Well it sure seems that 2020 was the year of the Partscaster, but obviously many determined boffins have been beavering away at their home built guitars for many years before that.
Here’s a very tasty Strat built from high quality components sourced direct from Warmoth USA in 2012.
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 recognisable guitar and bass players in the world.”
Specs of this guitar –
Warmoth Light Weight Alder Vintage Stratocaster body
Vintage Cream finish
Figured Maple Neck Wood
Indian Rosewood (Dark) Fretboard
Nut Width 1 11/16"
Neck Profile - Fatback
Frets - 6105
Radius 10-16" Compound
Cream Face Dot Inlays
White Side Dots
Finish – poly
Standard 4 Bolt Mounting
The Fatback neck is a great feeling chunky neck - the thickness is the same from the first fret to the 12th
- Thickness at 1st Fret: 1.00"
- Thickness at 12th Fret: 1.00"
This results in the same fat feel in the palm, with a medium C shape, and easier access for the fingers and thumb.
Gold Fender Tuners
Wilkinson Strat Bridge with steel block
Tonerider Classic Blues Pickups
CTS Volume & Tone Pots
5 way switch
The lower tone pot is wired to dial in the neck pickup in any amount to ant existing switch position. So it adds infinite variation to the five standard tone selections – very effective & very useful.
Weight is 7.6 lbs
This is a damn fine guitar. You won’t see this model of Strat 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 well built and lively guitar with tone to burn. Lots a of juicy sounds from these Tonerider pickups. And loads of tonal variation available with some judicial dialling of the clever, high quality wiring and USA made CTS pots.
It is a nice build, professionally set up, and it works.
Comes in a basic gig in good condition.