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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-23-2016, 08:15 AM Thread Starter
 
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NGD: Warmoth Strat project guitar

I posted pics (somewhere) of a lot of these parts back when I got them, but I finally got around to assembling the guitar. I consider the guitar in shakedown mode right now and it needs to come back apart to correct some stuff, most notably the fretwork, which is still very rough and the electronics. Pics first:











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Body: Strat solid alder, front-routed, AAA quilted maple top
Finish: Jungle Burst, natural masked binding, trans green back finish
Neck: ebony heartwood, neck and fretboard, no finish
Shape: Modern Thin profile (similar to current USA Strat), 10-16" compound radius board
Construction: Modern Construction w/ double-expanding truss rod and Gotoh side adjust mechanism
Frets: 6100 stainless
Nut: LSR roller
Tuners: Gotoh SGS510Z MG-T
Bridge: Gotoh EV510T-FE
Pickups: DiMarzio Area 61 (neck), Area 67 (middle), Heavy Blues 2 (bridge)
Pots: Stew Mac/CTS 250k
Switch: DiMarzio Megaswitch
Output jack: Switchcraft
Strap pins: Gotoh strap lock
Neck and output jack plates: Gotoh
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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-23-2016, 09:46 AM
 
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Re: NGD: Warmoth Strat project guitar

That's a beauty dude! Love the top and neck!
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Looks killer. I'm a big fan of Warmoth necks. I have 2 on different teles.
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Nice one, love the colour.
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Re: NGD: Warmoth Strat project guitar

Thanks guys. I can't wait to get the frets in order on this thing and round the fretboard edges a bit. Right now this thing is not comfortable at all. Also might go for a solid gloss black guard while I have the thing apart. Not sure I'm in love with the laminated guard with the natural binding right there. Too many lines and the bright white line really stands out.
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Wow, that looks great!!! Love the top on that guitar! I have a Warmoth Strat too and they have some beautiful wood offerings - especially the unfinished necks (I have a Goncalo / pau ferro neck that I really like). The only downside of buying the Warmoth necks is that they need work when you get them - frets, truss adjustment, etc. as per your point, which is a drag...but once you have it all set up that should be a great guitar! I like the pickguard that you have on it - I think the laminated guard helps make it 'pop' nicely...but I'm sure the solid guard will look nice too! congrats! =)
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Looks great. I'm a big fan of warmoth stuff. Compound radius neck with stainless frets is just awesome.
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That's a sweet top... they did an awesome job on that one!
I agree with you on the pickguard... black ftw
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Thanks. That's a showcase body that I'd been eyeing for a long time. Not 100% the specs I would have chosen but they make it really pricey to do build-to-order. When they ran a promo 20% off any Showcase item I had to pull the trigger. Apparently like the second sale in the history of Warmoth.

Neck was an impulse buy, also from the Showcase and I hope I like it. I'm thinking about doing some of those tiny offset dot inlays in this neck like you did on that PGM neck (that project is also slowly working its way along).

The one other thing that's really bothering me is the pickguard ended up slightly misaligned. I was super careful about aligning it and taping it down, so it must have been the turd drill I used. Got a really nice new drill for Christmas so I might dowel the holes and try again.
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Yeah it looks like the poles might not quite be lined up perfect, but it doesn't look too horrible in the pics... looks good from here man! But if I know you, you'll fix it

Those tiny dots looked sweet on ebony so they should work great on this one!
I'm working on an all Ebony neck (well minus 2 thin mahogany stringers) right now and I was thinking about those little dots for it. Do you still have a link to where you got yours?
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That is a stunning body. Been wanting to have an Ibanez square heel built like that from Christopher Woods. Missed out on one a while back on the bay. Had a similar top as yours.
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Those tiny dots looked sweet on ebony so they should work great on this one!
I'm working on an all Ebony neck (well minus 2 thin mahogany stringers) right now and I was thinking about those little dots for it. Do you still have a link to where you got yours?
http://www.luthiersupply.com/

When you call some guy basically answers the phone, but they're legit. The dots you put on that ebony board were 3mm white MOP and the dots I'm thinking about putting on this are 3mm gold MOP.

I bought a very fine jewelry file and have figured out how to do the inlays with the frets in place (practiced on some junk necks). Basically took the shell down most of the way with a file and then finished it with a razor blade using Dan Erlewine's method for drop fill lacquer repairs. Just a bit nervous about taking a hand drill to this fretboard.

About the pickups, other than looking off, my bigger problem is actually functional with the bridge pickup. I'm not getting nearly enough volume on the higher notes out of the bridge pickup and I feel like the misalignment has something to do with this.

The other funny thing you might notice is that the a few of the rear cover holes are very close to the cavity. I spent all this time measuring things and agonizing over placement, then that happened. Definitely a learning experience building this thing!
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Beautiful.


Gold hardware would rock this
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http://www.luthiersupply.com/

When you call some guy basically answers the phone, but they're legit. The dots you put on that ebony board were 3mm white MOP and the dots I'm thinking about putting on this are 3mm gold MOP.

I bought a very fine jewelry file and have figured out how to do the inlays with the frets in place (practiced on some junk necks). Basically took the shell down most of the way with a file and then finished it with a razor blade using Dan Erlewine's method for drop fill lacquer repairs. Just a bit nervous about taking a hand drill to this fretboard.

About the pickups, other than looking off, my bigger problem is actually functional with the bridge pickup. I'm not getting nearly enough volume on the higher notes out of the bridge pickup and I feel like the misalignment has something to do with this.

The other funny thing you might notice is that the a few of the rear cover holes are very close to the cavity. I spent all this time measuring things and agonizing over placement, then that happened. Definitely a learning experience building this thing!
Thanks for the link! I'd be a little nervous about using a hand drill too, it's so easy to move off center or let the bit dig in too much. Not enough control for delicate projects...

Lining the poles up with the strings should fix the issues you're having. I always use strings or some heavy gauge "Firewire" fishing line with tension on just the high and low e strings when I install pickups. Then there are no surprises later

One of the things I really love about building guitars is just the mental challenge of staying so focused all the time. It's so easy to make a mistake, you have to stay hyper alert with just about everything you do... well making good ones anyway
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Re: NGD: Warmoth Strat project guitar

I like the look of that bridge. Does that use the same sort ofg push-in arm with an allen key to adjust tension on an internal collar like the Gotoh Wilkinsons?
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