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December 2016 Guitar of the Month contest!

This is a special Runners Up contest for all those who missed out - some in a very close shave! The winner will qualify for the 2016 Guitar of the Year contest coming up in January!

As usual, discussion about the submissions can take place below.

Please do not post replies that show additional photos of the entrant's guitars but links to other UnofficialWarmoth threads or external sites are fine.

Good luck, and may the best guitar/bass win!


Guitar #1 Updown

Body ...
Alder (Solid)
Rear Rout H x H
Contoured Heel
High Grade Quilt Maple Top
Black Dye finish on Top
Black Gloss on the Back
Black Burst on Edges.

Tone Pros Recessed TOM - Angled Strings
Chrome Top & Bottom Ferrels
Bare Knuckles, Mule (Neck) Chrome Humbucker                                                                     
Bare Knuckles, Abraxas (Bridge) Chrome Humbucker
Metal Black Hum Rings
3 Way Switch with Chrome Tip
2 x 500K CTS Pots 
Orange Drop Capacitor
1 x Vol, 1 x Tone
Heavy Knurled Knobs

Neck ...
Vintage Modern
Pau Ferro
Ebony Fretboard
SS Frets SS6115
1 11/16" Nut width
Graph Tech Black TUSQ Nut
10 -16" Compound Radius,
Standard Thin Neck
Mother Of Pearl Dot Inlay
Sperzel Lok Tuners
Custom Dougie Neck Plate




Guitar #2 rambleon

Warmoth vintage/ modern maple neck with rosewood fretboard, cream markers. Clear satin finish.
9.5" radius with 1 11/16" wide nut.
Schaller staggered locking tuners, matte finish.

Warmoth custom routed body with white binding.
Finish at top - Matte camouflage green acrylic spray paint with a couple of matte acrylic clear coats.
Finish at back and sides - Mahogany gel stain with a couple of matte acrylic clear coats.
Parchment 3 ply pickguard.
TV Jones Power'tron and Power'tron Plus.
Callaham bridge with intonated brass saddles.
Bigsby B-50




Guitar #3 Verne Bunsen

Warmoth Strat Body
Black Korina on Alder
Tobacco Burst on the front, Transparent Brown on back
Callaham Vintage Bridge/Trem Assembly
Hand-wound pickups with tapped bridge
5-Way Super Switch gives switching as follows:
1) Full (overwound) Bridge, rear tone
2) Tapped (wound equal to middle/neck pickups) Bridge + Middle, forward tone
3) Middle, forward tone
4) Middle + Neck, forward tone
5) Neck, forward tone
0.047uf cap on rear tone, 0.22uf cap on forward tone

Fender American Standard Strat Neck
Maple with Rosewood fretboard
Schaller locking tuners




Guitar #4 lafromla1

Warmoth Regal
Wood: Quilted maple top/maple body (solid)
Ivoroid Binding
Pure Tung Oil Finish
Butcher’s Wax

Warmoth Regal
Neck Wood: Birdseye Maple
Fingerboard: Indian Rosewood
Ivoroid Binding
Neck Inserts added
Graphtech Black TUSQ XL nut
Nut Width: 1-11/16"
Back Shape: Standard thin
Fret Size: 6130
Radius: 10-16" Compound
Scale: 24-3/4”
Pure Tung Oil Finish
Butcher’s Wax

Pieces and parts:
Seymour Duncan Whole Lotta Humbucker set
Sigler Music custom Gibson Les Paul Jimmy Page Wiring Harness with Bourns 500K Pots
21 tone wiring (push-pull volume and tone controls)
Gotoh Tune O Matic Bridge and Stop Tail piece, gold
Schaller Mini Locking Tuners, gold
Custom painted ‘Peacock Feather” truss rod cover (painted by my daughter)
Custom Neck Plate



July - 2 qualifying runners-up

Guitar #5 Twanking45

Warmoth Velocity (flat-faced, not contoured. w/Forearm, belly and neck access cuts)
Wood: unique choice flame maple top, swamp ash core (chambered)
Natural Masked binding
Warmoth-applied black-yellow burst front and back

Type: Modern Tele
Neck Wood: quarter-sawn roasted maple
Fingerboard: quarter-sawn roasted maple
Abalone dots
Nut: Graphtech white TUSQ Earvana
Nut Width: 1- 5/8
Neck profile: Standard thin
Fret Size: SS6150
Radius: 10-16" Compound
Finish: satin

Electrics and Parts:
Dimarzio Chopper T (bridge)
Lace Sensor Light Blue (neck)
Vol (500k), Tone (250k, push-pull that taps bridge)
Knobs by Q-Parts
Gotoh Tele bridge
Sperzel locking



Guitar #6 Vetteman

Warmoth satin finished maple 21 fret Strat neck
-Vintage tuners, 6105 fret wire

Warmoth Butterscotch Blonde alder Thinline Tele body
-no f hole, 720 mod to Strat pocket
-Supervee Bladerunner Strat tremolo
-TV Jones Supertron pickups
-reversed control plate with Strat knobs




Guitar #7 Swarfrat

Warmoth chambered Black Korina strat, tung oil finish
Warmoth roast maple baritone fatback neck with GD6100 gold frets, ebony fingerboard
Wilkinson VS100 tremolo
GFS Memphis humbuckers
Roland GK2




Guitar #8 shaps6

"Nutcracker" Tele

Warmoth figured walnut lam top and solid magogany body, with tummy cut and neck contour.

