Posted by Datsgor on September 13, 2000 at 08:57:29:
In Reply to: Warmoth gecko again... posted by Alfonso on September 12, 2000 at 18:21:54:
: Hey there!. I saw your posts about warmoth and I pointed my navigator to www.warmoth.com and saw what that brand offered to me. I am very impressed about the quality of their products and I'm considering making a Gecko but I have one question;
: I've NEVER assembled a bass; do you think that I could try with the gecko?.
: Also; Datsgor; what's a truss rod?
: Thank you again people!!
Good morning Alfonso,
A struss rod is the metal bar placed inside the neck to counter the pull of the strings on the wood. It is adjustable on either end(not both, just one or the other)and maintains the trueness(straightness) of the neck. On to Warmoth. The warmoth Gecko comes completly unassembled. You would have to install the pickups and then wire them to the controls(you should know how to solder) but the instructions are really easy to understand. You will have to file the nut to shape and groove it for the strings. You can buy pre grooved nuts from Carvin,(buy 2 or 3 for experimenting on,they are only 3 bucks) but they still need to be sanded to shape. Then the bass will need to be "set up", bridge adjustment, action, intonation. Do you know anybody that does this type of stuff? If not, thats ok. I would be more than happy to give you any advice you might need. The thing about building is just take your time, there really is nothing to screw up(permanently)(well, almost nothing)and the satisfaction factor is way up there. Talk to the people at your local music store. Do they have a repairman? He can help you out...there are many resourses on the web. give it some thought...I think you will be very happy with the end result. peace.......john
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