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thinking about building a Warmoth

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by neptoon, May 2, 2003.


  1. neptoon

    neptoon

    Jul 25, 2000
    summerville, sc
    man, all you guys talking about all this cool warmoth stuff really has me thinking about building a jazz...it seems like when i'm not playing my zon with the band, i'm picking up the guitar player's MIM jazz anyway.....this gig hardly calls for the curbow or thumb 6 stringers....at any rate, i swung by the thrift shop and saw this:


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    jotoba top (actually, just a thin laminate, but hey, it's pretty!) on mahogany

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    goncalo alves neck ( :eek: ) w/ a pau ferro board


    i have no clue how that combo would sound, but there is no way it would sound bad with a u-retro (since it's a dinky jazz body, it has the rear route) and a pair of barts ;) hee hee this stuff is cool! heck, i've already planned like 4 or 5 j-basses. i'm a fiend :bassist:

    whatcha think?
     
  2. neptoon

    neptoon

    Jul 25, 2000
    summerville, sc
    here's a shot of the fron of the neck:

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  3. arose11

    arose11

    Sep 30, 2002
    Kalamazoo, MI
    go for it dude
    tell us how it turns out
     
  4. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    PErsonally, that's alittle too exotic for me but it's REAL fun & a really good learning experiece building a Warmoth bass. I'm curently building one that I put off for a while cause I'm a Lazy ba......

    ....um, person. ;)

    Here is the link to some pictures.

    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=71137

    The pictures of the neck are gone. :( I should of saved them on my hard drive. It's a Maple neck with rosewood board & Koa laminated headstock. I think After I build it, I'm gonna try to sell it. (hint, hint) :):p
     
  5. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I was looking over the Warmoth site & if I were to built another one, it would be:

    <img src="http://www.warmoth.com/thrift/bodies/images/d59A.jpg"><img src="http://www.warmoth.com/thrift/bodies/images/d59B.jpg">
    <img src="http://www.warmoth.com/thrift/necks/images/d5n61A.jpg">
    <img src="http://www.warmoth.com/thrift/necks/images/d5n61B.jpg">

    To keep it cost effictive, I would apply an oil finish to the neck & body.
     
  6. neptoon

    neptoon

    Jul 25, 2000
    summerville, sc
    that's a really sweet quilt top...it looks a lot like the top on that blue bubble quilt benavente vortex. daddy like ;)
     
  7. arose11

    arose11

    Sep 30, 2002
    Kalamazoo, MI
  8. How much did everyones warmoth cost them?
     
  9. Umm, Let's just say $1000...finished in the case w/ a strap. That's a good way to put it. Not a rediculous amount, it was spread out over about a year of buying parts. Plus, I got to set it up exactly how I want. That's invaluable. Set the string spacing uneven (little idea I had) for easier access, string height in nut for the E String is 0.008" lower than the rest (another idea).

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    BTW, I've been A/Bing this against my other stable of basses...and it still smokes like a tire fire.
     
  10. arose11

    arose11

    Sep 30, 2002
    Kalamazoo, MI
    i love that bass tufnuts, very nice.
     
  11. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    toms_river.nj.us
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    but a tobacco burst or amber stain to body and headstock would kill!!!!
     
  12. Hmm, interesting. How uneven did you make the string spacing, and what advantage does this provide?
     
  13. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I was thinkong the same thing.
     
  14. JPJ

    JPJ

    Apr 21, 2001
    Chicago, IL
    Chosing the materials for your own "parts bass" can be a ton of fun, and if done correctly, should result in a very nice bass that is of equal or superior quality and value as something you'd get off the rack. I recently worked up a vintage jazz of my own, although I had all of the work professionally done. I got my parts from USA Custom Guitars, used Sadowsky electronics, and had Mike Lull throw everything together. Check out the results: First bass project

    I was able to finish my project for well under $2,000, but I also used, in my opinion), all of the abvolute best vendors at each stage of the process. If you don't go all out and if you can do a lot of the work yourself, you should be able to save a good deal more, making the project that much better!