Yeah you can get a pricey warmoth for cheap used but if you know exactly what you want its better to "buy once- buy right". My spec is pretty vanilla but the devil is in the details: Roasted woods, Neck contour, fret size and material and most importantly hardware and pickups. I think of my warmoth as a half priced suhr.That sounds like a sweet build! Warmoth is my #1 choice every time though I highly recommend buying them used because the resale value sucks and you can often get a VERY pricey build on the cheap (though I get that defeats the main purpose of a company like Warmoth aka "customizing" your own...I've found several with specs I really love that I would have been glad to have dreamt up myself).
The denim flame strat and flame koa strat I posted earlier in the thread I believe were roughly $1300 and $2300 respectively to build new, and I grabbed them for $350 and $600. I'd kinda rather someone else spends the big bucks and then I grab it secondhand for a fraction!
Sure, it's Ron's proprietary neck joint. The neck cavity/neck are basically interlocking, and installing the neck leaves a tight joint that doesn't need screws to hold it together. There are, however, stainless steel (I believe) inserts in the body and stainless screws that add an additional layer of security to the neck. Just a super stable, tight neck joint.Man, that’s pretty!!! Very interesting looking neck joint... can you tell me more about what’s going on back there?
Yep, that's definitely true. I too often wonder why people sell custom builds especially to GC as was the case with the ones I got...I know resale value on customs sucks, but I can't imagine either of the two I got lasting longer than a day on Craigslist at a reasonable price. Even if those $1300ish and $2300ish builds were put up on CL for let's say $600 and $800 I'm pretty sure they'd be gone fast. They're both loaded with expensive pickups, hardware, and the woods are to die for (you can't really tell from the one photo I posted but the flame koa strat is ENTIRELY flame koa - solid flame koa body and neck).Yeah you can get a pricey warmoth for cheap used but if you know exactly what you want its better to "buy once- buy right". My spec is pretty vanilla but the devil is in the details: Roasted woods, Neck contour, fret size and material and most importantly hardware and pickups. I think of my warmoth as a half priced suhr.
If for some reason you want to sell a guitar that is literally spec'd to be YOUR perfect guitar (why would anyone do that?) you'll do better if you avoid all those crazy (and expensive) wood and finish combo's that warmoth builds are notorious for. Just do alder or ash and a maple/RW neck. K.I.S.S. and if you do sell you'll get a higher resale ROI than that $2000+ MEGA strat with a bitchin zebra wood body in puke burst; a wenge/ bubinga neck with purple heart skunk stripe and mixed gold and black hardware. Jus' sayin'...
Thanks, it is really fantastic in all respects. Ron's trem is also super smooth and holds tuning really well. Just a great guitar! These pictures are from when it was built...about 8 years ago I think. It has a touch more green in the finish now with some age.I love this guitar!