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Warmoth Ideas/Suggestions?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Ely, Oct 23, 2001.


  1. Ely

    Ely

    Jun 8, 2001
    Huntsville, AL
    Ok, I recently had an idea to build a Warmoth custom bass. I have the basic idea, but I want some suggestions, tips, and methods on how to do it.

    Here's my idea so far:

    -Black Korina Body (It looks good, I hear it sounds and feels good)
    -Oil or Natural Satin finish?
    -Rear Routed (But I still want a Control plate and Pickguard, its just that the Rear Rout gives me more room inside the bass to put things)
    -Quartersawn (How much extra does that cost?) Maple Neck with a Pau Ferro fretboard, or Wenge/Bubinga with an Ebony fretboard? The Wenge/Bubinga would be more expensive but not too bad.
    -What about a Moses neck? I like the feel of graphite, and the price would be about the same as the Wenge/Bubinga neck.
    -Clear Satin neck finish or if I got the Wenge/Bubinga would it be a good idea to leave it unfinished? I live in a very humid area, so I'm wondering if I should get it finished by warmoth, or finish it myself (How? What would I finish it with?)
    -Gotoh 206 Bridge, strings routed through the body
    -Schaller Tuners
    -Graphtek Nut
    -one of those Bar string retainers that hold all the strings down just behind the nut
    -EMG J-Set, I know you can order these with pots/knobs, but does it come with an output jack? Can I get them to send me a Vol/Blend/Tone setup instead of Vol/Vol/Tone?
    -Aguilar OBP-1 Preamp, I'll probably get this last, like a few months AFTER I make the bass, does this come with a jack, pots, and knobs or is it just a thing you hook up to your existing stuff?
    -Battery Box
    -Black Hardware, except for the j-bass control plate, which will be chrome, and a Black Pearl j-bass pickguard

    Any suggestions? What about tung-oiling the body, how much is tung oil and how long would it take? Any tips on how to build the bass? Any parts that I don't need (ie. do I really need a Neck Plate, or do I need one of those Football Jack plates at all? I hope not...) I MIGHT decide against the PG/Control plate, I just don't like the look of a pickguardless fender body shape.
     
  2. Ely

    Ely

    Jun 8, 2001
    Huntsville, AL
    Oh yeah, I forgot

    Schaller Straplocks

    and I might consider Dimarzio Model Js instead of EMGs...
     
  3. =^..^=

    =^..^= Supporting Member

    Jan 25, 2001
    Stuck on a rock !
    The EMG's I got all came with a vol pot, a tone pot and an output jack.

    The easiest way to sort a blend pot is to get a stacked pot - compared with the amount your spending it will be small change (under $10 ?) and its easy enough to wire up.

    The rest of your shopping list sounds sweet. Warmoth finishes are very nice - I got an antique satin on mine. Top job !
     
  4. Everything sounds fine but since you aren't building a strictly Warmoth bass (Moses, Aquilar etc.) you should really consider the J-Retro preamp from Vintage Bass Trading Co. These are drop in for standard Jazz's and come premounted to a Jazz control plate, but since you want a rear route go with the U-Retro that has the components desiged to work with this type of body config. You will be very pleased with the pre-amp. To find more info go here: www.vintagebass.com
     
  5. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    Sounds like a plan! I like the combination of natural finish with a black pearl PG, 'though tortoise looks good with natural, too.

    Last year when I asked Warmoth about oil finishes, one of the guys (Tommy?) suggested Formby's Tung Oil Finish as a quick-and-dirty finish that holds up well and is easy to touch up. Other people I've spoken to prefer "pure" tung oil, which is a bit more involved to apply (but still pretty easy). I've tried both, and think I'll use Formby's in the future. Whichever one you use, budget about $20 for finishing materials (finish, sandpaper, tack cloth, brushes, thinner, etc.)

    A nice option on Warmoth bodies is the "contoured heel". You then counterbore the neck screw holes for bushings/washers instead of using a neck plate. Very slick!
     
  6. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    Hey, Ely - any progress?