VOTE HERE: 2020 Guitar of the Year!

Which instrument should be the 2020 Guitar of the Year?

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It's been an extraordinary year and not in a good way for the most part, but Unofficial Warmoth's forumites have still stepped up and put together some of the most amazing and unique guitars on the planet! So extra special thanks to everyone who has subjected their instruments to the scrutiny of the forum! Thanks also to everyone who voted!

The guitars below are all deserving winners but it's now time to decide which should be crowned UNOFFICIAL WARMOTH GUITAR OF THE YEAR 2020!

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.

You have 7 days to decide on your favorite and cast your vote. Best of luck to all!

March - ragamuffin

Neck: Warhead shape ebony fretboard on wenge, standard thin, no inlay, 1-11/16 tusq nut, SS6105 frets

Body: Custom shaped from a Warmoth mahogany blank, based on the Music Man Albert Lee. Forearm, tummy, and heel contours hand shaped.

Finish: Burgundy mist metallic nitro by Tonar/Greg Grubaugh

Hardware: Hipshot contour tremolo bridge and locking tuners, two numbered Luminlay knobs, switch tip, trem tip, and bass knob made from wenge by David King/DKnob

Electronics: Seymour Duncan Seth Lover pickups with raw nickel covers, attached via threaded inserts Volume, tone, and bass cut with a push pull phase switch.



April - Fat Pete

Medium Density '66 Freak Out Tele

4 piece MDF chambered sandwich construction
PlangentPly® tone plywood block under the bridge
Hand cut '66 soundhole with Mothers Of Invention Freak Out decoupage insert
Rattle can Ford metallic jade green finish

Warmoth Modern Construction Tele
Goncalo alves shaft and fingerboard
1 11/16" nut width
Clapton profile
6150 frets
Earvana nut

Both pickups are P90 style, hand wound in the UK
Neck in HB form factor by Alegree
Bridge in Tele form factor by Catswhisker
Standard 3-way Tele wiring with 500k pots on reverse mounted control plate

Unbranded aged control, bridge plate and vintage-style tuners
Compensated brass bridge saddles
3-ply parchment pickguard
Graph Tech string retainers



May - I AM a Robot

Warmoth Dinky J chambered Maple
Quilt Maple top on black binding
Rear rout
Clear gloss finish by Warmoth
Body shielded and grounded throughout for passive pickups
Pickups - Lindy Fralin Jazz, wired in a volume-blend-tone configuration
Black Schaller 463 bridge

Warmoth Birdseye Maple jazz neck
Macassar Ebony fretboard
SS6105 stainless frets
Clear gloss finish by Warmoth
Black Schaller tuners



June - VinceClortho

Model: Musiclander
Wood: Super Light Roasted Swamp Ash - 2lbs., 8oz.
Jack Rout: 1/2" (13mm) Side Jack
Finish: Danish Oil finish with a few overcoats of Tru-Oil
Neck Pickup: Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates SH-PG1n
Bridge Pickup: Bill Lawrence L500L
Bridge: Original Floyd Rose Black w/ brass block and Schaller Sure Claw
Pickup rings and switch tip: Custom FOTN Brushed Black Aluminum

Style: Vortex
Construction: Gibson® Scale (24-3/4") Conversion Tiltback
Orientation: Right Handed
Neck Wood: Roasted Flame Maple
Fingerboard Wood: Ebony (Black)
Nut Width: 1-11/16"
Back Shape: Wizard
Fret Size: SS6100 (Stainless)
Radius: 10-16" Compound
String Nut: OFR R3 w/ Mounting Holes
Inlays: Black Mother Of Pearl Dots
Side Dots: White Side Dots
Finish: Hand Rubbed Danish Oil.  Headstock has multiple coats of Tru-Oil
to give it some shine.
Tuners: Hipshot Grip-Lock Open Black



July - Dano
Merle Tribute

Style: Warmoth Quilt Maple on 5A Honey Tint Flame Maple Core and Hollow Alder Wings. Walnut Strip going through the center of the Maple top.
Neck Pocket: Tele
Right / Left: Right Handed
Control Rout: Top Rout
Pickups: T-X-T
Bridge Rout: Tele
Binding: Pearloid
Top Finish: Black to Honey Tint Burst
Back Finish: Black with Clear Gloss
Scale: 25 ½"

Style: Warmoth Warhead®
Construction: Modern Construction
Orientation: Right Handed
Neck Wood: 3A Flame Maple with Maple Veneer Headstock Matching Body
Fingerboard Wood: 3A Flame Maple
Nut Width: 1-11/16"
Back Shape: Standard thin
Fret Size: SS6150 (Gold)
Tuner Ream: Gotoh/Grover (13/32" 11/32")
Radius: 10-16" Compound
Scale: 25-1/2"
Fret #: 22
Mounting Holes: Standard 4 Bolt
String Nut: GraphTech TUSQ XL - Standard Nut
Inlays: Black Face Dots
Side Dots: Black Side Dots
Finish: Clear Gloss

