw neck & it kept costs down. I had a friend of mine help me put it together & he cut the headstock to look like a Sadowsky & he drilled the 4+1 holes for the machines. I got a Schaller gold roller bridge from eBay for $10 cheaper than Warmoth. I got gold gotoh tuners, & all other minor parts from Warmoth. I ordered a set of EMG 40 J's & got an Aguilar OBP-1 pre-amp basiclly cause Spector offers it in the NS-2J USA series. If Stuart like it, it's gotta be good!!! putting it together took a total of 3 nites after his store had closed. The long thing to do was fit the neck to the body, the neck was alittle too big. Other than that, everything went smoothly!!! War. already cut the holed for the 2 picksup, we drilled for the controls (War. could do that also, but when I ordered it, I did'nt know what preamp I wanted) This bass looks just like the Sadowsky on his homepage. Here it is:

    <center><img src="http://www.sadowsky.com/sado_we2.jpg"></center>

    This bass sounds AWESOME & plays just as good!!! Mine has 22 frets, gold hardware & dosen't have a pre-amp on/off switch. Alot of people will say it's a Jazz bass & I'll agree, but I payed less than if I bought a Fender Deluxe USA 5!!!! They sell for about $1200. & the Warmoth plays 1000x better than it.

    I also own Spector bass. Totally hand made from start to finish.

    <center><img src="http://community-2.webtv.net/rinav/NinoBass/scrapbookFiles/mailedD14.jpg"></center>

    I know nothing bout building 'em, but all 3 are not only works of art, they play & sound incredible!!!

  6. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Seems the pics of my Spectors didn't come up. Try to click this link.

    <center><a href="http://community-2.webtv.net/rinav/NinoBass/scrapbookFiles/mailedD14.jpg">Nino Spectors</a></center>

    If that don't work, click on this link:

    <center><a href="http://community-2.webtv.net/rinav/NinoBass/index.html">"Nino-Bass"</a></center>
  7. rllefebv


    Oct 17, 2000
    Newberg, Oregon
    "Make your own Electric Guitar" by Melvyn Hiscock, ISBN 0-7137-1706-8 available through Stewart MacDonald http://www.stewmac.com

    An excellent resource if you are thinking of working from scratch. He shows the three common styles of electric guitar making... Set-neck, bolt-on, and neck-through. Covers everything from design to final setup. He even mentions David Dyke, the same guy that Louis got his wood for his killer bass...

    You can also check out StewMac for parts, etc.


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