If you've purchased an unfinished body from Warmoth,

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by Norrin Radd 1966, Nov 7, 2019.

  1. Norrin Radd 1966

    Norrin Radd 1966 Member

    Messages:
    317
    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2010
    what kind of condition does it arrive in? Is it sanded and ready for primer or does it need some filling and sanding beforehand?

    OR, if you've had a good experience with another builder (purchasing a raw body), who was it and whom would you recommend?

    Looking at getting a Strat style body. Any help is appreciated! :)
     
  2. Trebor Renkluaf

    Trebor Renkluaf I was hit by a parked car, what's your excuse? Silver Supporting Member

    Messages:
    12,435
    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2006
    Location:
    InSaneDiego
    It depends on the wood. Alder should be ready to paint. Something grainy like swamp ash or mahogany will need grain filling if you want a smooth finish.
     
  3. Coopster

    Coopster Member

    Messages:
    1,040
    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2010
    Location:
    On target
    Got a Carvin kit yeeeeeeeears ago. Pretty darn solid guitar. Didn't appreciate it when I had it though and ended up piecing it out to cover other gas. That one needed some finish sanding and sealing but it was super easy to do.
     
  4. Norrin Radd 1966

    Norrin Radd 1966 Member

    Messages:
    317
    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2010
    Yeah - I'm wanting Alder, rear route, SSH and vintage trem.
     
  5. rauchman

    rauchman Member

    Messages:
    812
    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2018
    Location:
    Northeast NJ
    I did a swamp ash Tele body. I believe the body comes pre sanded at either 180 or 200 grit. Because of the open pores of ash, I had to use filler, but went in knowing that. I believe alder doesn't require as much to start on a finish.
     
  6. JimInMO

    JimInMO Member

    Messages:
    48
    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2009
    Location:
    Chariton County Missouri
    I did 2 unfinished alder bodies from Warmoth. Finished both with stain and Tru-Oil. Put stain on right out of the box and did a light once over with steel wool, then applied multiple coats of oil. Nice hard and smooth finishes on both.
     
    ruger9, Norrin Radd 1966 and big mike like this.
  7. thesjkexperienc

    thesjkexperienc ^^^ I made this guitar^^^ Supporting Member

    Messages:
    4,060
    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2008
    Location:
    Colorado mountains
    It go lightly with some 220 grit with alder. Wipe it with a wet rag first to raise the grain and you will get a smoother surface to paint.

    Stew Mac and Reranch make easy to use spray nitro. Just be sure to let it cure for a month before wet sanding.
     
    AprioriMark and mdog114 like this.
  8. big mike

    big mike Plexi Loving Admin Staff Member

    Messages:
    10,864
    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2003
    Location:
    Here, there and everywhere
    ready to finish
     
  9. Norrin Radd 1966

    Norrin Radd 1966 Member

    Messages:
    317
    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2010
    I appreciate the info! This one however, is going to my daughter to paint whatever she wants on the front of it with acrylics, and then onto MJT for finishing after that. Should be a fun project!
     
    smallbutmighty likes this.
  10. smallbutmighty

    smallbutmighty Member

    Messages:
    8,274
    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2004
    Location:
    PNW, USA
    Awesome....make sure to post pics when you're done!
     
  11. MkIII Renegade

    MkIII Renegade Member

    Messages:
    5,782
    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2017
    Location:
    Atlanta, GA
    Here's how my roasted swamp ash Warmoth body arrived:

    [​IMG]

    I am cool with texture, so I used no filler, but 5 coats of delco nitro lacquer, resulting in this:

    [​IMG]
     
    Rocco Crocco, shane8 and Drak like this.
  12. Norrin Radd 1966

    Norrin Radd 1966 Member

    Messages:
    317
    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2010
    Will do! Here’s the tele she did previously:

     
  13. Norrin Radd 1966

    Norrin Radd 1966 Member

    Messages:
    317
    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2010
    That looks amazing! Nice!
     
  14. mdog114

    mdog114 Member

    Messages:
    3,458
    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2004
    Location:
    NY
    She did a great job with that Tele!
     
    Norrin Radd 1966 likes this.
  15. indexless

    indexless Member

    Messages:
    103
    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2006
    Location:
    Way out west
    Look at Guitar Mill strat style bodies NFI, just a great company that sells fab products in a very nice part of the country
     
    Norrin Radd 1966 likes this.
  16. _jmp

    _jmp Member

    Messages:
    88
    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2008
    this is beautiful, love it
     
    Norrin Radd 1966 likes this.
  17. Norrin Radd 1966

    Norrin Radd 1966 Member

    Messages:
    317
    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2010
    Will check them out, thanks!
     
    indexless likes this.
  18. mousepunk

    mousepunk Member

    Messages:
    929
    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2010
    Location:
    Moscow, Russia
    Can Warmoth do truss rod adjustment wheel instead of it's adjustment system form the heel?
     

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice