A neck-through early 80's Japanese Yamaha PJ (note the reverse P pickup) in for a neck strip and refinished with Tung oil. There is some nice birdseye figure in this neck that didn't really show until I stripped the thick poly and started to apply the oil. During the setup I found many uneven frets so a level, crown and polish was required to get the action super low for this player. With older guitars, often the screws are an odd assortment of non-originals. This was missing a few pickup screws that needed to be replaced with the proper metric ones. The bridge pickup even had a coarse wood screw holding it in place. Thankfully the pickup threads were not damaged (somehow) and cleanly accepted a new screw. The side-mounted output jack plate also fell victim to the random screw swapping so I replaced them all with a matching quartet.
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Assembly & Setup :: Warmoth Chambered Telecaster [6.66 lbs]
Here's a maple cap / ash body (chambered) Warmoth Tele in for assembly and setup. The player-spec'd components include a Callaham vintage T bridge and Don Mare "Joel Foy" pickups. The birdseye maple neck looks really sharp too. Gravity pulls this guy down at the Mark of the Beast.
Fret end dress & string tree :: Warmoth Telecaster [8.3 lbs]
Flame maple top, mahogany back and birdseye neck on this humbucker-equipped Tele. The neck is a short-scale 24.75" conversion neck with 24 frets. This Warmoth came into the shop for a fret end dress and a setup. Originally it did not have a string tree on the headstock so the lower tension of the shorten scale left the high strings buzzy and lacking sustain. The added vintage-style string retainer greatly improved the tone and dynamic range of these two strings.
Fender Tele body / Warmoth neck :: neck carve.
I'm thinning this Warmoth '59 carve down a bit for a player and refinishing it with Tung oil (wiping varnish).