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Warmoth parts

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by l0calh05t, Oct 22, 2001.


  1. How Good are Warmoth Parts? I never tried to put together a bass myself so I am not so sure.
    Are basses hard to assemble?
    And one more question: Where the f*ck do you put the strap-locks on a "Mockingbird" body? ( I really like it's design, so i'd like 2 know )
     
  2. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Bettendorf, IA USA
    Warmoth parts are of very high quality. Both the necks and bodies are suitable to assemble a very good quality bass. I have never done it because if you buy a finished body and neck, hardware and electronics, you will spend way more than you would for a comparable used bass in very good/excellent condition. I suppose you could do the finish work yourself, but even the unfinished bodies are expensive. At least too expensive to experiment on.

    However, I do concede that when you are done, you should have exactly what you want.

    In general if you are fairly dextrous, assembling a bass is not difficult. Setting a bolt-on neck is fairly easy if you take your time and know what you are looking for. Soldering electronics is an acquired talent, but that is something that you can practice before attempting for real.

    As for the location of the strap locks, I guess you would mount them on the back of the bass body in a location that best balances the guitar.

    Chas
     
  3. I know that the parts are expensive, but i would prefer a customized bass to a good used one, and custom basses from the knows bass builders are even more expensive. And if I understand right, the Gecko is pretty easy to assemble and would be good for a first try of warmoth stuff. And I like it too.

    PS: Do they make 35"- or 36"-Scale bass necks?
    If no do you know a company that does make good ones?
     
  4. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    The Gecko is 35".

    For 36", you will have to go high end or custom.
     
  5. Oysterman

    Oysterman

    Mar 30, 2000
    Sweden
    I've been looking at assembling Warmoth parts for my next bass as well, thinking about a J-bass clone of some sort. I've reached the conclusion that I could buy a pre-finished body and neck and hardware from Warmoth, buy a pair of pickups here in Sweden, assemble it myself and have a bass that might even be CHEAPER than purchasing an original MIA Fender Jazz - even after high shipping costs and the VAT the customs are likely to charge me. Very tempting, I must say! That said, I still need the money for it. :(
     
  6. What exactly do you mean?
     
  7. Oysterman

    Oysterman

    Mar 30, 2000
    Sweden
    Only some high-end builders such as Tune make 36" scale basses. You could turn to them or you could talk directly to a luthier to custom-build you one.
     
  8. Ok, but doesn't Warmoth also make custom necks etc.?

    Because for example i can't find the Warmoth 2+2 necks in the catalog but in the "custom(?) thrift shop"
     
  9. Oysterman

    Oysterman

    Mar 30, 2000
    Sweden
    "Custom" is often a misused word (especially in the USA?)... often it seems to me that if you can pick a colour it's "custom". :D So Warmoth is not *fully* custom, but still "custom".

    Other examples: Fender & Gibson "Custom" shops, Carvin "Custom" shop... ;)
     
  10. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I've built 4 basses using Warmoth parts. 3 neck & body & 1 just a neck on an old P-bass body.

    8 string Jazz bass <font size=2>(sold)</font>
    AAAA Flame maple top on swamp ash
    maple/rosewood neck
    pick-up's & electronics from a USA 62 J RI
    Gotoh machines
    Schaller bridge

    4 string Precision bass <font size=2>(sold)</font>
    stripped 79 P bass body
    maple/rosewood neck
    Seymour Duncan 1/4 LB P&J pickups
    Schaller machines
    BadAss II bridge
    Chrome pickguard

    4 string Jazz bass*
    Swamp ash body w/tounge oil finish
    maple/maple w/black binding & block inlay
    Fender American STD pickups
    Schaller machines
    Gotoh strings thru the body bridge
    black pickguard

    *This used to be my "Geddy Lee" bass. I recently bought the natural Warmoth body w/guard & bridge off of eBay & I love it natural. Anyone need a black alder Jazz body w/BaddAss II, pickguard & control plate?

    5 string Jazz bass
    AAAA quilted maple top on swamp ash body
    Maple/maple neck w/abalone dot inlays
    2 EMG 40 J pickups
    Aguilar OBP-1 preamp
    Gotoh tuning machines
    Schaller Roller bridge

    The thing I like about Warmoth is you can put whatever you want into it. If you were to call Fender & say I want an American Series bass w/noiseless pick-up's in it, 1st it would have to go through the Fender custom shop (big bucks) & 2nd, they don't do slight mods like that. (They didn't when I worked @ Sam Ash) If I were to have Fender build a bass like my 5 string they would charge me/you @ least $2500. & I paid less than 1/2 of that to build it myself. The only reason I put Fender p/u's in those 2 basses is because I bought them REALLY CHEAP off of someone that replaced them. I'm thinking of putting Sadowsky p/u's & Aguilar OBP-1 in the Natural Jazz.
    <a href="http://www.theoremnyc.cjb.net"><img width=385 height=70 src="http://albums.photopoint.com/j/View?u=1174383&a=8647027&p=41535909&Sequence=0&res=high" border=0></a>
     
  11. bassaussie

    bassaussie

    Oct 6, 2001
    Portugal
    How do some of the other brands compare? I've checked out the websites for Allparts and Mighty Mite, and they look pretty good as well.

    Anybody .... ?
     
  12. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I haven't seen too many AllParts neck/bodies. I have seen some Mighty Mite parts & Warmoth seems better quality, IMO.
     
  13. bassaussie

    bassaussie

    Oct 6, 2001
    Portugal
    Thanks Nino. I'd really like to get my hands on some Warmoth parts, but that means shipping them from the US, whereas the Allparts stuff is more readily available in Europe. Worst thing is, every time I think about building a bass, I can't get your bloody 5 string out of my mind, and it scares me off because I don't think I could achieve such an awesome result!
     
  14. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    <img width=350 src="http://albums.photopoint.com/j/View?u=1174383&a=8647027&p=41153965&Sequence=0&res=high">
    You mean this?:D:p It didn't take alot of work. The only hard part was the Aguilar pr-amp. Other than that, it took no time to assemble & set up to my liking. You have to be patient w/a body. Wait till you find a nice painted body on the Thrift shop page. I started a thread w/alot of nice Warmoth thrift Shop bodies. <a href="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=29226">CLICK HERE</a> to see the thread.
     
  15. Steve Mosher

    Steve Mosher

    Oct 23, 2001
    Warmoth makes fine wood necks. They also provide excellent laminated top and solid wood bodies with well-selected and matched woods. I particularly know about the bodies, due to having a company where players send these bodies to have graphite necks mounted, basses finished and set-up.;)
     
  16. bassaussie

    bassaussie

    Oct 6, 2001
    Portugal
    Hey Steve, I saw on another thread that you're the owner of Moses. I've actually been looking at your site, and I'm definately considering one of your necks as an option. Can you tell me this. How difficult is it to match the screw holes from the neck and the body when you buy the two pieces seperately? I live in Portugal, and one option for me is to buy a neck from someone like yourself, and try and obtain a body locally. Hey, you don't have any distributors in Europe, do you?
     
  17. bassaussie

    bassaussie

    Oct 6, 2001
    Portugal
    Hey Nino, you really didn't have to post the pic, I already know how good the bass looks!!! :D:D:D

    Seriously, thanks for the supporting words. I'm reasonably good with my hands, so I'm not scared of doing a bit of handiwork to get something like this together, plus I know a local guy who could bail me out if things go really wrong, but I'm just a but nervous about turning five or six hundred bucks worth of parts into firewood!