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One tip I read that paid off was looking for in-stock necks with problems. Mine is a factory second with a couple of nicks in it - I saved like $200 off what it would have cost if I had ordered a neck with the same options.
03-21-2010 09:17 PM
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Yes, Warmoth drills neck holes and all the others holes you ask (bridge, controls, etc).
They can also install bridge studs and nuts (both locking and not).
They won't install the hardware (bridge, ferrules, tuning machines) and they won't install the electronics (pick up, switches, wiring, etc...).
They can sell both finished and unfinished bodies and necks: the finished ones cost much more.
Finishing a neck with oil or shellac is quite easy and the result can be really good (I love my shellac finished necks), but Warmoth's warranty is not valid with this kind of finishes (but...who cares after all...there are plenty of oil finished necks that don't warp).
Finishing a body with a sealer can be a bit harder and the result will be really different from a classic solid and glossy "factory" finish (not necessarily worst, but surely different).
Assembling the guitar is not that hard, but you have got to have a bit of experience.
I've assembled my warmoths by my own, but then I took them to a luthier for nut set up and fretboard leveling.
About the electronics...I had a friend helping me and he had also all the spare electronics parts I forgot to order to warmoth :rolleyes:!
03-22-2010 06:44 AM
03-22-2010 06:58 AM
Yeah, the 3 Warmoths I have built I used necks and bodies from warmoth and they were all pre-drilled and fit perfectly. The bridge holes are also pre-drilled and were dead on.
I don't mind the electronics, drilling smaller holes, etc.... Its the neck holes, bridge studs, etc... the things that could make the whole guitar useless. I think the nut is the only thing I am not really experienced at. I don't mess with painting :cop: I have a bad karma with that, lol. So, they drill the neck holes in the neck and body?
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One thing that should be mentioned here.......by the time you buy a body and neck, and then all the hardware and electronics.....you'll most likely have as much invested already as if you'd bought a true custom made instrument. And that won't include any of your time and labor. So if it's a custom instrument that you're after and you're not "hell-bent" on finishing and assembling it yourself, it's probably to your benefit just to buy a custom instrument from a good custom builder. I normally wind up with at least 60 or 70 hours in one of my complete custom builds and that's not including setup time. A good setup job alone will require 6-8 hours or more. I have a couple of my customs posted here this week......both are telecaster versions. Check them out if you're interested.
03-22-2010 07:33 AM
Wish they made a wheel truss rod or one at the headstock.
The pro doesn't count cause that side thing is for small adjustments and it gets in the way of a fender contoured heel.
03-22-2010 07:34 AM
I disagree. I've built two Warmoths and ended up with Custom Shop level instruments for about the price of a standard MIA Fender...and that was with Warmoth doing the finish.
03-22-2010 07:42 AM
I'd have to see your math on that. A finished body from Warmoth is generally between 400 - 500, but realistically in the 500 range. A finished neck is a minimum of 300. That's 800 right there without any hardware or electronics and you can expect to invest another 300 minimum easily for that. Now you're at 1100. But without a case. Add another 100 for a decent quality case and you're at 1200. That's just monetary investment. Still doesn't account for any of your time or labor. My solid and semi-hollow customs generally sell for 1200-1500 completely setup to buyer preference with a HS case and a lifetime warranty. Mark Swanson of Swanson guitars has similar pricing structure. Not all custom makers charge 6K for a build.
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