Warmoth Deluxe 5 P Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Ozzel, Mar 10, 2004.

  1. Hi everyone. I am interested in building - well, assembling and finishing - my very own Deluxe 5 P bass with Warmoth parts. My motivation for wanting to do this is firstly, to have a truly unique instrument, and secondly, it's easier for me to spend smaller chunks of money over time than save up one big chunk for a finished bass from, say, G&L or Lakland. I am also not concerned about resale value.

    But before I make the decision to go ahead with this project, I am hoping someone here who has built the same or similar bass can answer some questions, which are...

    1. The 34" scale of the available necks concerns me. Warmoth's own website states that "The low B string can have a pretty floppy feeling and more prone to rattling on the frets in 34" scale". They make it sound like their Deluxe 5 parts should be avoided for this reason. Is this really true, or do they just want me to upgrade to premium 35" scale Gecko necks? Lots of companies make 34" scale 5 strings, and I haven't found too many complaints in these forums. It makes sense that the shorter scale would result in more slack on the low B, but there must be ways to increase tension and minimize fret buzz, such as string-through-body and slightly higher action. What is your opinion on this issue?

    2. The nut. I'm going to have to cut, install and slot the nut, since Warmoth does not do this. I have zero experience with guitar assembly, so this may be more than I'd like to take on. Did you do the nut yourself, or have it professionally done?

    That's about it for questions. Thanks in advance for any answers.
  2. I had a P/MM 5 string built using Warmoth stuff that i just traded and i had no floppy B problems. HOWEVER i did have it set up with a string-thru-body HipShot bridge and that made a world of difference i'm sure... you might want to try that.
  3. BoiNtC


    Nov 25, 2002
    NYC, USA
    As for the nut depending on where you buy it, they might cut it for you, or you can buy a precut one, I'm actually curious as to where you're getting a 5string P Bass pickup from.
  4. bwbass


    May 6, 2002
    I'll let other people speak to the B-string on these basses but I will point out that we're now offering pre-cut installed corian nuts as an option on all our necks.
  5. As for the pickup, I was referring to the P bass body style, not the standard split P pup which isn't available for 5 stringers anyway. I will probably go with a j/j or j/mm config.

    bwbass -- how much is that installed Corian nut option?
  6. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    <img src="http://www.talkbass.com/photopost/data/501/149932004-2-25_024-med.jpg">
    No rattle here....

    <img src="http://www.talkbass.com/photopost/data/501/14993Warmoth_Dlx_5a1-med.JPG">
    ...and when I owned this, there was no rattle there.
  7. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    You can buy a 5 string PJ pickup set from Sadowsky guitars.

    <img src="http://sadowsky.com/stock/images/4050_body2.jpg">
  8. bwbass


    May 6, 2002
    Ditto EMG for a 5-string pickup, though I hear the Sadowsky ones are pretty cool. Pre-cut nuts are $15.
  9. Subculture13

    Subculture13 Jamming Econo

    Apr 9, 2003
    Toronto, Ont. Canada
    What is THAT!!!

    Holy major GAS going.