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December 2019 Guitar of the Month contest!

This is a special Runners-Up contest for all those who just missed out on the top spot - some in a very close shave! The winner will qualify for the 2019 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 Celtikaos

Warmoth chambered Telecaster
Roasted swamp ash on black korina
pickup route: humbucker,none,tele
Bridge: Tele bridge
contours: tummy cut, contoured heel, forearm contour

Finish by MJT in closet clean shoreline gold with checkings

Warmoth Modern construction
Neck wood: Wenge
Fingerboard wood: Figured Ziricote, unique choice FB2805
Nut width: 1-11/16
back shape: SRV
fret size: SS6150
Radius: 10-16 Compound
Pre-cut installed string nut: Graphtech black TUSQ XL
Inlays: cream face dots
Side Dots: White side dots

Bareknuckle Flat 50 Tele bridge
Bareknuckle The Mule humbucker neck

Gotoh mini locking tuners
Gotoh 6-saddle LH Tele bridge
920d prewired plate with concentric pots and split for neck pickup
Mint pickguard
Graphtech black TUSQ XL string trees




Guitar #2 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 #3 new-killer-star

This is my warmoth jaguar which is setup halfway between a jaguar and a jazzmaster. I've gotten rid of the jaguar switches and replaced them with a modified jazzmaster wiring with series / parallel switching and PTB tone knobs.

Swamp Ash showcase body
Simple 2 color dark / light wipe on finish

High Grade flame roasted maple neck from showcase
Sperzel open back locking tuners
6150 SS frets

Hardware + Electronics:
Righteous Sound Ninja 90 (noiseless p90)
Rothstein STB super mod jazzmaster wiring harness: series/parallel switching dual volumes and PTB tone modified to fit in a jaguar
Stainless steel pickup selector
Pearloid warmoth pickguard
Mastery Bridge + Tremolo




Guitar #4 RoboNarples

Model: Chambered Carved Top Regal
Orientation: Right handed
Scale: 25-1/2"
Wood: Flame Maple / Maple on Mahogany
Rout: Rear Rout
Bridge: TOM/STP, Angled Pocket
Jack Rout: 7/8" (22mm) Side Jack Hole
Neck Pocket: Strat® Shape
Mounting Holes: Standard 4 Bolt
Contours: Contoured Heel
Binding: Ivoroid Binding
Top Finish: Tropicana Tilt Fade
Back Finish: Clear
Finish Type: Gloss Finish

Style: Stratocaster
Construction: Modern Construction
Orientation: Right Handed
Neck Wood: Quartersawn Goncalo Alves
Fingerboard Wood: Goncalo Alves
Nut Width: 1-11/16"
Back Shape: 59 Roundback
Fret Size: 6150
Tuner Ream: Gotoh/Grover (13/32" 11/32")
Radius: Compound
Scale: 25-1/2"
Fret #: 22
Mounting Holes: Standard 4 Bolt
Pre-Cut Installed String Nut: GraphTech Black TUSQ XL - Standard Nut
Inlays: Cream Face Dots
Side Dots: White Side Dots
Finish: None

Neck Pickup: EMG 81
Bridge Pickup: EMG 85
Bridge: Gotoh Tune O Matic Bridge, Chrome
Stop Piece: Gotoh Stop Tail Piece, Chrome
Tuners: Gotoh Magnum Lock Traditional 6-In-Line



Guitar #5 Robin Joseph Leon

Warmoth Telecaster Thinline 72 body

Routed for middle pickup,dual input and battery box myself
Flame Maple Top
Mahogany body
Tigers Eye dye finish
Tobacco Burst back finish
Natural Masked binding

Graphtech piezo saddles

Warmoth Modern Stratocaster maple neck
Wizard Thin shape
Clear Satin Nitro Finish
6105 frets
GraphTech Black TUSQ XL nut
Black dot inlays
Chrome Fender Locking tuners (with brass bushings)

