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warmoth questions

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by nunk6, Jul 31, 2001.


  1. nunk6

    nunk6

    Jul 29, 2000
    this friday im ordering a bass body
    its going to be a pbass style, mahogany w/birds eye top

    but since this is p style and its going to be rear routed, will there only be three holes in standard p bass place position? or is there an option to add more holes for pots and possibly an output jack on the side?

    also does anyone know if there will be enough room in the cavity for an active preamp w/battery?

    im a bit worried about how it will turn out because I have never ordered from warmoth
    thanks for your help
     
  2. Aren't these questions you should be asking of Warmoth???
     
  3. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
     
  4. Warmoth is also REALLY committed to you getting what you want the first time around, so if you have specific questions or needs be sure to tell them and you're there. Don't be shy, that's what they're there for!

    They don't want to sell you what you don't want because you'll return it and that sucks for them or there will be a dissatisfied customer out there and they don't want that either.
     
  5. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    I'm building a Tele out of Warmoth parts, and let me tell you - the quality is great! I'm starting to plan a bass now. Your mahogany with birdseye top should be stunning, and I'd love to see a picture of the body both before and after you finish it.

    The people at Warmoth are great, but you may want to write up a list with questions and issues before you call. Returns to them suck only because you end up paying the shipping both ways if you're sending it back because you changed your mind. Been there, done that, have the T-shirt to prove it.

    A suggestion - the Dinky P carved top bass body is really rounded and comfy, is available in birdseye on mahogany, and would look great in a clear or trans finish, which I assume you're doing:

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    Just food for thought...
     
  6. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    So nunk6, were we any help?
     
  7. nunk6

    nunk6

    Jul 29, 2000
    thanks for your help i called today to order the body
    they were very helpful and answered all of my questions and i should have it in three weeks i cant wait
     
  8. I completely agree with you HeavyDuty. That carved dinky P is exactly what I'm gonna get to go along with the J neck I have bought. Can't decide on a color!!! Ugh..that's the worst part:) Been playin in photoshop to figure out the right one!
     
  9. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    tufnuts -

    Yeah, I know what you mean. Currently, my plan looks like this:

    * Warmoth carved top Dinky P body, Koa with a Flame Koa top (which they can do for an additional charge - the back being book-matched "normal" Koa, and the top book-matched flame Koa - about $325, and it's guaranteed to be "real purty") with an oiled finish. I may consider other woods instead, like Walnut.

    * Moses headless carbon fiber neck.

    * Either Status or Bunker bridge/tuner hardware, or something similar that allows the use of double-ball strings.

    * EMGs at 18v.

    It won't be cheap, but it'll be exactly what I want. (I figure about $1100 or so.) That's OK, because I enjoy building stuff. Plus, no worries about what to put on the headstock!
     
  10. nunk6

    nunk6

    Jul 29, 2000
    oh man! i didnt order a finish on the body (couldnt wait to save enough money) and ive just read that both mahogany and birds eye maple are tricky woods to finish
    i was planning on using an oil but now i dont know
    i dont have any experience finishing, am i going to be able to pull this off without spending billions more?!
     
  11. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    nunk6 -

    I suspect you'd be OK with one of the commercial oil finishes that can be had at your local woodworking store. Do you have any of those places nearby? We have the "Rockler" chain of stores here in Chicago, and they're great. There's also quite a bit of info on the Web, if you do a little digging.

    "Tung Oil" is one commonly available oil. You can get "pure" tung oil, but most products are mixed with other stuff, which may be OK. I've read that "Formby's Tung Oil Finish" works well for tonewoods. I think I'd go for a heavier oiled finish to fill the surface grain, and then matte it out with 0000 steel wool for a final finish - but that's me.

    I highly recommend you find a wood finishing junkie for some advice when the body gets here!

    What did you do for a neck finish? Warmoth won't warrant their maple necks unless they're finished, and oil won't cut it for necks in their opinion - they want to see lacquer or poly.

    Ken
     
  12. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Sounds like you're gonna have one KILLER bass. Keep us updated!!!!

    <a href="http://www.theoremnyc.cjb.net"><img width=275 height=48 src="http://albums.photopoint.com/j/View?u=1174383&a=8647027&p=41535909&Sequence=0&res=high"></a>
     
  13. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    Hey, Nunk6 -

    Do you have a digital camera? If you do, please take and post before and after pics of your body, will 'ya? I'd love to see how the body looks raw, and how the finish you choose affects the appearance.

    Don't be surprised if the body doesn't look that great when it comes out of the box - the finish will really bring out the figure.

    Oh, another finish technique is Birchwood-Casey Tru-Oil, which is a gunstock finish that's designed for amateur home use. A lot of home guitar builders swear by it, and it's available at just about any sporting goods store. Do a web search on it, and see what you think!

    Have fun...
     
  14. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    Oh, yeah -

    And check out Stew Mac's website, and get one of their catalogs - they sell lots of finishing supplies and instruction books. They have the lacquer needed for neck finishing (assuming it's a maple neck) in spray cans.