The construction of these necks is based upon the vintage Fender necks but with a few refinements and improvements for convenience.
The walnut filler strip or skunk stripe down the back side of the neck is a standard feature. Maple necks are made of one piece of
wood those with alternate fingerboard woods are made of two pieces. The tone of these necks is very vintage and warm. In replacement
situations, these necks will preserve the tone of your instrument while incorporating modern features and conveniences. These are the
best necks of their type on the market.
Here is an overview of the design elements that set these necks apart from all others:
TRUSS ROD DESIGN:
The truss rod in vintage modern necks is the same as that found in the vintage Fender necks, a single rod anchored at either end, curving
over an arch in the neck. This design has functioned successfully in millions of necks though does usually require seasonal adjustment
for optimum action.
Beginning in 2002 we moved the truss rod adjustment from the heel to the head of the neck where it is accessed through a walnut plug
with an Allen wrench, for a very functional and clean looking appearance.
COMPOUND RADIUS PLAYING SURFACE:
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.
While this feature isn't much thought about these days, it wasn't that many years ago when all Fender necks featured only 21 frets.
Warmoth was in the forefront with these original conversion necks…offering a replacement neck requiring no body modifications but yet
offering an additional 22nd fret.