Selfmade black matte HSS ’72 Thinline pickguard
Seymour Duncan JB Trembucker bridge pickup
Seymour Duncan Classic Stack plus middle pickup
Seymour Duncan Duckbucker neck pickup

6 (!) way Oak Grigsby switch (added lowest setting is bridge + neck)
2 Fender TBX tone pots, one wired to neck and one to brigde
Push/Push volume pot for series/parallel neck
Built in Seymour Duncan triple shot for bridge pickup
Dual inputs, one for piezo, one for electric signal
Schaller strap locks

Hybrid hardware




Guitar #6 Vallhagen

Warmoth, Ebony on Goncalo Alves
Modern construction.
Routing for locking nut and headstock shaping (it was a strat head) by myself.
Compound radius, 6130 frets.

Warmoth Velocity
All body contours.
HSS routing
Trem routing by myself.

Lundgren Black Heaven bridge HB
Lundgren vintage 60-s middle and neck SC-s

Kahler 2710 "Killer"
Locking nut from ebay

My own design

Finish (body and headstock):
Belton spraycans; red(!) and clear.



Guitar #7 Dano

George Harrison Tele Look-alike (almost)

Rosewood Telecaster Body
-Rosewood with Maple center laminate body purchased from an individual in Brazil.
-Rough Finish and Routing by seller of Body.  Final sanding from 320 grit down to 0000 synthetic steel wool by owner.
-Finished by owner with multiple coats of hand rubbed Tru-Oil.
-Sanded / polished with sandpaper all the way down to 0000 steel wool between coats.
-Black 3-Ply Nylon Pickguard

Warmoth Indian Rosewood neck
-24-3/4" Gibson Scale Length Modification
-Modern Construction Neck (Truss Rod)
-6150 Jumbo SS Frets
-10" - 16" Compound Radius Neck
-Graphtech Black Tusk Nut XL Standard Nut
-Grover 505C 18:1 inline Locking Tuners

Electronics, etc.
-Seymour Duncan Lil' 59 Bridge Pickup
-Seymour Duncan Quarter Pounder Neck Pickup
-500k CTS Volume and Tone Potentiometers
-Russian PIO (Paper in Oil) 0.022uF Tone Capacitor
-Oak Grigsby 4-Way Blade – Bridge, Bridge + Neck, Neck, Bridge and Neck in Series)
-Switchcraft Output Jack
-Gotoh GTC202 Telecaster Guitar Bridge Tele Steel Saddles w screws - CHROME




Guitar #8 Old Яomans

Warmoth All Goncalo Alves CBS Modern Neck with Tusq nut and SS frets (Finished by Warmoth)
GFS Body and Surf 90's Pickups
(Body came finished in Mary Kay White with Gloss Clear)
Custom Goncalo Alves 'Mosrite-style" Pickguard; owner finished in Tru-Oil
Custom Goncalo Alves Rear cover with magnets; owner finished in Tru-Oil
Custom Maple Veneer Logo
Wilkinson hardware
Fender Vintage '65 knobs




Guitar #9 dawidge

Fretless Dinky J

Model: DinkyJ
Finish: General Finishes Orange Dye/Ebony Grain Filler/Minewax Wipe-on Satin
Orientation: Right handed
Wood: Swamp Ash
Bridge - Hipshot Kickass
Tuners - Hipshot
Pickups - EMG JHZ (passive)

Style: Jazz Bass
Construction: Vintage/Modern Construction
Orientation: Right Handed
Neck Wood:  Quartersawn Brazilian Ebony
Fingerboard Wood: Ebony
Nut Width: 1-1/2"
Back Shape: Standard
Frets: Lined Fretless
Tuner Ream: BML
Radius: Straight 10"
Fret #: 21
Mounting Holes: Standard 4 Bolt
String Nut: GraphTech Black TUSQ XL - Standard Nut
Inlays: Cream Face Dots
Side Dots: White Side Dots
Finish: No Finish




