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Warmoth Bass ...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by DaveDeVille, Jul 26, 2005.


  1. DaveDeVille

    DaveDeVille ... you talkin' to me ?? Supporting Member

    this is my Warmoth .
    i built it in 2003 .

    koa body , zebra-wood top w/ matching headstock .
    dark koa neck , passive bartolini pickups ,
    black schaller hardware and tuners .


    not braggin' or looking for too many comments , it's just
    that i've only ever showed it to you guys in someone else's thread ...
     

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  2. DaveDeVille

    DaveDeVille ... you talkin' to me ?? Supporting Member

    headstock and control cavity ...
     

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  3. DaveDeVille

    DaveDeVille ... you talkin' to me ?? Supporting Member

    bartolini's and body close-up...
     

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  4. NJL

    NJL

    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
  5. That's a beauty! I've never seen/played a Koa neck. Is it stable? I assume it's very warm and mid-punchy? Very nice.
     
  6. DaveDeVille

    DaveDeVille ... you talkin' to me ?? Supporting Member

    thanks guys !

    the neck is a darker koa , w/ pau ferro fretboard .
    the only thing i might still do to the neck is to have
    a luthier install mother-of-pearl block inlays instead of
    the dot inlays i ordered ...

    i've never seen another koa neck other than mine , so i
    can't speak in general , but this one is very stable ,
    suppossedly due to Warmoth's "Super Bass Construction - stiffening rods"...

    the Bartolini M34E and M34EK are perfectly matched
    with the koa , imo.
    very punchy , but also warm and smooth .

    anyway , here are a couple more showing back of headstock ,
    and contoured heel pocket ...

    Edit:
    i installed the tuners at an off-set angle , instead of a more traditional
    straight mount ,
    in case you were wondering ...
     

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  7. Jonki

    Jonki I will not slap my Bee!

    Oct 14, 2003
    Arendal, Norway
    very nice bass! congrats!
     
  8. bmc

    bmc

    Nov 15, 2003
    Switzerland
    That is a very very sharp looking bass. Well done. To be honest, that is one of the nicest Warmoth's I've seen, cetainly from the ones in their galery.
     
  9. DaveDeVille

    DaveDeVille ... you talkin' to me ?? Supporting Member

    thanks again !!
    i do have one more picture ... sort of a "buff action shot " ,
    not really ...

    this is me using the Warmoth at Austin Street Live ,
    in 2004 ...
     

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  10. Petary791

    Petary791

    Feb 20, 2005
    Michigan, USA
    Ooooooooo purdy!

    The matching headstock is hawt.
     
  11. ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS...

    My only comment is that you should not put MOP block inlays in...this bass is screaming for black, ebony block inlays...It would suit the black-on-koa motif much better.

    HOTTTT!!!!
     
  12. Akito

    Akito

    Dec 1, 2003
    Spokane
    schweeet! I keep thinking I am going to have a go at putting together a Warmoth, but there have got to be less complicated recipesfor disaster out there.
     
  13. DaveDeVille

    DaveDeVille ... you talkin' to me ?? Supporting Member

    thanks for the suggestion...

    your right , black inlays would look very nice , also would match
    the rest of the black hardware !!
     
  14. Did you do the control cavity shielding yourself? And if so, how is it done? Also, do you think it is indispensable?
     
  15. DaveDeVille

    DaveDeVille ... you talkin' to me ?? Supporting Member

    actually , Warmoth sells copper shielding tape by the roll .
    i believe it comes in two different widths , 8" or 3" ... you can
    check their website for details .

    i've always admired a neat control cavity , also i've heard passive
    controls are noisey , so yeah , i measured it , cut it , and installed
    it for a couple of different reasons ...

    check nino's website { www.valentibasses.com }for a good example of paint shielding .
    i own one of his basses with the paint shield , it seems to work
    every bit as well as the copper ... his work is beautiful .
     
  16. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    US-NY-NYC
    Koa is a bit less stiff, and somewhat lighter than maple. So it should sound closer to maple than, say, to mahogany.

    Peavey made neck-thru basses out of koa w/purpleheart strips. Also Carvin offers koa and koa/maple necks.
     
  17. DaveDeVille

    DaveDeVille ... you talkin' to me ?? Supporting Member

    just realized i never showed a complete shot of the back ...
     

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  18. McHaven

    McHaven

    Mar 1, 2005
    Your tile floor is no match for Nino's wood floor.

    Otherwise, very nice looking bass.
     
  19. DaveDeVille

    DaveDeVille ... you talkin' to me ?? Supporting Member

    uhmm ...
    thanks ,... i think .

    my floor is not worthy ...:rolleyes:
     
  20. Flatwound

    Flatwound Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2000
    San Diego
    About how much does it weigh? I've thought of doing a Warmoth, but the ones I've handled have been on the heavy side.

    Nice looking bass in any case.