warmoth Build - need opinions

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by blockhd, Jan 11, 2009.

  1. blockhd


    Oct 2, 2007
    Hello everyone!

    Im going to do my first Warmoth build, a 4 string jazz bass style bass.

    I am looking for a vintage defined, punchy tone, with nice round low-end. Which body woods do you recommend and what kind of neck wood should i use? Does quilted maple top change the sound of instrument a lot?

    Im going for passive only system, nordstrand single coils.
  2. Ryan Mohr

    Ryan Mohr Guest

    Oct 23, 2007
    For the body - Alder for a classic full and growly Fender Jazz Bass sound.
    For the neck - Maple, or Birdseye Maple if you have more money, for a punchy tone
    For the fingerboard - Indian Rosewood, or Brazilian if you have more money, for a warm tone
  3. vbasscustom

    vbasscustom Guest

    Sep 8, 2008
    +1 to all of thoughs, thats what the j bass was originally made of, so +1 again
  4. Rodent

    Rodent A Killer Pickup Lineā„¢ Commercial User

    Dec 20, 2004
    Upper Left Corner (Seattle)
    Player-Builder-Founder: Honey Badger Pickups & Regenerate Guitar Works
    I highly recommend this feature of TalkBass - especially here in the Luthier's Corner


    you'll really be surprised at just how many times we've tirelessly discussed this very divisive topic ;)

    if you really want that vintage J-bass sound, build your bass to the original J-bass specs, play it thru a vintage amp (like an Ampeg flip-top, Sunn, or Accoustic) and use your thumb as the plectrum

    all the best,


    p.s and don't forget that spiral wound vintage cord with angle jack on the guitar end
  5. blockhd


    Oct 2, 2007
    Thank you everybody :D Thanks, Rodent, you made me laugh ^^