Warmoth Telecaster

Warmoth Telecaster

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Telecaster, TLC-Shaped Guitar from Warmoth.

2 user reviews

Warmoth Telecaster tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Warmoth
  • Model: Telecaster
  • Category: TLC-Shaped Guitars
  • Added in our database on: 10/10/2010

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Warmoth Telecaster user reviews

Average Score:5.0( 5/5 based on 2 reviews )
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jefferyfreelance's review"Build Your Own Dream Guitar"

Warmoth Telecaster
I have become a guitar snob. I lay the blame at the feet of Warmoth. Before I found their website I was happy to buy guitars off the rack. Now, if a guitar does not have ALL the features I want, then I just walk away.

It took three years to assemble all the parts that make up my Warmoth Telecaster. It was a long time to wait, but worth every second. I learned more about what makes a guitar tick during that time. I also learned what I wanted in a guitar. If I had ordered the guitar I made in their virtual builder that first time on their website, I believe I would have ultimately been disappointed. During the time while I was saving for each piece I learned something new.

Like the time I played my wife’s uncle’s guitar that did not have a heel contour, and realized I needed it. Or, my good friend mentioning that my guitar had all the comfort contours, and that I might want to add that to my Tele. Or, playing my other friend’s Les Paul and falling in love with the neck. Yes, my Tele has the neck dimensions of a Les Paul. It is made from Goncalo Alves wood that requires no finish, and is absolutely stunning to behold. The body is made from Swamp Ash, and is painted a transparent red finish with a black burst edge. It also has natural masked binding a feature I did not know I needed until I saw the example on the website. The finish on the body was perfect (I’ve since christened it with a couple of dings).

My heresy did not end there. I have EMG-T active pickups and Graph Tech Ghost saddles. The addition of the piezo pickups actually came from looking through Fender’s website, and seeing the Acoustasonic model. My Tele has two outputs; one for the EMG’s and the other for the piezo. I have stacked knobs that control the volume and tone of each set of pickups, while from a distance the controls look pretty standard. I have a modern bridge eschewing the barrel saddles of Leo’s original design. All the hardware is black.

Warmoth is not a cheap route to take, but you get what you pay for. My Tele is a great instrument, and many have marveled at its beauty and playability. I will admit it was scary to pay some much to build an instrument that I would not know if it was good until it was complete. The years it took to save up, and buy this instrument was time well spent.

This route is not for everyone. I would recommend it, but totally understand when someone tells me they would never do it. I learned so much about how a guitar works, and how each component works with the others. The many options that are available make it possible to build a guitar for any style and for any taste. Once you build one you cannot help, but to start building other instruments in your mind. I have at least three more builds I would like to make.

If nothing else, check out their virtual builder on-line and see what your imagination can dream up. Their products are excellent, and their customer service is very good as well. I could go over every last little detail of the guitar that I built, but if you decide to build a Warmoth guitar it will be different. The best advice I could give is play as many different instruments as possible. Even a guitar that is nothing like the one that you intend to build. You never know what you will learn.
Mikka Grytviken02/12/2011

Mikka Grytviken's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" From custom shop for cheaper than the U.S. Standard."

Warmoth Telecaster
All parts are made in the USA except the pickups that come from U.S. but wound elements by hand in China. The bridge is a Gotoh six independent bridges for a better setting. The neck is maple with rosewood fingerboard tiger at radius type compound vintage 9 "head side to finish almost flat 14" side terminal sleeve / body, 22 frets and a stainless Nut ivory uploaded by my luthier (reassured you, that recovery of the ivory nothing ilegal). The body is Alder with orange sunset tranlucide nitrocelluloïde finish when the finish of the handle is matte type. The tuners are Gotoh head type and vintage microphones are more Tonerider Vintage. A three position switch, a Knob volume and a second tone all associated with a pick guard perloïde.


The handle is a reflection of what is known about Telecasters usually very comfortable taking place soon forget. The combined radius is very interesting because it makes the game open agreement about natural head, the rest of the handle from s'applatissant in the game a consistent drop, drop 2 .... as well as sliders source and passages lead above the 12th fret are significantly improved comfort compared to a single round at radius of 9 "for example. The overall ergonomics of the Telecaster is not what is best, but not what is worst. overall comfort is more than correct. The weight is quite light but I chose the body as this criterion among others. The it is naturally alive, the answer to the game is perfect.


If it fits my style? you kidding? Oh yes! The Telecaster besides being the first solid body guitar to have been commercilisée génialisime by Leo Fender, a guitar is an incredibly versatile. My style is a mixture of Blues, Jazz, Soul, Funk and Rock and Telecaster gives me satisfaction on this point. No Sound is not fat but not lean so far, always Christallin, slamming into sound and light and can become Cranked organic crunch without losing its definition nor its Twang. The neck pickup can be mellow, it's largely a matter of hit see the same round by playing the tone. It never fails nor heat nor presence. intermédière position is really for the rhythm. The bridge pickup is no longer present. Tonerider These Vintage Plus really make all the essence of the Telecaster, the Twang, the reactive side and percussive, acoustic side as well as depth and richness of the high-mids. I mainly play Thor Teutates plugged into a 15 with generally very little effect, a small reverb, delay set to slap back, sometimes a longer delay set for more space, SRT OD pedal, a Cry Baby Wha and a volume pedal and I have quite enough. All sounds to me plaisesnt on this guitar. simplcité The Telecaster is the Efficiency of three essential sounds and the rest is the musician who does.


After two years of use and now that It is well settled aprfaitement and lapped, I feel perfectly comfortable with this guitar. I have long sought the Telecaster that clung to my needs. So I tried dozens and mostly Fender series and various qualities. And just as with the Stratocaster, which is also a model that I like I found satisfaction in custom designs. The two essential features of this guitar are the sound and simplicity. But beyond what mattered to me then was the curve of the stick approach and vintage / modern, combining the best of both worlds for a result right for me both in terms of sound comfort. The value for money is undeniable in the sense that I paid only the price elements and port ... at the same time the assembly does not cost me half a day. And what is even with my settings Stratocasters luthier It took me two years to get to the perfect settings ... the wood being what it is, living and noble. You understand that I am very satisfied and if it was redone, it would be without hesitation.

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