Gotoh Standard Tele Bridge, Gold
Grover 505G Inline 18:1 Locking Tuners
Warmoth Pickguard
Oak Grigsby 4-Way Blade Switch (B,  B+N Parallel, N, B+N series)
CTS 500k Vol & Tone Pots
0.022 uF Tone Capacitor
Seymour Duncan Quarter Pounder Set
Fretwork and setup by myself



August - Ric Moore


Chambered thinline Alder body from showcase (finished with Keda dye, Tru Oil, and Poly)
Roasted maple neck (burnished by the Cagey method)
SS6150 frets
Hipshot staggered locking tuners
Fretwire P90 pickups
Mojotone wiring harness
Custom made pick guard (laser engraved birch)
Gotoh bridge
Custom brass knobs by Forney Customs



September - Unwound G

Hollow/Carved top Tele body
Flame Maple top in Black Dye, Mahogany back in clear
Ivoriod binding

Neck :
Warmoth headstock Mahogany neck
Indian Rosewood fretboard
No finish but with several coats of  Minwax Teak oil
Sperzel locking tuners
Stainless steel 6150 frets
White Corian nut
Pearloid trapezoid block fret inlays
Compound radius
Standard Thin

Pickups :
Lindy Fralin Unbucker neck and bridge
Individual push-pull tone pots for pickup split
Individual volume for each pickup



October - ActualGenuine

Warmoth VIP

Body: VIP, chambered black korina with black korina top
Finished with Crimson Guitars Penetrating and High Build Guitar Finishing Oil

Neck: Warmoth Modern Tiltback
Roasted maple with Macassar ebony fingerboard

I made a black korina laminate top for the headstock out of a sample piece of BK I had

Pickps: Fishman Fluence Classic Humbuckers

Volume, Tone, 3-way selector, and two mini-toggles for pickup voicing (Voice 1, Voice 2, and Coil Tap)

Schaller roller bridge and standard stop tail, Grover mini-Rotomatic tuners



November - docteurseb

Soloist carved quilt top over mahogany. Did the "Dragon Breath" PRS-style stain job myself, body was then professionally clear finished by Pat Wilkins Guitars.
Warhead roasted maple neck with rosewood fingerboard and veneer, SS frets, SRV contour.
Curly maple tuner buttons dyed to match.
PRS 85/15 pickups ('squabbins') with PRS black mounting rings
Wilkinson VS100N tremolo
Gotoh locking tuners
Made a matching mahogany backplate for it.



December - xParallax


Body (Finished by Warmoth): 
Tele Deluxe in Roasted Swamp Ash, finished in Clear Gloss

Vintage 6 Hole Tremolo Rout, Tummy Cut, White Binding and White Pearloid Pickguard.

Neck (Finished by Warmoth):
Modern Construction Stratocaster neck, Maple shaft with Indian Rosewood Fretboard and Roasted Swamp Ash headstock veneer.

Standard Thin, 10-16”, 22 Gold 6150 Frets, White Binding, White Pearloid block inlays, White TUSQ nut, Clear Gloss finish

Bridge: Gotoh 6 Screw Vintage Tremolo in Gold (with Stainless Steel Block)
Tuners: Fender 'F' Staggered Locking Tuners in Gold
Pickups: IronGear Rolling Mill (Neck), IronGear Rolling Mill Overwound (Bridge) in Gold Covered
Controls: 2x CTS 500 ohm Push-Pull Pot (Tone Control both Pickups w/Coil Split), 2x CTS 500ohm Standard Pot (Volume Control both Pickups)
Knobs: Barrel Knob with White Pearloid Inlay in Gold
Strap Locks: Fender Infinity Locks in Gold



Oof, you expect me to make a choice between voting for my own beautiful baby and all these other sexy rock n' roll machines?!?

Damn, this is tough!  :rock-on:

Every single one of these is spectacular, honoured to just be considered,

Good luck everyone!
Totally agree, honored to even be considered with this group of excellent builds. Good luck everyone.
Wow!  These are some beauties indeed.  I am proud to have one amongst them.

For anyone interested, here are some more pics of my Merle Tribute:

Man, they're all so great, it's hard to pick just one... :doh:

ragamuffin's reminds me of and Albert Lee Music Man
The contest closes in less than 10 hours, so if you haven't voted yet, now's the time!
And the winner of the Unofficial Warmoth Guitar of the Year Contest 2020 is...


Many congratulations to him and big thanks to all our monthly winners, entrants and voters over the year!
Noting that it was a close one, just look at the group right behind him.  A win by a nose!  And well deserved too, congrats doctor.
Congratulations docteurseb! Nobody could have foreseen yours winning. No, wait, everybody could have foreseen yours winning. Absolutely stunning - Stain Master indeed - though maybe not a title to boast about among the noncognoscenti.
Just remembered the polls had probably closed, and came back to double check.
Thanks all, I sure enjoyed doing that build a lot (not the easiest one to do for sure) and looking forward to the future crazy ideas I have.