Laminate Top Tele®
Guitar Replacement Bodies

Telecaster®
Flame Maple on Swamp Ash
Standard Tele® Body
Telecaster®
Flame Maple on Swamp Ash
Standard Tele® Body
shown with Pickguard

Beautiful woods are the hallmark of custom guitars. Unfortunately, such woods are often expensive and worse yet, their sonic properties may not be as desirable as their appearance.


Many years ago we developed a process whereby a 1/8" thick exotic top could be formed over the face and forearm contour of a guitar body. We refer to these bodies as "Lam-Top" bodies also sometimes called a drop-top if you have a forearm contour.


When using only an 1/8" top, all of the tonal properties of the body will be derived from the base wood, not the top wood. Therefore, you may have an Alder body that sounds like an Alder body, but has the face of a beautiful piece of Quilt maple.


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Our "In Stock" selection has thousands of custom bodies and necks ready for purchase! These are the same quality as our custom built items. We pre-build many popular items and pass the savings on to you. Simply click on the image above to view and order today.

Build your custom item online

If you cannot find what you desire in our "In Stock" selection, we would be very happy to simply design it for you! Depending on your exact specifications, most items from this category only take about 4 to 6 weeks for us to make! Having it your way is what "custom" is all about and our skilled craftsmen are second to none!

Making A Laminate Top

Laminate Cut 1

The tops are done in what is called a bookmatch. This is accomplished by resawing a plank and...

Laminate Cut 2

Opening the resulting 2 halves like a book.

Laminate Cut 3

This yields a symmetrical pattern along the body centerline.



Tele® Guitar Body
Rear Rout Control Options

Telecaster®
Rear Routed Tele®
with stock Tele® controls.
Telecaster®
Rear Routed Tele®
with stock Strat® controls.

Shown with optional tummy cut contour


When beautiful woods are used on a body, it is often desirable to cut the control cavity from the back. This way there is no need to cover the beautiful wood with a pickguard. This is called "Rear Routing" and it allows maximum exposure of the face wood.


This larger cavity allows very near stock positioning of the 3-way switch and pot holes. Cavity depth is 1-1/2" leaving a face thickness of 1/4" except in the area of the switch where the thickness is only .090".


There is no extra charge to have any or all the control holes cut in their standard positions (shown above).


All rear routed bodies are supplied with a recessed cover plate and mounting screws.




Left And Right Handed

Pricing Table

Top Rout
Laminate Woods

body wood
Swamp AshAlderBlack KorinaBubingaBirdseye MapleFlame MapleKoaLacewoodMahoganyPadoukQuilt MapleIndian RosewoodSpruceWalnutWengeZebrawood
Alder$250
Basswood$230
Black Korina$320
Maple$270
Mahogany$270
Poplar$220
2pc Indian RosewoodCheck for Availability
Swamp Ash$250
Walnut$320
3pc Indian RosewoodCheck for Availability

Rear Rout w/ Cover
Laminate Woods

body wood
Swamp AshAlderBlack KorinaBubingaBirdseye MapleFlame MapleKoaLacewoodMahoganyPadoukQuilt MapleIndian RosewoodSpruceWalnutWengeZebrawood
Alder$270
Basswood$250
Black Korina$340
Maple$290
Mahogany$290
Poplar$240
2pc Indian RosewoodCheck for Availability
Swamp Ash$270
Walnut$340
3pc Indian RosewoodCheck for Availability


For the Ultimate in personal preference, our special Unique Choice option lets you pick the actual laminate top we will use for your body from below. Simply add its price to the table price above.

Include the laminate top number with your order.


Laminated Top Wood Type



Featured Solid Body Laminate Tops

wood type

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LT1478 +$55
Mahogany

wood type

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LT1452 +$100
Flame Maple

wood type

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LT1463 +$100
Flame Maple

wood type

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LT682 +$125
Bubinga

wood type

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LT1399 +$55
Koa

wood type

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LT1502 +$125
Lacewood

wood type

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LT1361 +$225
Koa (Flame)

wood type

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LT1539 +$150
Indian Rosewood

wood type

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LT1669 +$175
Figured Walnut

wood type

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LT1533 +$75
Goncalo Alves

wood type

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LT1638 +$250
Bocote

wood type

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LT1547 +$100
Canary

wood type

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LT1315 +$150
Camphor Burl

wood type

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LT1322 +$175
Camphor Burl

wood type

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LT1535 +$150
Camphor Burl
  • The grain pattern and color will change as the laminated top is sanded and finished. You should expect some variation in appearance from the picture shown.
  • Warmoth's production managers have discretion to choose the way the laminated top is oriented on the body wood for the best appearance and structural integrity.
  • If while in production the product is found to be substandard, we will not be able to continue with the piece you have chosen.
  • The charge for selecting a one-of-a-kind laminated top is non-refundable for order returns, changes, or cancellations.

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