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Which instrument should be the 2021 Guitar of the Year?

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Another year of Guitar of the Month competitions has passed. Thanks as always to everyone who has subjected their amazing 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 2021!

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 - binarydepartment


Model: Carved Top Telecaster®
Orientation: Right handed
F-Holes: None
Scale: 25-1/2"
Wood: Alder / Alder on Alder
Rout: Rear Rout
Pickup Rout: Humbucker (Neck), None (Middle), Humbucker (Brdg)
Controls: V-V-T-T-Upper Tog (LP®)
Bridge: Narrow Strat® Flat Mount
Jack Rout: 7/8" (22mm) Side Jack Hole
Neck Pocket: Strat® Shape
Mounting Holes: Standard 4 Bolt
Contours: Contoured Heel / Tummy Cut
Binding: White Binding
Top Finish: Lake Placid Blue
Back Finish: Lake Placid Blue
Finish Type: Gloss Finish


Style: Stratocaster®
Construction: Modern Construction
Orientation: Right Handed
Neck Wood: Roasted Maple
Fingerboard Wood: Indian Rosewood
Nut Width: 1-11/16"
Back Shape: Standard thin
Fret Size: SS6105 (Stainless)
Tuner Ream: Schaller (25/64")
Radius: Straight 9.5"
Scale: 25-1/2"
Fret #: 22
Mounting Holes: Standard 4 Bolt
Pre-Cut Installed String Nut: White Corian - Standard Nut
Inlays: Arizona Turquoise Stone Dots
Side Dots: Moon Glow Side Dots (3mm)
Finish: Clear Satin Nitro


Fender LSR Roller Nut
Seymour Duncan Hot Rodded Humbucker Set
Hipshot 41060C Fixed Hardtail Bridge chrome
Fender Locking Tuners



April - Memecode

P90 Jazzmaster

Body: Black Korina on Alder. Rear route, cream binding. The art itself is silver ink done with a calligraphy pen and brush by my daughter. The stain is a WD Lockwood Turquoise, straight up for the front and mixed with black for the back. Clear coat is spray can nitro.

Neck: Pau Ferro on Goncalo Alves standard thin strat neck, 6150 frets, 10-16" compound radius. 25.5” scale. No finish.

Pickups/circuit: Mick Brierley Modern Vintage P90 set. 500k pots - volume and tone, 3 way gibson style switch. Foil covered cavity.

Bridge: Gotoh 510TS-FE1-CK.

Tuners: Gotoh SGS510Z-A07-CK MG.



May - Frankie Chestnuts

'65 12 String Electric

Warmoth Alder, Split Jazzmaster
Gotoh 12 String Hardtail Bridge
Warmoth finished in Candy Blue

Warmoth '65 12 String Maple Neck

Pau Ferro Fretboard with White Binding and 6150 Frets
'59 Roundback Profile
10-16" Compound Radius
White Pearloid Block Inlays
White Corian Nut (Rickenbacker style, Drones below)
Matching Candy Blue Headstock

GFS Minitron Liverpool (Mini-Humbucker sized) Pickups
Gotoh Vintage Tuners
4-Way Switching (Neck/Series/Parallel/Bridge), Similar to a 60's Fender Electric XII
Duesenberg Knobs and Selector Switch.



June - rauchman

Velocity body in mahogany with a TruOil, non filled finish, black and red dye on the front
Neck is a 24.75" Tiltback Strat conversion neck with a roasted maple shaft and ebony fretboard, with mother of pearl dots and SS6150 frets, standard thin, 10-16" compound radius.
Delrin nut with slightly narrower string spacing

3 color outer body binding (inside is cream, outside is black and underneath both is plastic abalone)
Inlay strip consisting of 2 strips of ebony surrounding 2 coco bola strips with white trim, surrounding abalone down the middle
Neck heel has been modified to a Fender Ultra type heel

