Warmoth Owners Club!!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by iriegnome, Jun 8, 2008.

  1. Kubicki Fan

    Kubicki Fan

    Oct 3, 2014
    Offering a wide range of quality products at a good price is what attracts and retains customers. Sure it costs money to keep offerings available, but I think that is money better spent than creating and disseminating marketing-BS, generally.

    Warmoth will get my business because it has what I want now, and not because it is a streamlined to the hilt operation. Please, do what you need to stay in business and generate some profit but don't discount our loyalty to the brand which was hard won with attention to the details.

    For my new bass, whenever the GAS will subdue my better judgement, I will be looking to Warmoth first, based on past experience.

    Oh, and don't forget the lefties.
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  2. BlueTalon

    BlueTalon Happy Cynic Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2011
    Eastern Washington
    Endorsing Artist: Turnstyle Switch
    Thank you for the explanation, that makes sense.

    This quote caught my attention. I imagine doing it the way you do it now saves a fair bit of figured wood, but is it more process intensive? Do you make the center hump out of the non figured wood and then bend & form the 1/8" figured wood over the hump?

    Warmoth is the only company I know of that offers everything they make in a lefty version at no additional cost.
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  3. Kubicki Fan

    Kubicki Fan

    Oct 3, 2014
    This is, partly, why they have my affection and loyalty. We have to remind our vendors, from time to time what is important to us ;-)
  4. smallbutmighty

    smallbutmighty Commercial User

    Oct 1, 2007
    PNW, USA
    Warmoth - Marketing Director
    Yep, that's correct. It's more labor intensive, but allows us to get three figured tops out of a piece of wood, where before we could get only one. It also allows the tops to be more symmetrical and nice looking. When you are cutting a carved top down into a 3/4" piece of figured maple, you never know what lies beneath the surface, and sometimes you cut the the top and one side looks great and the other side looks sleepy. You see that a lot on Les Pauls. With 1/8" lams you know what they look like from the start...no surprises.
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  5. BlueTalon

    BlueTalon Happy Cynic Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2011
    Eastern Washington
    Endorsing Artist: Turnstyle Switch
    Wow, so you make the 1/8" lamination out of two book-matched halves for symmetry, and then bend that? Or am I reading too much into the word "symmetry"?

    That wood glue always impresses me when I think about how strong it is.
  6. A properly applied glue joint is stronger than the wood would be if one piece.
  7. BlueTalon

    BlueTalon Happy Cynic Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2011
    Eastern Washington
    Endorsing Artist: Turnstyle Switch
    I understand that. But think about the process of gluing the edges of 1/8" pieces of wood together, and then bending the glued-together piece of 1/8" wood over a hump. To someone who does not work with wood much, that's a mind-bender.

    It's like magic. If it's something I was to gain experience in, it would become less impressive to me.
  8. bassclef112

    bassclef112 Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2003
    New York City, NY
    Wow...I'm glad I got mine when I did! And I'm glad (and I guess lucky) to get this particular piece of quilt. Back then there were no wood pics for selection. I just asked for it and got this.

    Like sbm said, getting 3 slices out of a piece can weed out inconsistency in the figuring. But yes, more work...

    I would consider another.
  9. BioDriver

    BioDriver A Cinderella story

    Aug 29, 2008
    Austin, TX
    I'm back on my "If I can't find it I'll build it myself!" BS.

    The plan (as it stands now) is to get a Jazzmaster body with a J route in the neck and MM route in the bridge. Battery box in the back, top route the control cavity and lower switch plate. From there....

    Put a Nordstrand 51 P Split in the neck and either a Big Splitman or MM4.4 quad coil in the bridge. That much I'm certain of. Preamp and switches can go one of two ways:

    A: Stay with Nordstrand and use three stacked knobs - Vol/Bal (or Vol/Vol if those prove too hard to source), passive tone/active mid, treble/bass. The switches will have the top be active/passive, middle be a mid frequency selector, and bottom be dual/single coil switch for the humbucker. The biggest problem here is whether or not the module will fit in the control cavity. Or,

    B: Go with a John East Uni-Pre preamp. Knobs on this would be Vol/Bal, Mid/Mid freq sweep, and treble/bass. Switches would be active/passive, series/parallel for the humbucker, and single/dual coil also for the humbucker. The 3-position slider switches won't fit in the Jag plate as it's laid out. The modules bolt onto the pickguard so space isn't a concern, but how well using two switches as outlined will work is questionable.

