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The Shop

This has been our home since 1988. Basically a pole building with 2 floors and 8000 square feet.

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Service

The customer service area is home to our experienced guitar specialists.

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Staff

Here are two more of the sales staff hard at work.

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Front Office

In the front office, Sandy and Bob process shipping, maintain inventory and accounting, and check the orders before they go into production.

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Shipping

Shipping and packing is all done here in-house. The slide-out shelves in this custom-built table hold dozens of orders waiting to be packed.

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In Stock

We have a large selection of necks in stock. Most are not completed and are awaiting final customization.

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In Stock

Many bodies are stocked with standard routing configurations for quick delivery.

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Necks in Stock

These are the actual necks you see in our online showcase. Both necks and bodies from the showcase are kept close to the sales staff for easy access.

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Bodies in Stock

These are just some of the bodies in our showcase. Warmoth Trivia: If you stacked all these bodies up, the pile would be taller than a seven story building!

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The Wood Storage

Woods must be properly dried and seasoned to insure stability in use. This is our largest kiln. It can hold up to 5000 board feet.

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The Kiln

This is our smallest kiln, used primarily for fingerboards.

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Storage

What better than an old stainless steel tractor trailer for storage of shipping boxes?

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Exotic Woods

This mid-size kiln dries much of our special or exotic body and neck woods. It can hold up to 1000 board feet.

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Efficient Heating

The shop facility is heated by hot water that is circulated in the cement floors. This system avoids forced air movement which tends to unevenly dry woods in production.

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Body Woods

Body woods are inventoried in this mobile isle shelving unit. They are sorted by species, figure, weight, etc., so that we can find that "just right" piece for each project.

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Storage

This is an unheated storage unit where swamp ash and figured maple are stored in bulk because you've gotta buy it when you can find it.

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Storage

This is an unheated storage unit stocked with maple, rosewood, and a plethora of other exotic woods.

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Fingerboard Woods

We keep thousands of fingerboards on hand for use in production. We buy in bulk to keep the cost down.

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Maple Billets

We stock thousands of maple billets that are pre-dried and awaiting a custom application. Billets are usually 22" long, 7-8" wide, and 2 1/4" thick.

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Back Stock

This is just some of the back-stock of guitar body blanks. If you look closely on the left, you can see a stack of quilt maple for carved-tops that reaches to the ceiling!

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More Stock Wood

Here we have some mahogany body blanks, more quilt maple billets, and a huge stack of fingerboards in the back.

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Lam Tops

This is some of our reserve of figured maple and koa for laminate tops. At 1/8"and 1/4" thick, these stacks are enough wood for hundreds of bodies!

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Specialty Woods

A rack of miscellaneous specialty woods awaiting a project.

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Maple Neck Wood

The big pile that is always in the way and right in the middle of the floor. This pile of maple (for necks) is what we work from every day.

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Body Blanks

Body blanks are glued together on a flat fixture, and then held in place with bar clamps until dry.

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Swamp Ash

These are stacks of end-matched swamp ash waiting to be glued up into body blanks.

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Neck Machine

Like all the neck machines, this one was designed and built in-house. This particular machine is adjustable from 9" - 16" straight radius. The neck swings over a sanding belt to cut the radius.

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Neck Machine

Much development work was required by Jim Warmoth who designed this machine. The compound radius is accomplished here.

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Finerboard Radius

The fingerboard radius and fret slots are cut in a single fixturing on this, our vintage 7 1/4" radius machine.

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Bass Necks

Bass necks are radiused here with the same concept as the vintage machine - slotting and radiusing in one fixturing!

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Neck Scales

Necks with odd scales, white lined fretless bass necks, etc, are slotted one slot at a time in this custom tool. The saw slides on the top rails and indexes into an aluminum scale.

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Compound Radius

Compound radius necks are slotted in these gang saws. They feature 26 blades in each arbor that do the work with precision and speed.

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Fingerboards

Here we have our glue presses for clamping fingerboards. Lots of pressure and properly cambered forms all contribute to great necks.

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Sanding

Tooling marks from the CNC carved necks are all sanded smooth here.

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Frets

Frets are pressed in one at a time with this Arbor press. Many shoes are available and interchangeable on the press to match each neck precisely.

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Face Dots

Painstaking work - gluing and inserting face dots is hard work.

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Frets

Gel type superglue is used in the fret slots to hold the frets in. No lifted frets on Warmoth necks!

