Guitar Builderings

I’m from a small town in Washington State that is well-known for top-tier guitars. It was home to Boogie Bodies, co-created by Lynn Ellsworth previously of Charvel fame. You might remember some of the guitars they worked on including a number of EVH’s iconic striped guitars.

When the company split Jim Warmoth took his half to create Warmoth Guitars, which is still in Puyallup to this day.

My cousin happened to work for Lynn doing paint and so I was always enthralled with their custom guitars from childhood. A few years back I put a “parts-caster” strat together with Warmoth parts and just now did another iteration on it.

The body consists of Alder from Washington State with a 5A Flame Maple laminated top from the north. It is dyed green with a small amount of burst to the edges.

The electronics come from Klein Pickups who in my opinion are doing some of the best out there right now. These are the mid-scoops but I’m going to swap them out soon for some 1965 recreations matched to SRV’s Lenny this summer.

The potentiometers are your normal strat 250k setup though this is a 5-way switch so you can run additional combinations out-of-phase to cancel out some of that infamous “single coil hum”.

The bridge comes from John Mann which should be familiar to the PRS players out there. Unless you’re like me and you have a PRS Core 24 with a Floyd Rose tremolo instead.

The tuners are locking Schaller M6 which are my go-to choice. Honestly, I like them more than the top screw lock that my PRS has. Don’t know why, just do.

The most recent change here since I originally assembled this is a new neck. It is a super curly 3A Flame Maple with Ebony fret-board. You can’t get the same sort of Ebony you used to for scarcity reasons, so now days you just have to be really selective about which cut you use if you want it to look black.

The back of the neck really demonstrates the beauty of a curly flame maple. I prefer nitro finishes for necks so that is what you see. One thing I should note here is that I wish I had opted for a contoured cut at the neck bolt-on position for a bit more arm space.

For the nut I decided to do something different than I’ve played before and used the Earvana nut. So far I’m pretty happy with it but I haven’t noticed too much of a difference.

That’s about it!

Here are a few tone samples which are just quick single takes so try not to hamper too much on my mistakes.

Some clean-ish samples (compressor, chorus, reverb essentially)

Some dirty samples (lead channel at about 1/3 drive, compressor and reverb)

Thanks for reading and listening!

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