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Mick Reid

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Feb 24th, 2017 12:26 AM        

I have another thread specifically about a possible tele project, but this is a more general question about Warmoth necks...<br /> <br /> Is there much to do to these necks in the way of fret dressing (ends, levelling etc.) or are they pretty much "plug & play"?<br /> <br /> I'd order one unfinished but with a nut, so I expect to clean my lacquer off the frets and fine tune the nut slots and so on.<br /> Will I need to do much more, generally speaking?<br /> <br /> I can do if needed, I'm just trying to align my expectations.<br /> <br /> Thanks



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Feb 24th, 2017 04:47 AM        

They're top of the line.<br /> <br />



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Feb 24th, 2017 05:59 AM        

I've had one built to my specs a couple years ago - unfinished. It is an excellent neck and I didn't have to do anything but bolt it to the body. Pics in my profile. <br /> <br /> My finish of choice was tung oil. <br /> <br /> I plan to build a matching Tele. <br /> <br /> Very happy Warmoth customer.



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Feb 24th, 2017 06:39 AM        

Currently have 2, sold another off recently. Nothing but good experience with Warmoth. I also have 2 Allparts and a Musikraft that I equally like.



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Feb 24th, 2017 08:49 AM        

I bought one of their "off the shelf - sale price" Strat necks a few years ago.<br /> Ended up selling the Strat I bought it for, but liked the neck so much that I used it for a Tele project.<br /> <br /> The only thing I've ever done with that neck is a truss rod adjustment when I first installed it. <br /> It came with a pre-installed Corian nut. I told them I played 10's and they did the initial cuts.<br /> I never even had to touch the nut.<br /> The frets were perfect.<br /> <br /> That Tele is still one of my favorite guitars to play.<br />



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Feb 24th, 2017 10:20 AM        

My experience with all aftermarket necks is that they all need a little something. Fret ends, a high fret or two, truss rod for sure once you mount it and string it up. The nut is a given for sure.<br /> <br /> Every once in a while you get a real gem you don't have to touch. I'm extremely picky with setup however.



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Feb 24th, 2017 02:43 PM        

Areed. I always level the frets, profile the fret ends, and polish 'em up.<br /> <br /> Warmoth necks are top of the line. You don't have to do anything to 'em, but that's just me.



Mick Reid

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Feb 24th, 2017 02:45 PM        

Thanks guys. All very positive as I expected.<br /> <br /> I don't I've ever heard a bad word about Warmoth.<br /> May have to pull the trigger on one this afternoon :^)



ejm



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Feb 24th, 2017 05:32 PM        

Disclaimer: I have never bought one. I have looked into it, but have not forked over the $ yet.<br /> <br /> That said, a couple of comments. (If I'm incorrect, let me know.)<br /> <br /> Tuner holes: They do the holes for the tuners you specify, BUT they will not do the holes for the mounting screws or the guide/stabilizer pins. Not a big deal (probably). You could use a drill press, or a hand drill, or a pin vise/drill bit combo. I'd imagine that the same is true for the string trees.<br /> <br /> Nut: It says on their web site that they cut the nut slots after installing the nut, so that it mates up with the neck radius, fret sizes, etc.<br /> <br /> Fret ends: Their site says that they bevel them to 30 degrees standard, or will leave them unfinished if you specify it.<br /> <br /> That's about all I can see that may present a minor problem.<br />



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Feb 24th, 2017 06:31 PM        

I've got one Warmoth neck that came with a nut and I just put it on the guitar and played. The others all got the fingerboard rolled, the fret ends cleaned up a little and the frets leveled and polished. The ones I worked on play better but I think it's the fret polishing more than anything else. Shiny stainless frets are a beautiful thing. <br /> They do a pretty good job on the nuts as well. I didn't do anything to the one I have and it plays fine.



