Top 10 Ways to Destroy a Perfectly Good Guitar (or Bass)

10. Smash It To Bits The list of well-known artist who have smashed a guitar on stage is long. It includes Eddie Van Halen, Yngwie Malmsteen, and Garth Brooks. Perhaps the most famous of them all is Pete Townsend, guitarist for The Who. Or is it Paul Simonon, of the Clash? 9. Burn it Jimi … Read more

Warmoth and the Nightswan

If you cut your guitar-playing teeth in the 80’s, you probably remember Kramer’s Nightswan guitar. You probably also remember the magazine ad that was so ubiquitous at the time: Vivian Campbell leaning against a white French door, hair perfectly teased, while a fog machine and a lightning storm rage outside. What you might not be aware of, however, is … Read more

The Golden Age of the Whammy Bar: 1969 – 1989

The English language is an interesting thing. It’s full of contradicting terms, colloquialisms, and misnomers that confuse and mislead. The name “tremolo bar”, for example. The word “tremolo” refers to a fluctuation in volume, but a tremolo bar alters pitch. It should therefore technically be called a vibrato bar, and yet it remains almost universally known … Read more

The Origin of the Warmoth Turtle

If you have ever purchased a Warmoth guitar or bass neck, you have no doubt noticed the little cartoon turtle branded into the heel. You’ve probably seen him in ads and on our website as well. The turtle has been around since Warmoth’s beginning. In fact, he has been around since before our beginning. To discover his origin we must journey back … Read more

TV Yellow – The Faded Origin of a Classic Guitar Color

TV Yellow

TV Yellow is a classic and much-loved color in the world of guitars. It is instantly recognizable, yet frustratingly difficult to reproduce. It is a moving target that can range from off-white or beige, to pale mustard yellow (with perhaps the slightest hint of green), to almost butterscotch. While at first glance it may appear … Read more

History of the Reverse Headstock

Jimi Hendrix and Otis Rush flipped their right-handed guitars over and played them lefty. Steve Miller flipped a lefty over and played it righty. They all certainly helped to popularize the look of the upside down headstock, but none played a true “reverse headstock”, with the orientation of the headstock intentionally mismatched to the body. So who was the first player to do it? And which guitar company was the first to offer it as original spec?

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Shrunken: The 7/8 Story

At Warmoth we have talked to many guitar players over the years who loved the Strat® body, but wished the neck were the shorter Gibson®-style scale length. We responded by developing the 24-3/4″ Conversion Neck. We have also heard from many who wished their entire Strat® were just a bit smaller, body and all. The obvious solution: a shrink ray. Unfortunately we weren’t able to invent that, but we did manage to come up with the next best thing: the 7/8 neck and body.

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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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The Snakehead – The Modern Telecaster’s® Earliest Ancestor

In 1949 Leo Fender completed work on a prototype guitar, a fairly spartan affair with a simple headstock and control layout. Not long after, he began field-testing it by taking it to venues and lending it to professional guitarists. Leo listened to their criticisms, and made several changes based on their feedback. The most notable change was the addition … Read more