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Warmoth Custom Guitar Parts February 2013
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Sugar Pine Bodies

Sugar Pine

It looks different, sounds different, and smells different. It's Sugar Pine! And we have a limited stock of them in Tele, Strat, and Jazzcaster body styles.

Some of the original electric guitars were made out of pine. To meet the production needs of the day, they switched to Swamp Ash and then Alder. There are some who claim that pine brings out that original tone better than any other wood. Listen to some of the videos on YouTube and you might just agree.

What makes Sugar Pine so special? It has a true vintage tone. And, the unfinished bodies that we've carved are averaging between 3 and 4 pounds. These provide a super lightweight body.

Sugar Pine has character. The grain looks like you would expect from pine. There are even a few with "big 'ol knots" right on the top where everyone can see. You might think we'd paint those, but we didn't. Why cover character! A few of the bodies have been finished. Most are as raw and scented as you might expect.

There are several forums talking about pine. Check out this one on The Gear Page. Once you have one in your hands, add to the thread of comments.

For a light weight body with unique character and great tone, plus great smell, consider Sugar Pine. It won't stay on our shelves for long. We'd rather have them in your hands anyway.

View our In Stock Sugar Pine guitar bodies

Star Artist - Jerry Cortez

Jerry Cortez

Who provides unwavering rock-steady groove and conviction night after night for one of the baddest bands and rhythm sections to ever come out of Oakland California? That would be Jerry Cortez with Tower of Power!

On the band's last stop through the Pacific Northwest, Jerry was gracious enough to tell Warmoth his story. It begins with how he went from a young boy falling asleep at a Grateful Dead concert to touring the world with Warmoth products in hand.

"Every time I picked one of those [Warmoth guitars] up I was like, 'Why don't I own one of these?'"

Read the rest of the interview to hear how he first learned about Warmoth

Baritone Conversion Necks

Baritone Necks

You've heard the sound, but wondered what it would play like. You read about it in forums like TDPRI, The Gear Page, and Harmony Central. Now you're ready to become a convert...to a Baritone Conversion Neck.

Over the years, the popularity of the baritone's sound has grown from being a background instrument in the studio to a main gigging one. Today, you hear it in country, jazz, metal, alternative, and indie rock. Robert Smith, with The Cure, and others have brought the baritone guitar to the front of the stage. George Lynch, John Petrucci, Mike Mushok, Joe Perry, Pete Anderson, Brad Paisley, and James Hetfield have been seen on stage with baritones as well.

In addition to the cool sound, there are other additional reasons for converting.

First, it's an easy way to get a different sound out of your guitar. One customer described it as "a reverse capo" for guitar. Intervals stay the same between the strings. Thus, fingerings for chord forms, scale patterns, and licks remain the same as you've gotten used to. It just sounds deeper and lower. That deeper sound is due to the 28-5/8" scale length. Pitch-wise, baritones come in between a guitar and a bass. They are usually tuned B to B.

Second, baritones are a great way for guitar players to step into more of a bass player's stance. And, bass players can also shift into more of a guitar player role (Warmoth also offers Bass6 bodies and necks). It's a nice, neutral ground for both. For many players, the feel is like moving from an LP 24-3/4" or Mustang 24" scale length to a Strat or Tele 25-1/2" scale length. It takes a little getting used to, but feeling comfortable playing different scale lengths opens up a lot of options.

Third, the conversion is not too tough to do on your own. PremierGuitar magazine did a write up on baritone conversions in March of 2012. The article, "How to Convert Your Axe to a Baritone" even features a Warmoth baritone neck!

If it's time for you to do something different with your guitar, build a second guitar with a new sound, or you're wanting to move closer to a bass sound (or guitar sound if you are a bassist), now is the time to do it. Become a baritone convert with Warmoth.

View our In Stock Baritone Conversion Necks

Guitar Inlay Options Tool

Guitar Inlay Options Tool

Side dots and inlays provide a very useful way to find position on a guitar or bass neck. At Warmoth, we believe that function doesn't need to always look...well...functional. Personalize it!

Black or white side dots are standard issue. We also have Mother of Pearl and Abalone as options.

Black or cream face dots are great standards. A must for the complete vintage look. Or you can dress up your neck with abalone, mother of pearl, black mother of pearl, Arizona turquoise, azurite malachite, bloody basin jasper, or red coral stone markers.

Diamonds, ovals, blocks and trapezoids are popular fretboard inlay options available from Warmoth. In additional to these markers, you can also select from stars, shark fins, night swan, straight or Celtic crosses, or a skull and crossbones inlay patterns.

These inlay shapes are available in 25-1/2" and 24-3/4" scale Modern Construction and Vintage Modern guitar necks for $90. Colors available are synthetic pearl, jet black Corian, or bone colored Corian for the Skull & Cross Bones only. The inlay color will contrast with the fingerboard unless you specifically request otherwise.

Yes, we can mix some of the inlay patterns and we can omit some positions...for example, we can do the Skull & Cross Bones at the 12th fret only or double a diamond at the 12th, etc.

Vintage or dressed up, Warmoth is your place for function and personalization.

Click here to try out our new Guitar Inlay Options online tool

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