Suhr Aldrich Bridge and Neck with chrome covers
500k pots with 1 DPDT pot (neck vol), which pulls both hum buckers to single coil and also switches the caps from .044 to .022
Bridge is a Gotoh NS510TS-FE1 with an FU Tone brass block
Knobs were ordered on Amazon and have an abalone circle in the middle
Tuners are Hipshot non staggered locking with Hipshot white tuner buttons
Standard 3 way blade switch



August - Gil Music

Guitar name: Mr. Brown

- Warmoth Strat body with Flamed Koa top, Alder back and dark accent line in clear gloss finish

- Warmoth Strat neck with Wenge neck, Wenge fingerboard and stainless steel frets

- Lace Sensor Ultimate Triple pickups

- 7-way wiring (5-way switch and push/pull tone pot for neck on/off)

- Gotoh tremolo bridge and tuner

- Buckeye Burl knobs and switch tip



September - Dmraco

Warmoth Mooncaster body. 
Padouk top with black binding
Mahogany back
Gotoh hardware
TV Jones Pickups wired Les Paul style

Warmoth mahogany neck with bloodwood fretboard and SS frets. 
Gotoh tuning pegs
Dangerous custom truss rod cover

Everything finished in satin poly



October - TuxedoZaku

Body: Alder
Finish: Silver Sparkle with matching headstock
Pickups: Lace Red/Blue Dually in the bridge, Purple/Emerald in the neck
Wiring: Coil splitting via switches and push-pull, Shadow killswitch tone knob, and PTB wiring with Warwick knobs
Bridge: Babicz Full Contact with Fender tremolo

Neck: 9-15 compound radius, Quartersawn maple, Rosewood fretboard, blocks and binding, Wizard profile, Right hand reverse
Frets: stainless steel
Tuners: Sperzel with ivoroid buttons



November - Great Ape

Great Ape Doubleneck

Body; Alder, Strat/Tele style
Wood burned, hand painted, and dyed
Neck(s); Warhead, wenge w/ebony fingerboards,
6150 frets-Top neck is standard tuned, bottom neck
tuned to open E for slide.
Hardware; Vintage Fender style trem bridges,
Gotoh tuners, Q parts knob
Pickups; S. Duncan Lipstick & Dimarzio 36th Anniversary Hmbkr on top,
PRS Santana bass & treble on the bottom
Controls; Master volume, neck selector, pickup selector.



December - jim232777

Warmoth Roasted Swamp Ash Tele body with comfort cuts.
Finished with Wudtone Cherry Flamenco kit, then topped with TruOil.
Gotoh In-Tune vintage-style bridge w/ compensated brass saddles and
cut-down sides
Self-designed logo on custom neck plate

Warmoth Roasted Maple neck (Standard Thin, modern construction)
9.5" radius Rosewood FB
mother-of-pearl markers
TUSQ nut
Stainless Steel 6150 frets
No lacquer, etc. finish applied (except for headstock); back burnished
up to 2000 grit.
Hipshot staggered, locking, open-gear tuners
Self-designed logo waterslide on headstock

Neck pickup--Lindy Fralin Unbucker
Bridge pickup--Lindy Fralin Split Rail, Blues output

Oak Grigsby superswitch
Position 1: Full Unbucker
Position 2: Split Unbucker
Position 3: Bridge + full Unbucker
Position 4: Bridge + Split Unbucker
Position 5: Bridge

500K CTS pots, with push-pull tone control
Normal position 0.047 uF tone cap
Outer position 0.022 uF tone cap



JohnnyHardtail said:
On the basis of these it appears 2021 was an awesome year for guitar building. 
:kewlpics: :turtle:

Truly one the better things to have done in 2021.

I'm one of the contestants in this, but wowza, there are some guitars in this collection
And the winner of the Unofficial Warmoth Guitar of the Year 2021 contest is...

Great Ape!

Many congratulations to Great Ape and thanks to all for another year of incredible entries!