#1
I've been considering making my own new bass from separate parts for a while now, and today I discovered that some places sell kits with all the parts already shaped etc. for people to put together themselves. But before I put any time or money into trying one out, I wanted to check if anyone has tried building from a kit before and how it turned out. Does anyone know if the parts interchangeable or do you have to stick to what's already there in the kit?
#2
It depends, GFS would be my recomendation cause their necks interchange with fenders. You're budget really determines what's suggested, $300 or less could get you a nice GFS $1000 or more and you got a custom warmoth looking at you.

GFS has kits, as well as pre painted bodies and parts, it might be worth it to buy the pre painted body etc.

Edit: Depending on what you're trying to do I'd recommend also buying the bass you want and upgrading it in every single way you want. A kit unless you're cutting the body and neck, and painting, isn't much more than screwing and bolting it together, you could say buy a squier or MIM P bass (used preferably), get some new tuners, pickup, pickguard, covers, bridge and strings and essentially do everything most kits would let you, and have a better bass in the end
Last edited by askrere at Jun 12, 2011,
#3
I know someone who built a guitar kit and he switched just about everything but the body out and it worked great
#4
You will learn a lot by doing your own build, but for me it just turned into one big pain that did not really translate into a justifiable payoff. I would rather just buy something ready to play.
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#5
Thanks guys. I have been looking at a Mexican P Bass on eBay actually wondering if it'd be less work.
#6
It would yes, unless you decided to mod it like crazy. new pickup, strings and a set up would be pretty much the best core thing you could do.
#7
I've just spent something like three hours looking at Warmoth and hand made basses. Probably shouldn't have done that. Now I'm going to spend many more hours hunting down a body made from black korina. I love how it looks with the transparent amber finish. Gives it a bit of color but still looks natural. And it's meant to have a nice well rounded, warm tone.