Or are the dimensions slightly different?
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We have a continuum. At one end we got Seasick Steve, who doesn't seem to mind whether his instrument has 2 useful strings or 3, or 4. "Its all good".to the naked eye they look the same. If you want to measure things then yes. I have both a Warmoth and Fender Strat and I dig them both. Same bnck profiles too .
I really really love the Performance and function of the Dozen Warmoth necks I have. They are the Vintage and Vintage Modern ones - those are the ones I would recommend. Just making it clear, the Warmoth necks are really quality necks and the fretwork on mine was Grade A. I couldn't give the fretwork on my Allparts necks any more than a C. I spend a lot of time leveling and crowning ever one of those necks, although the frets are always extremely well seated and "take" leveling without fighting back - so that's good.There are some amazingly knowledgeable people here!
My only two cents is that I really like Warmoth necks. I've had two. In one case I replaced a bad Fender neck (it was kind of twisted) on an '92 American Standard tele. So in my limited experience Warmoth can be a better option.
hmmm...I guess I will have to put my Fender next to my Warmoth and "see" how far off it really is. I know the conturs are deeper for sure as has been stated. But as far as the rest of the body from a front veiw....I will have to look more closely.We have a continuum. At one end we got Seasick Steve, who doesn't seem to mind whether his instrument has 2 useful strings or 3, or 4. "Its all good".
Then we have Eric Johnson who tells us he can tell when the battery in his rig is going down or is the wrong brand, or something.
People do not go to Warmoth IMO to build a Seasick Steve instrument. They go to the time and expense because they do really sweat the details in the nature of Eric Johnson. So, this is a paradox that the Warmoth body gets you about 90% of the way there and ANY expert who still has his vision can identify these things with a quick glance. I've been doing this on guitar boards for quite some time - "outing" a Warmoth neck or body from some sketchy phone pictures posted here, and I never misidentify them when I post, either. So I guess it depends whose naked eye this is.
So, my suggestion is, if you're building a "replica" or reproduction of that Strat your hero played in 1988, unless your hero used a Warmoth don't order a Warmoth. However, if you're building a Dream Concept Guitar with a Cocobolo this and Wenge that and Canarywood fretboard and no pickguard, by all means order it from Warmoth because their shape is not inherently ugly. It is just obviously different to a heck of a lot of people when offered up as a Fender duplicate.
I've had people tell me they feel the E36 and E46 BMWs look the same. I guess for some people, these do. But if you actually care about things like this, like being able to tell an elk from a whitetail, a swan from a goose, a Hyundai from a Lexus, the difference is evident. Apparently some people can't tell. They're entitled to the respect everyone deserves I guess, but if you just don't care about details, can't be bothered to invest any time, is that opinion going to carry? This mountain trail looks the same as that one, so I'm going to flip a coin. Why not step aside and let someone who remembers this pink rock and the blue blaze, who actually does know which is the right trail, make the choice?