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[NBD] My Warmoth P Bass build - Shoreline Gold and the "Hallowed All Mighty Tort" pick guard!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by DangYankee, Feb 27, 2018.

  1. DangYankee


    Jul 11, 2017
    East Texas
    I started playing several years ago with just some random cheap Jackson i found on craigslist. Since developing myself as a player and getting good gigging experience, I have felt the need to upgrade. I have always liked the sound of the P bass and love its meat and potatoes attitude, but I hate the wide necks. I couldnt find a P bass with a J neck that i liked so the only rational option seemed to be the custom route. Ive been researching this build for easily the last year, slowly buying parts that were curated specifically for the aggressive yet vintage sound I wanted to develop.


    After a long, stressful, first build experience. (I wasn't emotionally prepared to drill so many holes, each time I pressed the drill to the guitar my stomach dropped.) And some issues with wiring, a pole of my volume pot was touching the the copper shielding on the side so my volume knob was bypassed accidentally. My build is finally complete. Overall it weighs around 9lbs and is just a joy to play. Honestly, I dont know if I will ever want to pick up my Jackson again...


    Full build specs:
    Body: Warmoth "Screamin Deal", Shoreline Gold, Swamp Ash, P bass Body, 5lb 1oz
    Neck: Warmoth Roasted Maple & Rosewood, Jazz neck, Slim Taper, Steel Rods, Stainless Frets.
    Pickups: Fender Original 62, vintage tone with some meat behind it.
    Tuners: Fender open back lightweight custom shops
    Strings: Labella Low Tension Flats
    Bridge: Classic Stamped

    Total cost was around $700, most of my parts were bought on sale throughout the last year.

    Edit: Full Cost Rundown

    Body: Screaming Deal, $225
    Neck: Full Price, $220
    Tuners: Reverb, $73
    Pickups: On sale, Amazon, $50
    Bridge: Amazon, $13
    Strap Locks: Reverb, $14
    Pick Guard: Amazon, $11
    Electronics (pots, knobs, wire, copper tape): Local Shop, $20
    Pickguard Screws: Amazon, $5
    Fender Neck Plate: Amazon, $10
    Mono Betty Strap: Amazon, $50
    LaBella Flats: $43
    Total cost: $734, Close to $100 of that was the expensive strap and strings.

    Had I used a standard seat-belt strap and Round strings, i could have easily been in the $650 range.
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2018
  2. Kikegg


    Mar 3, 2011
    Madrid, Spain
    Woah! What a beauty!! That shoreline gold looks fantastic!!
    jumbodbassman and Stumbo like this.
  3. aproud1

    aproud1 Don't surround yourself with yourself. Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2007
    Cincy, OH
    Nice! Sounds like your research payed off. Hard to beat a P with flats.
    JRA and Stumbo like this.
  4. pudge


    Sep 13, 2008
    Very nice!
    Stumbo likes this.
  5. Wisebass


    Jan 12, 2017
    Lost in Space
    You won 't need to! :D

    Great looking bass :thumbsup: Happy New Build Day!!! :hyper::hyper::hyper:

    may the bass be with you

    JRA, pjbassist and Stumbo like this.
  6. Waytootrue


    Jan 19, 2018
    This is kinda a silly question, but what strap is that? It looks comfortable but not overdone.
    Stumbo likes this.
  7. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
    I suggest adding a string-t or retainer disk. I've seen one that also covers the A string.

    Cool color combo. Tort rides again!
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2018
  8. Mktrat

    Mktrat Seriously, are we not doing phrasing anymore?

    Apr 9, 2013
    The Mitten
  9. DangYankee


    Jul 11, 2017
    East Texas
    Its a Mono Betty. They are made of memory foam like those tempurpedic beds. I could sleep while wearing that thing.
    pjbassist likes this.
  10. DangYankee


    Jul 11, 2017
    East Texas
    Already done, Its pictured on my string package in the first photo, but wasn't installed until later. I strung it up before installing so I could properly locate the hole. I took the photo just before drilling that hole.
  11. RobTheRiot


    Aug 31, 2016
    las Vegas, nv
    Congrats on a great job!! Funny about your stomach dropping every time you had to touch drill to wood, but looks like your caution and forthought paid off in a beautifully put together bass.
    Enjoy it!!
  12. somebrains


    Feb 7, 2017
    Use a drill press and sanding blocks for your next build.
    I wrench on my basses a lot, eventually I'll sink inserts when screws start to spin.
    There is something to be said about learning to fit your body & neck.
    Some people couldn't care less, others believe it's the holy grail.

    It's nice to get that build feature settled in your head.
  13. Judge Nickels

    Judge Nickels

    Aug 3, 2015
    Outstanding results. Enjoy it!
  14. pjbassist


    Mar 13, 2014
    Fort Wayne, IN
    Nice work! She is a beauty. Everything I play is 100% Warmoth. I have built and SOLD in whole or in part, 4 Warmoth P basses in the last couple years. I have a used TB Warmoth Double P body due to me by the end of the week! You made some excellent choices, especially choosing Warmoth, they make incredible stuff!
  15. Ender_rpm


    Apr 18, 2004
    St. Louis MO
    Lovely. Enjoy!
  16. pudge


    Sep 13, 2008
    Looks better everytime I view it!
  17. nonohmic

    nonohmic Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 2005
    ABQ, NM.
    It's beautiful!
  18. Well done! Nice photos, too. Enjoy the heck out of it!
  19. TC424


    Jun 24, 2010
    Holtwood, PA
  20. Crusher47

    Crusher47 Tattoo'ed Freak

    Apr 12, 2014
    Fort Worth, TX
    Great job!
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