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What would you think of this...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Daytona955i, Dec 8, 2005.


  1. Daytona955i

    Daytona955i

    Feb 17, 2005
    Albany, NY
    I'm thinking about building a bass, using either Warmoth or just used parts and making my own. What would you think about a jazz bass body and neck with a badass bridge II and a music man stingray pickup with the appropriate pots, probably looking something like this. I play metal/hardcore and I think it would sound and feel awesome. I don't have either a Fender or a Music Man bass. I'd probably nickname it the Leo Special or something corny like that. Has anyone ever done this before?

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  2. Oxblood

    Oxblood Banned

    Apr 17, 2005
    Baltimore, MD
    A little goofy lookin for me. May I suggest one with a double MM pickup and you would place the second one in the middle of the pickguard? Defiently would look better and would enhance the sound aswell. Slap a tort or a black pickguard on there too and that be something I would personally dig.
     
  3. Daytona955i

    Daytona955i

    Feb 17, 2005
    Albany, NY
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    I think I would use the music man metallic green and do a pearl black pickguard like this (very roughly, I didn't take too much time in changing the colors.)

    I played a Stingray with a single pickup in that position and I really dug the sound, I would never change between pickups, I would just use whichever sounded best, unless I mixed the two like I do with my current bass's EMGs, but I liked the sound of just the one.
     
  4. Ian Perge

    Ian Perge Supporting Member

    May 11, 2001
    Evansville, Indiana
    You could probably save yourself a fair chuck of change and see if the new Big Block Precision is to your liking first before having a semi-custom made to spec.

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  5. Daytona955i

    Daytona955i

    Feb 17, 2005
    Albany, NY
    That's a good idea actually, I just don't like P bass necks, and I wanted it in green. Plus I think I could build it on my own, I have routers and sanders and a good amount of time painting automotive finishes. I think I could do it. (Plus enough understanding of instruments, soldering, and the lust for a new hobby to be able to fit the task I think).
     
  6. BartmanPDX

    BartmanPDX Supporting Member

    I looked into building a bass from parts from Warmoth.

    Once I'd added up the options I wanted, the total cost would have been around $1300. :(

    For that kind of money, I'd rather spend a few hundred extra and get Nino Valenti to build me a great bass, rather than risk screwing things up myself. Cutting the nut was the part that concerned me the most, along with leveling the frets properly.

    A bass with two MM pickups would be pretty cool, though.
     
  7. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Ya, a lot of people forget that frets need leveled when you buy necks from parts places. That's another $100 at least. I don't see the value in building parts basses myself. Unless you do what I did and buy cut-rate used parts off Ebay. About 6 years ago I built a P copy for like $200. It turned out great.
     
  8. Daytona955i

    Daytona955i

    Feb 17, 2005
    Albany, NY
    I was planning on just buying a used jazz bass neck off ebay and sanding the headstock.
     
  9. Daytona955i

    Daytona955i

    Feb 17, 2005
    Albany, NY
    I made a better photoshop...

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  10. what does leveling frets involve?
     
  11. lefty

    lefty

    Sep 25, 2004
    i just bought a luthier built warmoth off ebay for 300 bucks and it`s GREEN!!! it`s a vinage green like you would see on a 50`s chevy or something. was`nt shure i would like it at first but i dig it! warmoth stuff is killer, i have a frtless p neck on a jazz body and really like the neck. i also put together a warmoth p body with a japanese fender type neck that turned out pretty good. if you got the skills, go for it! i allways take it to someone who knows what they are doing to set it up. i got skills too(you know like bow hunting, computer hacking) but that settin up thing becomes pretty tricky. thats when years of experience is required to get it done right.