Warmoth neck dead spots?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by kurosawa, Jun 21, 2003.

  1. kurosawa

    kurosawa Guest

    Jan 27, 2001
    York County, Virginia
    Warmoth's site seems to say they've solved the dead spot problem. Any real-life reports from Warmoth neck owners (especially J and/or wenge)? TIA, Kurt
  2. 20db pad

    20db pad

    Feb 11, 2003
    I been everywhere, man...
    None. At all.
    I've owned several Warmoth J necks over the years. No real complaints to report.
  3. Btone


    May 5, 2001
    Excellent necks - but my neck has, despite steel bars, a "deader" spot, C# on G-string. Volume/sustain is somewhat weaker here - but nothing to get upset about. :) Overall sustain is better than anything I've played (may have something to do with the BadAssII and the j-retro..).

    Excellent woodwork - my neck #1.

    Use lightweight tuners (Hipshot), though - it's heavy!
  4. kurosawa

    kurosawa Guest

    Jan 27, 2001
    York County, Virginia
    Darn . . . Mock Turtle Regulator mentioned he had Ultralites & he's got a dead spot too . . . and I really want to use ULs . . . is that a J-width neck you're using?
  5. yeah, on my Warmoth P with Hipshot ultralites (BadassII bridge).
    there's a slight deadspot at D on the G string. C# on the G string has a slight deadness to it as well.
    but the other strings are completely deadspot-free.

    in practice it's barely noticeable unless I try and sustain a note on those spots.

    in any case it's better than Fenders with unreinforced necks, especially the MIM's- and my Yamaha RBX270F, which has deadspots at C# and D on the G string, but also on the D string.

    I also tried a Warmoth parts five string bass with a wide neck they had built at Chandler guitars, Kew.
    this had Gotoh GB7's in a 4+1 config, and a Gotoh heavy bridge.
    this had a very slight deadspot at D on the G string, but also a very slight one at E on the D string- which is similar to a couple of 70's P basses with very chunky necks I tried.
  6. ps. here's a clip of the notes D# to C on the G string to get an idea of what the sustain is-
    the D note decays noticeably quicker than the others.
    C# actually sustains okay, although what sustains is mainly overtones and the fundamental disappears.
  7. kurosawa

    kurosawa Guest

    Jan 27, 2001
    York County, Virginia
    Thanks! Yeah, that D is pretty dead, deader than my current neck. Is that maple? Hoping wenge isn't as susceptible.
  8. yep, that's maple, with a maple fingerboard.
    the strings aren't very fresh, admittedly.

    it would be cool to hear everyone else post similar clips of deadspots on their basses that are bugging them, to see what level of deadness we're talking about.
  9. kurosawa

    kurosawa Guest

    Jan 27, 2001
    York County, Virginia
    I'm going to take a chance on all-wenge. I'll guess that maple might be a contributing factor. Also, I'll try to see if I can get away without using a string tree (I hope things line up dead straight from the tuning head across the nut and to the bridge saddle for this; if not but if I can make it happen, I'll realign the bridge and pickup/pickguard).