What do you do when you’re locked down, can’t go out, still got some income, and lots of time on your hands ? Build a nice Nocaster is what.
Here’s a “Covid Project” Esquire built last year from brand new Warmoth brand parts, made in USA.
Warmoth is a respected and long established guitar parts manufacturer based in Puyallup, Washington State USA. They are officially licensed by Fender to replicate vintage Strat, Jag, Jazzer and Tele parts, along with their own, and other brand’s components.
From Warmoth –
“Since 1980, Warmoth has been the standard in American-made bodies and necks for electric guitars and basses. During that time, we have helped countless players customize, personalize, and improve their instruments. We have also helped to pioneer many advancements in guitar technology, including the compound radius fretboard, the conversion neck, and the “drop-top” laminate top.
We use a blend of modern and traditional guitar-building techniques. CNC machines cut body and neck blanks. Most of the remaining work, from gluing binding and installing frets to spraying finishes, is completed by hand. Every step is performed by skilled crafts-people who care about building quality musical instrument parts, and who work hard to ensure that each neck and body we ship meets our standard of excellence.
Over the years many high-end, boutique builders have turned to Warmoth for their bodies and necks, including Valley Arts, Pensa-Suhr, Sadowsky, and others. We have also built custom parts for some of the most recognizable guitar and bass players in the world.”
Specs of this guitar –
Warmoth Light Weight Swamp Ash Vintage Telecaster body
Vintage White finish
Standard Tele pickup routing
Roasted Maple Neck Wood
Roasted Maple Fretboard
Nut Width 1 11/16"
Neck Profile - Fatback
22 x 6100 Frets
Frets - 6100
Radius 10-16" Compound
Black Face Dot Inlays
Black Side Dots
Finish - No Finish
Standard 4 Bolt Mounting
The Fatback is similar to a Vintage Nocaster Reissue, but the thickness is the same from the first fret to the 12th and with a full U shape profile.
- Thickness at 1st Fret: 1.00"
- Thickness at 12th Fret: 1.00"
Gotoh Vintage Tuners
Wilkinson vintage style bridge with compensated brass saddles
Tonerider Hot Classic Pickups – Alnico III
CTS Volume & Tone Pots
CRL 3 way switch
Weight is 7.2 lbs
There is a Warmoth headstock sticker included in this package, It has not been applied yet, but it’s there should you wish to do so in the future.
This is a damn fine guitar. You won’t see this model of vintage Nocaster reissue anywhere – unless you build it. And in this case, some else actually has. All the work’s been done, and the results are excellent.
It is a light and lively guitar with tone to burn. Lots of pop and snarl from the Tonerider pickups. And lots of tonal variation available with some judicial dialling of the high quality USA made CTS pots.
It is simple, straight-forward and it works.
Comes in a quality Fender FE20 gig bag in Blue Denim in new condition.