    Both would require a LOT of shielding and soldering, and the latter is something I flat out suck at. Both also require a fair chunk of change which I also don't have, but I'm not gonna let that stop me from scheming.

    Alternatively, I can use a different body shape, rear route, and have all the knobs and switches at the usual spot, but Jags and Jazzmasters are so uncommon that I like the idea of something more unique.

    The rest is fairly straightforward - Warmoth pickguard, Babicz/Hipshot bridge, Hipshot tuners with a De-Tuner, used Fender neck from the classifieds, Stratosphere, Fender parts store, or somewhere else, and other hardware that can be more easily found. The electronics are where I'm scratching my head, especially since it's my weakest area.

    I'd love some feedback from y'all and any pointers/tips you could provide!

    JEDI BASS Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2008
    Knoxville, TN
    I was holding a loaded body for a friend. I’ve done work for him before and he had plans for me to finish a build with it. It’s a special order lightweight swamp ash in aged white with neck access contour, and recessed bolt ferrules. It also has countersunk Dunlop Straploks, aluminum Hipshot bridge, Nordy big singles, Sadowsky pre with VTC and aluminum knobs. It had been here a few months, and his plans changed, and it became available. I had snagged an amazing loaded J neck a while back: birdseye and rosewood, slim contour, graphite rods, pearl blocks, pearl binding, quilt maple headstock veneer, and US Hipshot tuners. Needless to say... a few turns of a screwdriver and a tightening of the slacked off truss rod, and I had a bass together. Strangely, all 4 strings were intonated perfectly and the relief was also perfect, which is very odd cause I’m picky about relief and expected to need a tweak. I should have bought a lottery ticket! 05407047-89EB-457D-A6E3-BB3D0EA2623A.jpeg 1827CD2E-BA0B-438B-BED5-588D8BD05F00.jpeg 6C832D0B-9284-4749-8BC8-E325E5329694.jpeg C26642F7-84A0-403B-ACCF-3F57447F1BD0.jpeg 4B3C69DE-D20A-4910-B998-8F24978E93AD.jpeg EE6324C5-A207-4945-B265-CA15FE376491.jpeg 0FD565ED-83BC-48B6-AAB9-F09FCF6E7EDF.jpeg
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  11. Some Aerosmith played on my black limba/wenge Warmoth PJ:

  12. axelrod


    Jun 11, 2013
    Bridge string spacing for 1 1/2 nut standard Warmoth 4 string paddle neck. The 5 stringers have a page explaining the difference between the warmoth and other necks and proper spacing to avoid overhang, but nothing about the 4. Any experiences with different Bridges on these lovely necks? Mine is a beautiful maple on maple. I recently built a 5 string, my body and another type of neck and ended up with strings a little close to the edges which is why I want to double check.
  13. bgartist

    bgartist Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    That really sounds great!! What are all of the woods and electronics?
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  14. murphy

    murphy Supporting Member

    May 5, 2004
    OMG...So nice to hear a demo and actually very clearly hear the bass,
    ..Thank you !
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  15. Body is black limbs, neck is Wenge with an ebony board, and pickups are Aguilar.
  16. Thank you! I turn the instrument volume up higher than it would normally be for this very reason. I don’t want it to get buried.
  17. murphy

    murphy Supporting Member

    May 5, 2004
    Next time...please let us see the bass you are playing
  18. You mean like hold it up to the camera to display it?
  19. bgartist

    bgartist Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    Active or passive electronics?
  20. They are passive. The previous pickups were active Seymour Duncan Basslines which were very good but I wanted peace of mind and not have to worry about battery drainage.
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