New Warmoth Gecko (warning lots of big pics)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bgartist, Dec 17, 2007.

  1. bgartist

    bgartist Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    Its taken a total of almost 3 months but my new bass is finished.I did almost all of the build myself so, I took my time.

    Here are the specs:
    Ash Gecko 5 body with AA curly maple top and black accent line
    Maple neck with maple board
    Black Hipshot Ultralite tuners and model A bridge
    Nordstrand DC5 pickups with series/single/parallel switching
    Aguilar OBP-3 preamp

    After 6 weeks, I received the body and neck from Warmoth.

    I finished the body with Danish oil(I think it was 10 coats) followed by polyuerathane( about 15 coats. I don't remember exactly now. It was just enough for the desired smoothness and gloss).Here's the body after 2 coats of Danish oil. body_2coats.jpg

    Here's the results after all finishing-6 weeks after receipt of parts.

    Here's the bass pre final assembly

    Final shots! 7 weeks after receipt.
    I was very impressed with the wood- great figuring with standard figured maple body(not upgraded) and standard maple board(nice flame).

    After assembly and set up, I found it needed a fret leveling-another 3 days.

    So, I've had it a couple of weeks and I must say, I'm really diggin' this bass! I think I've found the tone inside my head with this combination. I see why a there's a lot of high end basses with the Nordstrand/Aguilar set up- very versatile from glassy high slap to dub and is almost piano-like in clarity.It is very light-around 9lbs, and evenly balanced. This is a definite keeper!
  2. Altitude

    Altitude An ounce of perception, a pound of obscure. Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2005
    Denver, nee Austin
    Beautiful, and _great_ job on the finish. My sense is this isn't the first wood finishing work you have done.

    Post some recording clips if you ever get the chance.
  3. Basshappi


    Feb 12, 2007

    Great looking bass.

    I've always liked the Geckos and really wish Warmoth would make them available lefty, I think they would be very popular with the lefty community.
  4. sound clips?

    hot bass dude

    me likey
  5. aproud1

    aproud1 Don't surround yourself with yourself. Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2007
    Cincy, OH
    Very nice! Good job on the finish too.

    Glad it's light.
  6. bgartist

    bgartist Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    Yes, this was is the 1st finishing job for me. I did a ton of research and asked a lot of questions before I started. It was not easy and at times I wondered if the results were going to be acceptable. I learned a lot thru this and probably would not do poly again. It turned out well but I had to re-do several coats because poly does not buff well without a commercial buffer. I would try lacquer or Tru oil.

  7. grace & groove

    grace & groove Guest

    Nov 30, 2005
    Self-Appointed Ambassador to the Dragonfly
    Wow, great job! I was about to mention your nice poly job because of the whole buffer thing.
  8. Looks like you did a great job finishing it and putting it together. The wood combination and finish is very nice.
  9. Wow very classy! Those lightweight tuners are a good idea too. I've thought about putting a Gecko together.

    Question: Why did you use both oil and poly?

    Tru oil is a good choice for your next project. It's easier to work with than poly. I finished a Warmoth neck with poly and it turned out nice but I'd be hesitant to attempt to do an entire body.
  10. scottm

    scottm Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2005
    Great job dude! I enjoyed all the pics!
  11. bgartist

    bgartist Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    I used Danish oil to enhance the grain in the wood. It provides no protection. I used poly for the hard gloss coat because it is easily available and easy to apply. Although I'm very happy with the results, I agree with you and would probably try Tru oil next time.
  12. I've been thinking about putting one of these together. What's the neck like radius-wise? Is it relatively flat? Or is there a slight arch?
  13. mfbolton

    mfbolton Supporting Member

    Oct 30, 2007
    St. Louis, MO
    Beautiful!!! I have also been considering putting together a Gecko. It will probably take me quite awhile though, as I will have to buy piece by piece as money becomes available.

    Anyone have any thoughts on leaving a body and/or neck unfinished? I have been contemplating getting a neck that requires no finish, and then simply leaving the body unfinished. Has anybody tried this?
  14. bgartist

    bgartist Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    You can leave the body unfinished if you like but their warranty for necks states:
    "Our necks are warranted to be free of defective materials and workmanship for a period of one year from the date of purchase. The warranty will be void if the neck does not get a hard shell finish in 30 days of delivery. We do not consider oil finishes or poorly applied wipe-on finishes adequate protection. Necks with shafts of Rosewood, Ebony, Pau Ferro, Bocote, Ziricote, Bubinga, Purpleheart, Padouk, Goncalo Alves, Satine or Wenge do not require a hard finish."

  15. bgartist

    bgartist Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    It is relatively flat but does have a slight radius.

  16. All I can say is wow! That finish is fantastic!
  17. That's the 13 degree headstock, no?
  18. acoustibass


    Sep 24, 2007
    St. Paul, MN
    hi, beautiful warmoth, could you tell us more about the electronic, passive/active? what kind of switch do you have, pickup tone etc... everything.

    congrats, I think build almost the same (one day) but with the JB style, thanks again.

    and don't forget the soundclips...
  19. maurilio

    maurilio Guest

    May 25, 2003
    very nice, congrats!

    A question. Is there a specific reason why did you install the pups up-side-down? .....It doesn't matter as long the wiring match the right coil when switched to single coil (if you want the outside coil selected, of course)...

  20. Really nice bass and work... i know well Warmoth because i have already one, but never try a Gecko :rollno:


    Have you more details for the finish work, witch tools have you used ? The cost of the finish is not cheaper at Warmoth ? The B string sound good ?

    About wiring and switch, i know well the OBP3, but not really that pickups.

    I really love this bass, i think it's on my next GAS list :D