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Warmoth Custom Guitar Parts July 2014
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The Hybrid Strat® Body

Hybrid Strat® Bodies

It's a well established scientific law: when you take two cool things and combine them, the result is one super amazingly cool thing. The Liger. The Cronut. The Chevy El Camino.

Now, in the spirit of mad geniuses like Dr. Moreau and Dr. Jekyll, the tone-scientists at Warmoth are proud to announce the most recent combination to shake the world: The Hybrid Strat® body. It is a completely new animal that moves with the grace of a Strat® and roars with the voice of a Tele®.

The transplant procedure is shockingly easy:

  • Remove the neck, pickups, bridge, and hardware from a vintage/original USA spec Tele®.
  • Install them directly into the Hybrid Strat® body.
  • Play.

All the snap and twang you desire, in a quick playing, well-balanced, and ergonomic package. It's a miracle of modern science!

P.S. For those who may wonder, we've made a Hybrid Tele® body too!

View In-Stock Hybrid Strat® bodies.

View In-Stock Hybrid Tele® bodies.

Spalted Maple: The Fungus Among Us

Spalt Maple Tops

Sometimes it's the flaws that make something beautiful. A perfect example: Spalted Maple. The name does not refer to a specific species of maple, but rather any type of maple that has been attacked by fungus and is in the process of decay. When harvested and dried at the correct time, it yields beautiful patterns of discoloration and streaking, while retaining enough hardness and integrity to be used in woodcraft, including furniture, carvings, and guitar building.

The species of Spalted Maple we use at Warmoth is typically Acer macrophyllum, or Pacific Maple. Like all Spalted Maple it is soft, punky, and quite finicky. For this reason we use it only for bookmatched lam-tops on flat-top bodies. Carved Tops and Drop Tops are generally avoided. Because it cannot be radiused along the edge with consistent results, Spalted Maple lam-tops also always receive binding.

Spalted Maple is very difficult to finish. It soaks up a lot of finish, making it a more complex job than the typical do-it-yourselfer can tackle. When done properly, however, the results are stunning, particularly in Clear or Tobacco Burst. Tastes change, but Spalted Maple continues to be highly prized for its beautiful and unique imperfections.

View In-Stock guitar bodies with Spalted Maple tops

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