Guitar #10 BigSteve22

CasinoCaster, "Amy"

Mooncaster, Showcase # MP619
Flame Maple on Mahogany
Vintage Tint, Gloss
Rear Routed
2x P-90s, 2x Tone, 2x Volume, 1x 3 Way Switch
Strat Shaped, Angled Neck Pocket
Contoured Heel / Tummy Cut (Both Standard)
Drilled for Gotoh 510 Bridge

Custom Built
24.75" Conversion Scale, Warmoth Tilt Back, 3x3
Standard Thin Profile
Black Ebony on Roasted Flame Maple, Unfinished
White Pearloid Trapezoid Inlays
Strat Heel, 4 Hole Mounting
10"-16" Compound Radius
22,  SS6230 Frets
1-11/16" White, Tusq XL, Nut
White Pearloid Trapezoid Inlays w/ White Side Dots
Gotoh Stepped, 13/32 x 11/32, Tuner Ream
MojoTone  '56 Quiet Coil P-90's
CTS, 500K, Audio Taper, Split Shaft Pots
.033uf Sprague Orange Drop Tone Caps
Switchcraft, Short Type, 3 Way, Selector Switch
Pure Tone Jack, GF Jack Plate
Gavitt 22 AWG Shielded Push Back Wire
Gotoh 510 Wrap Around Bridge, X-Chrome Finish
Gotoh 510, 21:1, Tuners, X-Chrome Finish, Tortoise Buttons
Planet Waves Elliptical Strap Buttons, Chrome
Gibson Top Hat Knobs, Black w/ Chrome Inserts
Standard Switch Tip, Black
"Modern" Les Paul Pickguard Bracket, Chrome

Custom Headstock Decal, Buried Under Satin Lacquer
Custom Acrylic Pickguard, Tortoise on Cream, 45 degree Beveled Edge
Custom Engraved Titanium Neck Plate, w/ Black Frame
Custom Engraved "Amy" Truss Rod Cover
Custom "Twin Mountain" Label in Body Cavity
Stew Mac 0.5° Shim in the Neck Pocket
Fret Work By "Cagey"
Set-up By Owner




Guitar #11 Wreckless The Clown

Warmoth swamp ash body swirl dipped by me.
Fender American tremolo system.
Seymour Duncan Lil Screaming Demon (bridge), Duckbucker (middle), and Little 59er (neck) pickups.
CTS pots.
Orange Sprague capacitor.
Cloth push back wiring.
Fender custom shop gold anodized pickguard.
Warmoth roasted maple neck, wizard profile, Dunlop 6100 frets, and locking tuners.




Guitar #12 Dano

Purple Rain


Model: Chambered Stratocaster®
Orientation: Right handed
F-Holes: None
Scale: 25-1/2"
Wood: Flame Maple on Alder
Rout: Rear Rout
Pickup Rout: Strat® (Neck), Strat® (Middle), Strat® (Bridge)
Controls: V-T-T-5 (Strat®)
Bridge: Wilkinson Tremolo
Stud Install: Use inserts from bridge on order
Jack Rout: 3/4" (19mm) Side Jack Hole
Neck Pocket: Strat® Shape
Mounting Holes: Standard 4 Bolt
Contours: Contoured Heel / Tummy Cut / Forearm Contour
Binding: Natural Masked Accent
Top Finish: Purple Dye
Back Finish: Transparent Purple
Finish Type: Gloss Finish


Style: Stratocaster®
Construction: Modern Construction
Orientation: Right Handed
Neck Wood: Highly Flamed Roasted Maple
Fingerboard Wood: Roasted Maple
Nut Width: 1-11/16"
Back Shape: Standard thin
Fret Size: 6150
Tuner Ream: Gotoh/Grover (13/32" 11/32")
Radius: 10-16" Compound
Scale: 25-1/2"
Fret #: 22
Mounting Holes: Standard 4 Bolt
Pre-Cut Installed String Nut: GraphTech Black TUSQ XL - Standard Nut
Inlays: Black Face Dots
Side Dots: Black Side Dots
Finish: No Finish

