To those thinking about their first Warmoth:

SDbass

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Do it!!!! --BUT...

Be patient.

Look at every single guitar, AND every single bass (even ones you DON'T like).  Look at every single page of the website.  Every piece of Unique choice wood for every guitar and every bass.  Maybe not every single unfinished, top routed alder strat body ;) but just about... You cannot possibly take in too much. 

Very important:  look at every guitar in the gallery on the Warmoth site and this site and EBAY!  Look at other custom made guitars from random companies and luthiers.  Especially fender style ones, but don't limit how much inspiration you take in.

If you have a bias, like hating rosewood or loving pickguards, look at guitars that you DIDN'T think you would like.  Expand your horizon. 

Figure out what specs you want--be 100% sure, or as close as you can come.  I mean, there's aways room for build 2... but hey, go try a PRS with P90s.  Try a tele with active EMGs.  Whatever you can find, be creative!  Try and nail down something that speaks to you personally.

Once you nail that down, think hard about how you envision your axe looking.  There are programs called Kisekae that will take hours away from your life :D but you'll come away with a vision. Or ideas.  Or both.

Figure out your vision, and then look hard at this forum and others and get ideas hardware-wise (there are TONS of guitar forums where people have asked about every random piece of hardware on Earth.)

Ask the Warmoth guys if you're stuck or need guidance.  They've been around the block many times and were HUGE for me in planning my bass.

Finally, be patient.  It takes time.  There's always those little things you never even considered that might set you back a week, or more.  No stress.  In the end, when it's all PERFECT for YOU, you won't care one bit.

And that's the big thing I wanted to say with what was otherwise a pretty unhelpful thread...  :tard:

My first Warmoth is very near completion (Read: two days)  and now that I have everything in front of me, all I can say is WOW.  WOW.  WOW.

Oh yeah, also, WOW.  I followed my own advice, I've seen every Warmoth from here to Kalamazoo, and I like mine best.  Because its MINE.  I see some that I think are butt-ugly, but you know what?  The guy who built it probably feels the same about his as I do about mine.  That's the important thing.  Who cares what I think?  If you all hated my guitar it wouldn't change my opinion of it one bit.

So don't worry about your first build not shaping up right.  If you learn as much as you can, and let your mind be open to new ideas, you'll end up as happy as I am.  GUARANTEED.

Pics soon, of course :D  I can't wait. Thank you Warmoth.  From a purely looks perspective, (until Saturday :D :D) I am ECSTATIC with your product.  As they say if it sounds half as good as it looks... well to be honest, if it sounds a tenth as good as it looks, its a tone monster. 

And thank you all on this board.  Your help was indirect in my case, but invaluable nonetheless.
 

blue313

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Warmoth parts are really some top notch stuff.  Glad to hear this is coming out so well for you, and am looking forward to those pics :icon_thumright:
 

dbw

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Know the showcase.  Love the showcase.  Be the showcase.  Even if you're going to custom order, the showcase can give you a good idea of how things are going to end up looking.
 

Superlizard

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SDbass said:
Do it!!!! --BUT...

Be patient.

Look at every single guitar, AND every single bass (even ones you DON'T like).  Look at every single page of the website.  Every piece of Unique choice wood for every guitar and every bass.  Maybe not every single unfinished, top routed alder strat body ;) but just about... You cannot possibly take in too much. 

Very important:  look at every guitar in the gallery on the Warmoth site and this site and EBAY!  Look at other custom made guitars from random companies and luthiers.  Especially fender style ones, but don't limit how much inspiration you take in.

If you have a bias, like hating rosewood or loving pickguards, look at guitars that you DIDN'T think you would like.  Expand your horizon. 

Figure out what specs you want--be 100% sure, or as close as you can come.  I mean, there's aways room for build 2... but hey, go try a PRS with P90s.  Try a tele with active EMGs.  Whatever you can find, be creative!  Try and nail down something that speaks to you personally.

Once you nail that down, think hard about how you envision your axe looking.  There are programs called Kisekae that will take hours away from your life :D but you'll come away with a vision. Or ideas.  Or both.

Figure out your vision, and then look hard at this forum and others and get ideas hardware-wise (there are TONS of guitar forums where people have asked about every random piece of hardware on Earth.)

Ask the Warmoth guys if you're stuck or need guidance.  They've been around the block many times and were HUGE for me in planning my bass.

Finally, be patient.  It takes time.  There's always those little things you never even considered that might set you back a week, or more.  No stress.  In the end, when it's all PERFECT for YOU, you won't care one bit.

And that's the big thing I wanted to say with what was otherwise a pretty unhelpful thread...  :tard:

My first Warmoth is very near completion (Read: two days)  and now that I have everything in front of me, all I can say is WOW.  WOW.  WOW.

Oh yeah, also, WOW.  I followed my own advice, I've seen every Warmoth from here to Kalamazoo, and I like mine best.  Because its MINE.  I see some that I think are butt-ugly, but you know what?  The guy who built it probably feels the same about his as I do about mine.  That's the important thing.  Who cares what I think?  If you all hated my guitar it wouldn't change my opinion of it one bit.

So don't worry about your first build not shaping up right.  If you learn as much as you can, and let your mind be open to new ideas, you'll end up as happy as I am.  GUARANTEED.

Pics soon, of course :D  I can't wait. Thank you Warmoth.  From a purely looks perspective, (until Saturday :D :D) I am ECSTATIC with your product.  As they say if it sounds half as good as it looks... well to be honest, if it sounds a tenth as good as it looks, its a tone monster. 

And thank you all on this board.  Your help was indirect in my case, but invaluable nonetheless.

You forgot "build left-handed guitars to show the The Right Hand Man who's boss"...
 

dbw

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Pay no attention to the lefties!  (Say, where is willyk lately?  :icon_scratch:)  Build 'em for righties and play like Dick Dale.  That way I can come over to your house and play your guitars :D
 

SDbass

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Superlizard said:
You forgot "build left-handed guitars to show the The Right Hand Man who's boss"...

I got it! Hold a mirror next to your computer so all the righty guitars look lefty!
 
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guitlouie

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I love your enthusiasm, SDbass,  I feel the same way even after completing two Warmoth assemblies.  It is going to be a while before I can do another, but in the meantime, I wait, and plan, and plan and wait.  And plan, and plan and plan....
 

dbw

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guitlouie said:
I love your enthusiasm, SDbass
What the f*ck are we, a cheerleading squad?  Gimme a W gimme an A gimme an R...

Just kidding Louie :)  :icon_jokercolor:
 

-CB-

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Blue313 said:
Warmoth parts are really some top notch stuff. 

You are completely wrong~ <smiles>

In fact, Warmoth products are the top notch stuff, and all else aspire to be as good, especially the necks. 

Really... those necks of theirs are quite a cut above even the Fender factory stuff.

 
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