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Edge Radius

Edge radius is done with a combination of right and left hand rotation router motors to avoid blow-outs. That's right, left hand rotation routers!

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Scalloping

Scalloping is done on this homemade machine. Setup is slow, but once it's ready, the cutting is all done automatically. Then more slow hand sanding is done to clean it up.

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Custom Mill

This custom mill setup is used to install Floyd nuts, LSR's, etc. The jig centers the neck and references from the top of the fingerboard for precise installations.

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Lam Tops

Curved lam top bodies are glued up by first putting them in vacuum bags. These bags then go in the autoclave tank where the pressure is elevated to 100 psi.

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Lam Tops

Flat lam top bodies are clamped hydraulically in this fixture.

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Sanding

Dedicated sanding set-ups for doing precision contour sanding.

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Binding

Binding is always slow going work, but it's done with pride. Stick glue and sticky tape make it so much fun!

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Paint

An expert painter in his protective suit. Doesn't he look comfortable?

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Paint and Finishing

This "Christmas Tree" fixture is used to hold wet bodies while drying and prevent drips.

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Dying

To become an expert at wood dye coloring requires a lot of experience. Dye really brings out the best in figured maple.

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Finishing

Careful sanding is required to flatten the finish but not go through this very thin coating.

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Hardware

Hardware is imported directly from both Gotoh and Schaller. Overflow is stored in plastic tubs upstairs.

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Buffing

Steady and controlled movement through the 4 stages of buffing bring out the full gloss in these professional finishes.

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Hardware

Bin boxes galore! Hardware is spread all around the shipping room for quick pulling and assembly into a box...headed for your door. Thanks UPS!

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Pickups

We generally stock over 300 individual pickups from Seymour Duncan, Lace, and EMG. Hope we have the one you want!

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Pickguard

We have around $50,000 worth of pickguard plastic on hand awaiting your next project! This is just the daily working stock shown.

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Pickguard

Patterns for each pickguard design - right and left handed!

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Pickguard

Hundreds of pickguard blanks in common colors wait in our pickguard room for custom pickup and control routing.

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Pickguard

Pickguards are cut on this SCMI pin router with a custom built spindle (long skinny nose.)

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Routing

Here the Fadal CNC routs out a neck pocket on one of our Gecko bass bodies. The red handle controls the vacuum that holds the body down during machining.

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Routing

Almost all our body routing is accomplished by this heavy duty machine. We purchased this in 1998. This machine features a 24hp, 15,000 rpm spindle.

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Routing

Our good ol' two head SCMI CNC router is operated by a Seimens 810 control. We've had this work horse since 1988! It's capable of cutting two parts simultaneously.

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Routing

Back contours are consistent and precise using our CNC machines.

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Router

This small Standard Router features a home-built rotary head with 6 tools. It's used primarily for slotting, dotting, custom inlay work, etc. on fingerboards.

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String Nuts

This tiny MiniTech CNC is used to cut string nuts for our necks. It features a custom-made two-spindle head and uses software designed in-house to make nuts from each neck's measurements.

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Saw

36" wheels enable this old saw to cut just about anything, including these huge blocks of exotic koa!

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Planer

4" wide Delta planer with a carbide, Helical cut, Newman/Whitney head. Gives a great cut even on birdseye and other wild grained woods.

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Jointer

Delta, 16" wide jointer with custom Tersa cutterhead for easy & fast knife changes.

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Small Saw

This small saw is used to cut most of our neck and body blanks to shape.

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Sanding

36" wide belt Sanding Master for precise thickness sanding.

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Routing

Onsrud heavy-duty over-arm router used for specialty routing on bodies.

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Routing

SCMI over-arm router used in the neck shop for miscellaneous operations.

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Milling

This is an ancient horizontal milling machine which has been customized to thickness neck pegheads.

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Table Saw

Aah the tablesaw...standard woodshop machinery.

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Angled Necks

This machine makes extremely precise cuts for superior scarf joints on our angled peghead necks.

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Lathe

We build jigs and fixtures and repair all the shop equipment in our own machine shop. This big Clausing lathe with a new inverter drive is real sweet.

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Radial Saw

Ahh...the radial arm saw. More standard woodshop machinery.

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Mill

We develop a lot of our own fixtures. We machine some of the parts in house on this mill.

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Mill

We use this Jet Mill to make some of the smaller parts for our fixtures.

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Truss Rods

Welding truss rod assemblies - yes we make our own truss rods!