What makes the tone? (Warmoth)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jock, Nov 26, 2001.

  1. jock


    Jun 7, 2000
    Stockholm, Sweden
    How much does the quality of the body affect the sound? Will a Warmoth replacement jazz body in alder sound as good as a body from a custombuilder?
    Can a bass from Warmothparts sound as good as an American vintage 62 reissue jazz?
    What is it that makes it (the 62 RI) sound vintage? Is it the pickups or what?
    How does the bodyfinish affect the sound?
  2. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Bettendorf, IA USA
    The quality of the body makes a huge difference in the sound. That having been said, Warmoth makes very high quality bodies.

    For example, I would expect an ash or alder body from Warmoth to match the quality of a body from the Fender factory.

    I would expect a Warmoth body to be equal in quality to a custom builder's if the builder is using similar grade lumber. The cost of the wood is very much reflected in the prices of any maker.

    To "sound as good as" is a tough one to guage. I imagine if you installed 62 RI PUs in a bass made from Warmoth stuff, it would sound similar.

    The effects of finish on the sound is a pretty interesting debate. I have read many posts here that claim it makes little or no difference, but if you go to Michael Tobias' site, you can read his claims that it does make a signficant difference.

    Many vintage fans think the nitrocellulose finishes on the older guitars is part of what gives them their vibe. I tend to agree. Most guitars today are not finished in nitro.

    I am not sure if the 62 RI is a nitro finish or not.