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Ordered my New bass tonite...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by =^..^=, May 4, 2001.


  1. =^..^=

    =^..^=

    Jan 25, 2001
    Stuck on a rock !
    After looking at my options for a few months I finally decided to go with a Warmoth Gecko - the deciding factor was I could have whatever wood I wanted, in what ever colour I wanted, with whatever ever hardware I wanted etc ...

    Plumped for a Gecko five, swamp ash body with quilted maple top (in tobbaco burst finish), five string neck wth ebony fingerboard, Hipshot bridge, EMG DC and CS pickups, EMG BQC actives (@ 18 volts)
    etc etc

    Only problem now is the seven week wait....
     
  2. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    It'll be worth the wait. My Warmoth Sadowsky close is awesome. I always wanted to build a Gecko 5.
     
  3. alx564

    alx564

    Jul 31, 2000
    Emmaus, PA
    How much dough did you have to plunk down for that beauty? If you don't want to tell I don't care though.
     
  4. Ummm... what's a Warmoth Sadowsky? Didn't know Warmoth has Sadowsky clones? I do know Warmoth doesn't build parts for Roger.

    Jeff
     
  5. =^..^=

    =^..^=

    Jan 25, 2001
    Stuck on a rock !
    $950 for everything excluding the pups + actives. Warmoth don't do EMG's so I had to source them elsewhere. They were about $450, but thats the price I pay for living in the UK :)

    Only 6 weeks and 6 days now...
     
  6. good luck with the waiting:)
    and congrads on the bass.
     
  7. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    No, I built a bass from warmoth parts to look like a Sadowsky. A friend & I put it together. We cut the headstoch to look like a Sadowsky, have EMG 40 J's, Agular OBP-1 pre-amp, ash body w/quilted maple top, maple/maple neck, gold hardware.

    <img src="http://albums.photopoint.com/j/View?u=1174383&a=8647027&p=45907306"> <img src="http://albums.photopoint.com/j/View?u=1174383&a=8647027&p=45907305">

    <img src="http://albums.photopoint.com/j/View?u=1174383&a=8647027&p=45907309">

    <img src="http://albums.photopoint.com/j/View?u=1174383&a=8647027&p=45907310">
     
  8. Nino,

    It looks great! Can I ask how long it took to assemble? How was it getting the neck just right?

    Thanks!
    Jeff
     
  9. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    The friend that helped me is a phenononal guitar tech & has been doing work on my bass since I started playing bass.

    It took us 3 nights after the shop closed (we work @ a local guitar store). We worked about 10 hrs total. The neck was weird. He has built many warmoth guitars for people & this particular neck didn't fit into the pocket. This took the most time. Other than that. it was a snap. The neck felt great. needed slight adjustment after the strings were put on & it's one of the best basses I own. The headstock had no holes for tuning machines so that had to be drilled. The control cavity had no holes for the controls, either.
     
  10. =^..^=

    =^..^=

    Jan 25, 2001
    Stuck on a rock !
    Wow - I hope my quilted maple top looks even half as nice as that.. That is one fine looking bass !
     
  11. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Warmoth stuff I've seen is really nice. I had an 8 string Jazz & the body had an AWESOME flame.

    If you are getting it unfinished, you might not notice the quilt until it's stained. A friend of mine built a EVH & when he got it, it looked like plain wood. When he stained it, WOW, LOOK OUT!!!! Quilt started coming out of nowhere. :)
     
  12. Raid,I can't wait to see your new bass,from the description it seems like it's gonna be a beaut.Hey Nino,what else do you own?Everytime I turn around you have some new gear.BTW that Warmoth is sweet.
     
  13. =^..^=

    =^..^=

    Jan 25, 2001
    Stuck on a rock !
    I spent a couple of weeks trying to source a five string piezo bridge for it, the only problem was I was running out of pot holes on the front (as it would have needed another blend pot (to go with the vol, blend, parameq, bass/treble which are there already) I know I could have drilled an extra hole, but the killer was not being able to find technical specs + sizes online....

    I'm currently thinking about a set of led's for the fingerboard - I've worked out how to power them from the same circuit as the 18v EMG's so they'll come on when the bass is plugged in, but it will delay the bass even more..
     
  14. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    Go to www.allparts.com and check out the ABMs w/ piezos there. They should have some instruction manuals on how to set everything up correctly. If you still don't want to, i'd still buy an ABM bridge (if you can)...it's WELL worth it.
     
  15. =^..^=

    =^..^=

    Jan 25, 2001
    Stuck on a rock !
    Thanks Angus - that was one of the first place I started. They do have an ABM piezo 5 string, but I was unable to dig up the specs for it. Anyone know a URL for ABM ?