28-5/8" Conversion Necks
Conversion necks are another Warmoth innovation in guitar customization. We offer both shorter scale (Gibson® style) necks and longer scale necks. The concept is to change the scale of a standard guitar without modifying the body. All of our conversion necks are built using Warmoth Pro construction: double expanding truss rods and compound radius fingerboards.
For those who want a deeper range (B to B strings) we created the 28-5/8" scale length Baritone Conversion neck. This neck will bolt on to your original 25-1/2® scale neck guitar body without any modifications. Of course you will need to re-intonate and tune your guitar to match the new scale. This is a very easy conversion and allows a relatively inexpensive way to experience something new on your old Fender®.
The scale length of a guitar is actually the playable string length. Simply measuring from the playing side of the string nut to the break-over point of the string on the bridge will give you the scale. Usually though, we'd measure to the 12th fret (half scale) and double this number; strings actually intonate a little longer than the stated scale (has to do with action height and the distance the string is depressed when fretting, amongst other things).
Warmoth "Pro" Construction
Pro construction necks represent our premium neck offering. They feature a number of advancements including our double
expanding truss rod design, compound radius fingerboard, convenient truss rod adjustment and the widest range of custom options to
be found anywhere. The sustain of these necks is excellent, with an even and balanced tonal range sure to please your ears.
In terms of quality, convenience and long term serviceability there is no finer neck 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 used in PRO necks is our double expanding truss rod. Not to be confused with what some others call a double
rod, the Warmoth design is double in that there are two lengths of rod in the neck that act together to move the neck.
(We do not offer a truss rod that is adjustable in two directions, such rods are not necessary in properly designed and
constructed necks.) The Pro rod is not anchored at either end, it is free floating within
the neck and all the compression forces are exerted on the metal rod, not the neck. Only the backward motion of the rod is
transmitted into the neck to counteract the pull of the guitar strings. The seasonal adjustments needed by most vintage
rod necks are minimized with the Pro design.
The Double Expanding Truss Rod for Warmoth Guitar Necks
The double rod is installed directly under the fretboard in a straight trench approximately 3/8" deep. A long adjusting nut is used to
focus the truss action away from the unmovable heel joint.
When flexed in the neck, resulting pressures are shown above. The blue arrows show the two rod ends exerting high downward forces while
the middle pushes up uniformly. The resulting neck movement shown with the yellow arrow, determines string action height and corresponding relief.
The force exerted by the tail 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. This becomes a concern only when thinning a neck beyond factory engineered dimensions.
Benefits of the double expanding truss rod
- Extremely stable, no seasonal adjustments are necessary
- Increased mass = longer sustain, cleaner and clearer notes
- No end to end wood compression to eventually distort the neck
- Top adjusting on 13° Angled necks
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.
Available Options for Baritone 28-5/8" Telecaster® Replacement Necks
Click on the for more information about that option.
Right Handed Reverse
59 roundback [$35.00]
No Mounting Holes [$15.00]
Standard 4 Bolt
Black Corian [$25.00]
Earvana Black Corian [$65.00]
Earvana GraphTech Black TUSQ XL [$69.00]
Earvana GraphTech White TUSQ [$69.00]
GraphTech Black TUSQ XL [$30.00]
GraphTech White TUSQ XL [$30.00]
No Nut Install
R3 Floyd Prep, Shelf Only [$45.00]
R3 Floyd Prep, w/ Mounting Holes [$45.00]
R4 Floyd Prep, Shelf Only [$45.00]
R4 Floyd Prep, w/ Mounting Holes [$45.00]
White Corian [$25.00]
White Corian Earvana Comp. Nut [$65.00]
Gotoh/Grover (13/32", 11/32")
Vintage Style (11/32")
.118" X .058"
.095" X .045"
.106" X .036"
.103" X .046"
.080" X .037"
.095" X .047"
.108" X .051"
.080" X .043"
.110" X .057"
.104" X .047"
.104" X .047"
.110" X .057"
No Frets, Slots Only
$85.00 - Maple Necks with Maple Fingerboards (Entire neck will be finished)
$75.00 - Maple Necks with non-maple Fingerboards (No finish on the fingerboard)
$105.00 - Non-Maple necks (No finish on the fingerboard)
$75.00 - Maple Necks with Maple Fingerboards (Entire neck will be finished)
$65.00 - Maple Necks with non-maple Fingerboards (No finish on the fingerboard)
$95.00 - Non-Maple necks (No finish on the fingerboard)
Vintage Tint Gloss or Satin
$105.00 - Maple Necks with Maple Fingerboards (Entire neck will be finished)
$95.00 - Maple Necks with non-maple Fingerboards (No finish on the fingerboard)
$125.00 - Non-Maple necks (No finish on the fingerboard)