Wilkinson VS100 Tremolo
Seymour Duncan Hot Rails for Stratocaster Pickups
CTS 500k Potentiometers
0.022uF Russian P-I-O Tone Capacitor




Guitar #13 Hendrix

Killer top Koa Stratocaster

Custom finish deep amber color Vintage Tint
Warmoth High Grade Birdseye Maple Stratocaster replacement guitar neck with Abalone Face Dots , 1 3/4 Width , 59 Neck Profile .

Warmoth High Grade Flame Koa Top on Koa body Stratocaster ( Rear Rout SSH , No screw hole in 5 way switch )

Special order EMG shape Bareknuckle Strat pickups, Apache neck, Slow Hand Mid, Lace Sensor Dually Purple-Emerald Humbucker bridge .

DIY Custom Copper finish pickup cover and Knobs .

Gotoh Machine Heads, Gotoh Wilkinson Tremolo



Guitar #14 Dano

Grandson #2

Warmoth Neck

Construction: Modern Tiltback Construction
Orientation: Right Handed
Neck Wood: Highly Figured Roasted Flame Maple
Fingerboard Wood: Pau Ferro
Nut Width: 1-5/8"
Back Shape: Standard thin
Fret Size: SS6150 (Stainless)
Tuner Ream: Gotoh/Grover (13/32" 11/32")
Radius: 10-16" Compound
Scale: 25-1/2"
Fret #: 22
Mounting Holes: Standard 4 Bolt
Pre-Cut Installed String Nut: GraphTech Black TUSQ XL - Standard Nut
Inlays: Abalone Face Dots


Telecaster Body
Flame Maple Top with Leopard Wood Stripes on Mahogany Body
Owner finished with StewMac Colortone Dye and Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer


Grover 505G locking tuners
Whole Lotta Humbucker Pickups
Hipshot Bridge
500k CTS Pots
.022uF Russian P-I-O tone cap
3-Way Blade



Pretty easy choice all things considered, seeing as it's the closest build to what I want to do. Good luck to everyone though, they're all stunning builds.
I voted. The thing that's so great about these contests is all the fantastic work you wouldn't otherwise get to see. They're all beautiful.
Hard to imagine there weren't winners the first time around--I know I voted for a couple of them.
OK, I'm in too. Like many here, I also voted for some of these guitars first time around. Good luck to all!

And for anyone interested in a closer look at "Amy", my CasinoCaster, here's a link to everything there is to know:
Good luck to all.

Here is a link to my tele build thread for those who may want to look further.
Well, this "runner up" contest is a testament to the quality of the instruments that won!  Lots of fine instruments here and anyone should be proud to have created them and that extra bonus of having them to play!

I am very proud to have three of mine in the mix.  The one that I am most proud of is the Flame Maple and Leopardwood Tele that I built for my grandson.  It is only my second try at applying dye and nitrocellulose lacquer on a guitar.  It took a huge learning curve for me to make the flame show up like it does.  The natural masked binding was also a first for me and I feel like it turned out better than I expected for my first try.

Here is a link to the build thread.  There are a few more pics that I added since I changed out the neck.

Best of luck to all!
All beautiful instruments indeed.  I always like to check out what’s up for voting each month.  It’s pretty cool to see the variety that’s posted here and in the gallery.  Good luck to all!
Hey guys, thanks for not forgetting about me.  I know I don't post much but I at least try to log on every month and see the builds and cast my vote. I wish I had more dough for some more Warmoth stuff so I could be more involved with this great forum but it can be elusive.  Here's a link to my first project guitar build featured in the runner-up list:
And the winner is...


Many congratulations to him and thanks to all the great entrants throughout the year!