Warmoth Custom Guitar Parts - Vintage Modern Info

Vintage Modern Construction

Our Vintage Modern neck combines vintage-Fender®-style neck design with modern refinements that improve playability and convenience. There is no finer neck of this type on the market. Features include:

  • Single-style truss rod that adjusts at headstock
  • Compound radius fingerboard (other options available)
  • One piece maple necks, two piece mixed-wood necks
  • Walnut skunk stripe
  • Warm vintage tone

The Single-style Truss Rod

Warmoth Vintage Modern necks use a single truss rod design. The rod is attached to a fixed anchor at the heel end of the neck. An anchored adjustment nut at the other end is accessible through an opening at the headstock. The rod sits in a concave channel within the neck, and is installed through a long opening in the back on both one and two piece necks. Once installed in its channel the rod takes a slightly curved or bowed position.

As the adjustment nut is tightened the anchor and nut, unable to pass through the narrow channel ends, begin to exert inward compression on the neck wood. The end of the rod is drawn outwards, and the center upwards towards a staight line. When the nut is loosened the rod relaxes back towards its neutral bowed position.

Characteristics of the Vintage Modern neck include:

  • Adjustments can be made without removing the neck
  • Light weight and minimum mass
  • Less torque required for adjustment
  • Usually requires seasonal adjustments for optimum action

Compound Radius Fingerboard

Over twenty years ago Warmoth pioneered the concept of a conical playing surface. The idea was to keep the lower registers of the fingerboard with a rounder feel, more comfortable for chording and rhythm playing but at the same time to flatten the high registers for easier string bending. The compound radius accomplishes this with a continuously flattening radius beginning with a 10 inch radius at the string nut to a 16 inch radius at the 22nd fret. This compound radius isn't something that feels readily apparent to the playing hand in any noticeable way other than the fact that it is very comfortable to play on. With a professional set-up, these necks play exceptionally well.

Fingerboard Length Options

Standard 22 Fret

A fingerboard with 22 frets is considered the industry "standard" for the last few decades and sports the typical 1/4" overhang off the end of the heel. This has always been the standard spec for our Vintage Modern series.

(Vintage Modern Tele® neck shown)

21 Fret Option

A fingerboard with 21 frets is considered a "vintage" spec, where the fingerboard is flush with the neck heel. You may have one less fret to play on but you will find that taking off and putting on a pickguard is much easier without the the fingerboard overhang.

(Vintage Modern Tele® neck shown)

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