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Here's one that was built for Nick Clowes - he selected the pickups, woods, bridge and machineheads from Warmoth and I did the rest.
Warmoth bodies and necks are supplied undrilled apart from the machinehead drillings, the pickup and cavity routings and the 4 neck holes in the body. It is up to whoever you choose to build the guitar to drill for the pickup surrounds, neck mounting, jack plate holes, machine head locating holes, the truss rod cover and strap button mountings.......Their bodies are unfinished unless specified, as are their necks. Remember if you order from them that there is a lot more work to do in order to get the guitar to a playable instrument. Warmoth do supply pickups and some of the hardware needed to complete your instrument at a discounted price, but remember that a neck, body and pickups don't make a playable guitar - there's a lot more to it than that.
As supplied by Warmoth - Birds Eye Maple neck, Flame maple top, Swamp Ash body, Seymour Duncan JB, Alnico Pro II and Jazz Neck pickups.
Lacquered (6 coats), pickups and pickup rings installed in addition to the electrics which Nick wanted as versatile as possible. I installed 2 coil taps and a 5 way rotary switch - giving a total of 20 sound options!!
Even the top nut comes as a blank.......
All good things come to an end....it took a total of 4 weeks (waiting for parts to be delivered etc), but Nick is a very happy man.......
Warmoth's make great guitars when finished, but if I have a couple of criticisms about Warmoth guitars, it's the fact that, in general, their customers are unaware of the amount of work necessary to get the guitar playable. Nicks' even needed fret dressing to get it to play really well - not something I expected to have to do, and not something Nick realised would need doing. Add to that their use of a contoured neck joint, which ideally suits a screw and ferrule arangement to attach the neck. However, Warmoth drill for a neckplate arrangement only, which means the top two screws sit slightly proud. I know, I'm a perfectionist........
Steve Hambleton's Flame Top warmoth Les Paul
Another Warmoth is in the surgery at present - here are a couple of pics:
I'll let you know if this one is as temperamental as the last one........
Well the flat metal pickup rings for a carved top guitar were easier to get in than I thought.....let's hope the rest is as straightforward.....
As you can see, this Warmoth is now complete, and no, it wasn't straightforward......Warmoth had kindly drilled the holes in the headstock 2mm too small. Not a major problem in itself, other than the fact that the body and neck had already been painted. When working on a 'parts' guitar that has already been painted, there is an increased risk of damage to the paintwork. Luckily, all went smoothly in this respect, although this cost the owner more financially, due to the decreased pace that work was undertaken at, in order to preserve the finish. A final machine buffing removed all the surface marks that were unavoidable despite cosseting the guitar as much as possible.
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