Warmoth Custom Guitar Parts - Neck Constructions

Guitar Neck Constructions

Modern |  Modern Tiltback |  Vintage/Modern |  Vintage

Warmoth offers several neck construction types to suit any taste or playing style. Click the quick-links above or scroll down to learn more.

Modern Construction

Modern necks represent over 30 years of innovation and refinement. In terms of playability and stability there is no finer neck on the market. Features include:

  • Double-expanding truss rod
  • Convenient side adjust mechanism*
  • Unrivaled stability in all climates
  • Modern feel and classic tone
  • Widest range of custom options available anywhere

The Double Expanding Truss Rod


Adjustments

The adjustment nut on Modern necks is found at the heel. A convenient side adjust mechanism makes fine adjustments possible without removal of the neck*.

Stability

The Modern neck uses a double-expanding truss rod, installed in a flat slot directly under the fretboard. This rod floats freely within the neck, with only the backward force that counteracts the pull of the guitar strings being transferred to the wood. All the rod's inward compression is absorbed by rod itself. This makes the neck extremely stable through all climates and seasons (perfect for touring guitarists). It also means Modern necks are much less susceptible to warping over time than single rod necks.

Notes

You can choose Modern construction on all Warmoth straight-headstock neck styles. Most Warmoth specialty necks are built using Modern construction only, including the 7/8 Warhead neck, 12-String, Mustang/Jaguar, 7-String*, Bass6*, Gibson® Scale Conversion, and Baritone Scale Conversion* necks.

Many custom options, inluding binding, scallops, or inlay, are only available on Modern construction necks.

The force exerted by the headstock end of the double rod is considerable. There must be a minimum 1/8" of wood below the rod end to prevent wood failure in this area. Thinning a neck beyond factory engineered dimensions is not recommended or covered under warranty.

*Side adjust mechanism not available on left-handed, Baritone Conversion, Bass6, or 7-string necks.

Modern Tiltback Construction

This is the construction used by all Warmoth tiltback-style headstocks. Features include:

  • Double-expanding truss rod that adjusts at the headstock
  • Unrivaled stability in all climates
  • Modern feel and classic tone
  • Widest range of custom options available anywhere

The Double Expanding Truss Rod


Adjustments

The adjustment nut on Modern Tiltback necks is at the headstock. It is not necessary to remove the neck for adjustment.

Stability

The Modern neck uses a double-expanding truss rod, installed in a flat slot directly under the fretboard. This rod floats freely within the neck, with only the backward force that counteracts the pull of the guitar strings being transferred to the wood. All the rod's inward compression is absorbed by rod itself. This makes the neck extremely stable through all climates and seasons (perfect for touring guitarists). It also means Modern necks are much less susceptible to warping over time than single rod necks.

Notes

Many custom options such as binding, scallops, or inlay, are only available on Modern construction necks.

The force exerted by the headstock end of the double rod is considerable. There must be a minimum 1/8" of wood below the rod end to prevent wood failure in this area. Thinning a neck beyond factory engineered dimensions is not recommended or covered under warranty.

Vintage/Modern Construction

Our Vintage/Modern neck combines traditional neck design with modern refinements for improved playability and convenience. There is no finer neck of this type on the market. Features include:

  • Single-style truss rod that adjusts at headstock
  • One piece maple necks, two piece mixed-wood necks
  • Walnut skunk stripe
  • Warm vintage tone

The Single-style Truss Rod


Adjustments

The adjustment nut on Vintage/Modern necks is accessible at the headstock. Neck removal is not necessary for adjustment.

Stability

The Vintage/Modern neck uses a single truss rod design. The rod is held within a concave channel and anchored to the wood at each end. As the adjustment nut is tightened the neck wood absorbs both the backward force that counteracts the pull of the guitar strings and the inward compression exerted by the rod. Necks that use a single-rod design typically need seasonal adjustment, and are slightly more susceptible to warping over time than double-rod designs.

Notes

Vintage/Modern is the Warmoth neck construction type most similar to Fender's modern Strat® and Tele® neck construction. It is available in 25-1/2" scale only.

Vintage Construction

The Vintage neck duplicates the dimensions and construction methods used on Fender's® earliest necks, for a true vintage playing experience. There is no finer neck of this type on the market. Features include:

  • Single-style truss rod that adjusts at heel
  • 21 frets
  • Vintage tone and feel
  • One piece maple necks*
  • Two piece mixed-wood necks*

The Vintage Single-Style Truss Rod


Adjustments

The adjustment nut on Vintage necks is accessible at the heel. To adjust the truss rod the neck must be removed.

Stability

The Vintage neck uses a single truss rod design. The rod is held within a concave channel and anchored to the wood at each end. As the adjustment nut is tightened the neck wood absorbs both the backward force that counteracts the pull of the guitar strings and the inward compression exerted by the rod. Necks that use a single-rod design typically need seasonal adjustment, and are slightly more susceptible to warping over time than double-rod designs.

Notes

The Vintage neck is the only Warmoth neck with an available 7-1/4" fretboard radius. It is available in 25-1/2" scale only.

*One-piece Maple necks have a Walnut skunk stripe. Mixed-wood two piece necks (e.g. Maple and Rosewood) do not have a skunk stripe.

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