Your Strat® Tremolo is a Mafia Boss

Your Strat®-style tremolo bar is one shifty character. It can wreak havoc on your guitar’s tuning, without ever getting its own hands dirty. It accomplishes this by recruiting others to do its dirty-work, while it sits quietly in the background, pulling the strings. It’s like the don of a large crime syndicate, and to keep your … Read more

A Guide to Guide-Holes, or How NOT to Crack Your Headstock

Guide-hole diagram

Building a well-crafted electric guitar or bass requires patience. As tempting as it can be to rush or cut corners, the most successful builds ultimately go to those with the patience to take all the necessary steps, no matter how tedious. One such step, often skipped by the impatient or the inexperienced, is properly drilling the … Read more

Fight Club: Alder vs Ash Guitar Bodies

Since Leo Fender first used them in the 1950’s, Alder and Ash have become the most popular tonewoods for construction of solid-body bolt-on guitars. These two woods share many similarities, but also have some important differences. Knowing the properties of each will help you craft the sonic and visual personality of your guitar body. Let’s check ’em … Read more

Jason Becker’s Robbie Robertson Tribute Guitar

Jason Becker with Custom Strat®

Every now and then Warmoth has the opportunity to work with an artist and create something special. A short time ago we were approached by guitarist Jason Becker to help him create a tribute to the instrument that motivated him to pick up the guitar: Robbie Robertson’s famous bronzed Stratocaster®. Jason had already sourced most of the parts he needed, but the unique bronzed body continued to elude him.

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