Warmoth Hollow J bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jongor, Oct 4, 2003.

  1. jongor

    jongor Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2003
    Has anyone seen/built/played one of these?

    Are they neck heavy?

    I'm thinking about building a fretless one with a peizo bridge, thinking that the hollow body sound will come through with the piezo.

    MAJOR METAL HARVESTER OF SORROW Staff Member Supporting Member

    The bodys are chambered from what i heare so it is not fully hollow so i dont think the piezos would be strong enogh on their own for that bass.Warmoth necks are pretty heavy so you would probably want to go hipshot for the tunners. Their are pics of the body on the site. Good luck with it
  3. jongor

    jongor Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2003
    Nice work, beautiful bass.

    Do you have a piezo bridge on it?

    Major Metal: I think your probably right, there wouldn't be enough air under the laminate top to create any sense of "air". But I'd like to talk to someone who's played one...
  4. Hi, I have a Jazz with a Warmoth neck and light weight Schaller tuning pegs, and it is neck heavy indeed, the bass itself is heavy. I suggest you to read how the hollo body weighs as compared to a normal one.
    The balance could be improved a little with the shorter angled head stock. it is also down to your body and arms dimensions, a big torso and long arms can adjust m,ore easily to the lowered angled resultingfrom the new balance of the guitar.
  5. jongor

    jongor Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2003
  6. xyllion

    xyllion Commercial User

    Jan 14, 2003
    San Jose, CA, USA
    Owner, Looperlative Audio Products
    Well, I just finished putting one together at the end of this summer and have had a month and a half to play with mine. I don't have a piezo. I wouldn't expect anything grand out of a piezo, but hey, I could be wrong.

    As for weight, I started with a heavy wood, mahogany, for the body core. Having it chambered brought the weight back down to a reasonable place. In fact, the whole bass put together weighs around 9 lbs on my bathroom scale.

    I had a custom-made neck from luthier Karl Hoyt. My picture is not very good, but he dyed the headstock to match the body and did a very nice job of matching. The neck is a 5-piece neck maple with wenge stringers and a rosewood board.

    Overall the balance is very good. I lucked out and everything balanced very nicely. I also used ultralite tuners. The sound is great although I don't know if it is the chambered body, the wood choices or the electronics. Probably it is all three that contributed to the excellent sound.

    I have Duncan pups with a U Retro preamp. I often solo the bridge pup and pump up the bass in the U Retro. Gives me a big and gnarly sound.

    Here is one picture. Click on the picture to see the rest of my pictures of this bass:

    <a href="http://www.bassviews.com/showlisting.cgi?lid=147"><img width=200 src="http://www.bassviews.com/perl/showimage.pl/315"></a>