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

Weezer and Warmoth – Rivers Cuomo’s Blue Guitar

Rivers Cuomo, guitarist and lead vocalist for the multi-platinum rock band Weezer, has played many guitars over the course of his career. One thing most of them have in common is that they are covered with stickers. Lots and lots of stickers. Another is that many of them are constructed using Warmoth parts. The most … 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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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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