The neck is a USACG unfinished roasted maple neck with an asymmetrical profile, rosewood fretboard, and abalone dot inlays inlays.
Guitar features locking tuning heads and my signature etched onto the neckplate (which is why it's blocked out)

I wanted as much tonal versatility as possible, so I equipped her with a Bareknuckle Mule neck HB and '55 Staggered bridge pickup.  The neck pickup is wired to a a push/push volume pot which switches the HB coils between series/parallel.  The tone pot is also a push/push.  When in neutral position, it functions as a regular tone. But, when activated, it functions as a "mini-tone," which rolls off only a bit of top end at a slightly different frequency.

Finishing and wiring were done for me by Matt at 30th Street Guitars in NYC




Guitar #9 stratamania

Natural Ash Tea Stained Tele.

Construction: Solid
Neck Pocket: Tele® Shape
Wood: Extra Light One Piece Swamp Ash
Orientation: Right handed
Control Rout: Top Rout
Pickups: T-X-T
Bridge Rout: Tele® Bridge
Input Jack Rout: 7/8" (22mm) Side Jack Hole Jack
Scale: 25-1/2"
Weight: 3lbs., 11oz.

Wood: Birdseye Maple Neck Wood/Indian Rosewood Fingerboard
Orientation: Right Handed
Nut Width: 1-5/8"
Nut: Graphtech XL Earvana
Back Contour: 59 roundback
# of Frets: 22
Frets: 6100 SS
Radius: 10-16" Compound
Inlay: Cream Face Dots
Side Dots: White Side Dots
Scale: 25-1/2"

Body: Satin Nitro, with Tea used as a stain for the One piece Ash Body.
Neck: Headstock Satin Nitro and Neck Shaft Tru Oil.
Both Finished by myself.

Tuners, Hipshot Open Gear Locking Tuners
Pickups, Seymour Duncan Vintage Noisless, 4 Way selector and powerboost wiring.
Bridge, Gotoh.
Dunlop Dual Design Strap Loks




Guitar #10 BigSteve22

The Jazz Baron
(For my Guitar Teacher, Mr. Dave Baron)

Flame Maple on Chambered Black Korina
H-X-H Top Rout
Standard JM Bridge and Tailpiece Routs
Clear Gloss Finish, Front and Back Applied by Warmoth

Jazzmaster, Modern Construction
Traditional 21 Fret
Pao Ferro on Flame Maple
Clapton Soft-V Profile
10"-16" Compound Fret Board Radius
SS6105 Frets
1-11/16", White, GraphTech TUSQ XL, Nut
MOP Dot Inlays w/ White Side Dots
Custom Headstock Decal - My Design, Mfg. by Rothko & Frost
Minwax Satin Lacquer Finish Applied by Me
Fret & Nut Setup by Cagey

Warmoth Jazzmaster Nitro Tortoise Pickguard
H-X-H w/ Std Pot Locations, Custom, Upper & Lower Horn, Switch Locations
Gotoh SGS510Z, 18:1, Tuners w/ X-Chrome Finish & Tortoise Buttons (Factory Custom Order)
Mastery Bridge and Thimbles
Faction Guitars S/S Hard Tail Conversion Plate Custom Engraved by Dangerous R6 Design Courtesy of:
Chrome Neck Plate w/ Spacer My Design Custom Engraved by Dangerous R6
Q-Parts Dome Knobs Chrome, w/ Acrylic Tortoise Inserts
Planet Waves Elliptical Strap Buttons
Black P/U Adjustment & Pickguard Screws
Ernie Ball Hybrid Slinky Strings (At least for now)

Seymour Duncan P-Rail Pickups w/ White Plastic HB Covers
Electroswitch, 4-Way Rotary Mode Selector
Available Options- P-90, Series HB, Parallel HB, Rail
Switchcraft, 3-Way P/U Selector
CTS, DPDT, 500K Push/Pull Pots Wired for 500K/250K and .010uf/.033uf options
.001uf/150K Treble By-Pass
Orange Drop Caps
Metal Foil and Carbon Comp. Resistors
Full Copper Foil Shielding Body Cavity and Pickguard
Switchcraft Output Jack



Good luck to all.

For those who may want to see the build thread and more photos of the tea stained tele here is the link.
That was the hardest decision I've had to make for GOTM all year. I managed to pick one though!
Nice walk down memory lane here, I remember drooling over many of these! Best of luck to all!

For anyone interested, Tobacco Burst Black Korina Strat build thread here:
I voted. Another handful of beautiful instruments. Great work to all.
Hot damn, a second bite at the apple! This contest is just jam packed with guitar goodness, gonna take some thought before my vote is cast.

For anyone interested, here's a link to some pix and the story behind my Jazz Baron build.;topicseen

Good luck to all!
And the winner is...


Many congratulations to rambleon and thanks to all for the great entries!

Guitar of the Year next month...
Nice one!  All the guitars are great but I confess I like that tele the best  :headbang:
Beautiful job, Rambleon. That's a well-deserved win. Congrats. :icon_thumright:
Thanks everyone! I have to confess, I haven't logged on in a while and this is definitely an unexpected honor! I've worked on a couple of builds since but haven't had the time to post them yet...will do that asap!