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SOLD Warmoth Gecko 5-string fretless bass, beautiful Koa body!

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by tubby.twins, May 16, 2011.


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  1. tubby.twins

    tubby.twins Amateur Pickup Reviewer Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2009
    Oregon
    Okay, folks, I don't usually do this often, but I've reached the point where I must admit that I don't play this beautiful bass as much as I'd prefer. So I need to let it go in order to make room for other new instruments and to spend my time on several projects which are more important to me.

    I'm going to start at $900 not including shipping or any sort of case, and we'll see where things go from here. Please read the description carefully.

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    This bass was assembled (not by me) around 2006, from a body and neck purchased from Warmoth Guitar Products in Puyallup, Washington, USA. Both body and neck are the Gecko 5 medium size, which means that the nut width is 1.875" and the string spacing at the bridge is 0.75". I purchased this bass on eBay a few years ago, and did some upgrades to it while I've owned it.

    The neck is made of maple, with two purpleheart laminates running the length of the shaft, up to the angled headstock. The fingerboard is made of solid black ebony, and includes inlaid fretless lines of maple. (I believe the Gecko inlay is made of pau ferro.)

    The neck is protected by a translucent dark brown glossy finish, which nicely complements the body. I haven't seen any other Warmoth necks with this finish; I believe it was a special order. The finish covers all areas of the neck except for the playing surface of the fingerboard. The neck also has a thin koa laminate on the front face of the headstock, which matches the laminate top of the body. There is also a nut, which I believe to be made of white Corian. The nut has been cut for standard tuning (B-E-A-D-G) and I have used it with standard 5-string gauges (.045 to .130).

    The body is made of solid koa, with a highly figured koa laminate top. You would be hard pressed to find another Warmoth Gecko body of solid koa, given the rising prices of this rare and desirable tonewood, as well as the fact that the most beautiful pieces have already been purchased! Warmoth is legendary for the quality of their woods, and this bass is no exception. The body is quite heavy, which means the bass weighs nearly 12 pounds with all hardware. (I can provide a more exact measurement if requested.)

    The bridge is made by Kahler, and is the original 7450 series adjustable bridge. For a number of years, Warmoth sold these bridges along with Gecko bodies, and routed many of their Gecko bodies in the Showcase for these bridges. The bridge is currently adjusted for a comfortable string spacing (slightly less than 0.75"). Note that one of the mounting screws for the bridge's baseplate has broken off. This does not affect the tone, sustain or playability. The remaining 3 mounting screws provide sufficient force to hold the bridge rigidly against the body.

    The pickups (which are not the same as the Lane Poor pickups pictured above) will be a pair of passive EMG40-sized humbucking soapbar pickups made for Sadowsky. These dual-coil pickups have a bright, full and assertive tone which works well with the rich and warm tone of the woods. I believe these pickups were made by Seymour Duncan.

    This bass also includes a custom-configured Audere 4-band "3ZB" pre-amp with three EQ controls (bass, low-mid, high-mid) as well as a passive tone control for rolling off the treble. This pre-amp also has a master volume and a blend control, for a total of 6 knobs on the front of the bass. It could probably be re-configured to have dual volume controls (one for each pickup) if you like. It may also be possible to replace the passive tone control with a treble EQ control, if you really need to boost the treble. (Contact me and let me know if you want this work to be done.) I installed this pre-amp and used it to test several types of pickups before settling on the Sadowsky humbuckers as the best match for this bass.

    I don't have pictures to prove it at the moment, but the wiring cavity is fairly well shielded with adhesive copper foil, and despite there being a lot of wire inside (due to the complexity of the Audere pre-amp controls) it isn't unmanageable. I can provide pictures, if requested.

    Not pictured at the moment are the other bits which make up a complete bass. All the hardware is chrome, including the shiny Gotoh GB-7 tuners attached to the headstock. Dunlop Straplocks are installed on the body. Please note that the previous owner had installed the strap nut on the back side of the upper body horn, not in the current location. There is a small screw hole in the body horn at this location, and I do not believe that I am qualified to repair it. It does not pose any structural risks.

    This bass is used, and although carefully handled there are always some scratches, small dings and other oddities. The most significant of these is a small chip in the finish (less than 8mm square) near the side of the neck pickup cavity. This mistake was caused by a tool which lost its grip and impacted the side of the pickup route, while I was changing pickups. It is not pictured (because I accidentally caused this damage after the picture was taken) and I will include new pictures soon. I will try to photograph other damaged areas and post them here, in the interest of full disclosure.

    In summary: the pickups aren't as shown (since they aren't available any more) and there are a few signs of use, but the bass is still in very good condition and really needs a new home.

    Will you be the new owner for this bass?
     
  2. TimBosby

    TimBosby Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2004
    Omaha, NE, USA
    Gorgeous.
     
  3. Really big fan of the Warmoth Geckos. Would definitely like to see some more updated photos of this instrument (including different shots of the body).
     
  4. oren

    oren

    Aug 7, 2007
    Salem, OR
    Pretty bass! Scale length?
     
  5. tubby.twins

    tubby.twins Amateur Pickup Reviewer Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2009
    Oregon
    I'll get some more photos soon. As with all Warmoth Gecko basses, the scale length is 35".
     
  6. shipping to the UK a possibility?
     
  7. tubby.twins

    tubby.twins Amateur Pickup Reviewer Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2009
    Oregon
    I don't have any idea of what the cost would be, but I'm not opposed to the idea. :)
     
  8. btbraden

    btbraden

    Sep 9, 2005
    Oroville, CA
    last bass I shipped to the uk ran about $120 usps insured was about the same weight
     
  9. wassup1711

    wassup1711

    Jun 18, 2010
    Mother Russia
    still here?
     
  10. tubby.twins

    tubby.twins Amateur Pickup Reviewer Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2009
    Oregon
    Yep, the bass is still available. I need to post some more pictures of it.
     
  11. wassup1711

    wassup1711

    Jun 18, 2010
    Mother Russia
    post more photos please
     
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    Not to be a killjoy here, because I post long descriptions myself, but people really should use bullet-point style for the specs and then start the novella. I think it makes for a more readable and helpful posting.

    Just a thought bump.

    Cheers.
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  13. TimBosby

    TimBosby Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2004
    Omaha, NE, USA
    Gorgeous.
     
  14. tubby.twins

    tubby.twins Amateur Pickup Reviewer Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2009
    Oregon
    OK, here are the better pictures that I promised.

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  15. Rockin Mike

    Rockin Mike

    May 27, 2011
    Are you sure the back is Koa? In the detail picture showing the old strap button hole it looks darker, like Walnut. I believe Koa is redder.
     
  16. tubby.twins

    tubby.twins Amateur Pickup Reviewer Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2009
    Oregon
    I'm pretty sure it's Koa. I can get some better pictures of the back for you.
     
  17. Rockin Mike

    Rockin Mike

    May 27, 2011
    Back pics would be nice, thanks.
     
  18. tubby.twins

    tubby.twins Amateur Pickup Reviewer Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2009
    Oregon
    Here are some pictures of the back.

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    The lighting was a bit better today (due to slightly overcast weather) so the color tones look a bit more natural, in my opinion.

    On the back of the headstock and neck, you can see the dark brown transparent finish. It is more noticeable under artificial light.
     
  19. Rockin Mike

    Rockin Mike

    May 27, 2011
    email sent
     
  20. tubby.twins

    tubby.twins Amateur Pickup Reviewer Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2009
    Oregon
    Sale pending!
     

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