FunkyKikuchiyo



VT

Feb 24th, 2017 06:49 PM        

The frets needing or not needing a leveling is hit or miss. They're cranked out like anything else in a factory with a really good method, but not much QC is done afterward, nor is it reasonable to expect of them perfectly level frets without the normal level/crown/polish process.<br /> <br /> For the fret ends, they'll be fine upon shipping, but they are made in Puyallup, Washington which is near Tacoma. So, it is a relatively humid climate. I'd throw it back to you to see how guitar necks do going from a more humid US climate down to Oz.<br /> <br /> The nuts are fabricated on a home made bench top CNC and considering that they leave without ever having strings on them you can't expect anything better. That said, since you have a set of nut files you'll probably want to nudge a few slots down and clean them up. If you didn't have any, a little sand paper would do nicely, and you'd just have a slightly high nut.



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Feb 24th, 2017 08:15 PM        

FunkyK, you used to work there, din'cha?<br /> <br />



littleuch

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Feb 24th, 2017 08:21 PM        

^that's what I've been d'doocin'



Mick Reid

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Feb 24th, 2017 09:09 PM        

Thanks for additional info FunkyK.<br /> <br /> Now for my next question...<br /> <br /> I'm considering SS frets, but concerned *if* I have to do any work on the frets, whether my files will hold up to the challenge.<br /> <br /> And, being a compound radius, if my skills are also up to the challenge. I have radius blocks and would have to get additional levelling blocks or diamond block files to do a compound.<br /> <br /> Maybe I'm over-thinking the whole thing...<br />



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Feb 24th, 2017 09:48 PM        

I visited Warmoth's facility in the early days at Ken's invitation. They had a great team working there and quality with detail was admirable. I believe they have maintained this tradition till this day. My recent purchases have all been great.



FunkyKikuchiyo



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Feb 24th, 2017 10:32 PM        

"I'm considering SS frets, but concerned *if* I have to do any work on the frets, whether my files will hold up to the challenge."<br /> <br /> They will. If you do it a lot they'll wear out prematurely, but once or twice won't kill any tool except for clippers. Flush ground clippers can get gnarled up in no time.<br /> <br /> Regarding the radius, I'd just stick to a flat block and dodge the issue.<br /> <br /> "FunkyK, you used to work there, din'cha?"<br /> <br /> There are rumors to that effect.



Mick Reid

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Feb 24th, 2017 11:02 PM        

Cheers FK!



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Feb 25th, 2017 09:31 AM        

I take a shortcut every now and then and buy a neck rather than build one for certain projects. I will always use Warmoth. <br /> Whether the neck is going to need leveling, or additional fret end dressing is a matter of personal expectation. From my perspective unless you buy a PRS, a Taylor, a Martin and a few other higher priced guitars, every neck needs work. I just spent three hours doing a Fender Custom Shop Strat with sharp fret ends and I've spent longer time than that on a new $4000 Gibson.<br /> In my experience with Warmoth, the quality of materials and the craftsmanship has always been awesome.<br /> I just had the opportunity to see a guitar that I built in 2004 come back to me two owners later for a setup. It was a tele that had a Warmoth Boat neck with stainless steel vintage size frets that I had finished in nitro. The leveling and dressing that I did was still perfect and the trussrod operated perfectly with minimal effort. I couldn't fault the neck, or its stability in any way. It all comes down to the selection of wood and the manufacturing process. Wood selection is a skill that they have down right at Warmoth and that is what I feel I'm paying for and its worth it.



Mick Reid

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Feb 25th, 2017 02:49 PM        

Well, I hit the "order" button last night!<br /> <br /> Nothin' fancy.<br /> 24.75" Conversion Tele neck; Maple/Maple; Tusq std nut; 6150 nickel frets; no finish.<br /> <br /> A good project to look forward to after recovery from some upcoming surgery this week.<br /> <br /> Thanks for all your input guys! Oh, and your 'enabling' ;^)<br />



catnineblue



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Feb 25th, 2017 10:26 PM        

I've only looked at them on their site. All their bodies and necks look top rate. <br /> <br /> It's also true the any wood is going to change depending on the climate where you live. <br /> <br /> Got some maple neck blanks from Stew Mac in Ohio and looked fine when arrived I let them sit for at least a year before using one and it changed and was a perfect flat sawn. It bowed a bit end to end and in a way told me which side would be the finger board side.



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