The Korinary (Warmoth strat. Full build inside)



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The Korinary (Warmoth strat. Full build inside)

Postby UglyCasanova » Wed Jul 30, 2014 7:53 pm

I though I'd share my first ever build. Next time I'll go all in and try cutting out the body and neck also. Hope you enjoy! :!!!:


I was originally just on the lookout for a neck for an old Squire Bullet body I've had laying around, but then I figured I'd see how much a full warmoth build would be. An hour later I found myself suffering from serious GAS and sent the order.

NECK
- Quartersawn Canary (raw)
- 22 frets
- 10-16" compound radius
- Standard thin
- Fret size 6150
- Cream face dots
- White side dots
- Vintage style tuner rim (vintage style Gotohs)
- GraphTech Black TUSQ XL - Standard Nut

BODY
- Chambered black korina
- SSS
- Tummy cut + forearm contour
- Hardtail (chrome Fender)
- Clear gloss finish
- Chrome jack plate/ neck plate/ strap holders. Black string ferrules
- Planet Waves Stereo Jack, Gold Plated.

PICKGUARD
- Fender Fat 50's in neck
- Fender CS69's in middle
- Seymour Duncan SSL-5 in bridge



First, a picture to set the mood

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Neck fastened

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Used two sorts of reamers for the tuning machine holes

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Like a glove

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Making it as straight as I can (that's what she said)

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Turned out pretty good

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String ferrules time
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Fret work time

First thing: Get that neck straight

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Before and after truss rod adjustment
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All wrapped up and ready to go!

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Leveling those frets (400 -600 - 800 grit)

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Had to go MacGyver to deal with the fret ends

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Pointing to one being done, the others are not yet touched

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Some more MacGyver tools I used together with sandpaper (400-800-1200) for removing the flat spots

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One fret done
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Three down, too damn many to go!
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0000 Steel wool to look for scratches made by the sandpaper

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Tape off. Quite stoked on the results myself *pats own back*
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Strap-holders. Bottom one first

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Then the 'horn'

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Copper shield.
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Grounding the bridge and the shielding
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Time to get that jack plate in place

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Little homemade isolation from rubber and tar tape
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Neck on, E-strings on. Adjusting the pickguard and taping it down
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Why did I go for the 11-hole pickguard? So many holes to drill!
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Neck back on. All strings on. Adjusting the string height and the intonation
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And here she is!

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If you made it all the way through; congratulations to both you and your internet provider because that was a shitload of pictures! :thumb:
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Re: The Korinary (Warmoth strat. Full build inside)

Postby Chankgeez » Wed Jul 30, 2014 7:59 pm

UglyCasanova wrote:Like a glove


Making it as straight as I can (that's what she said)

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I like this guy. :)*

Nice build. :thumb:
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Re: The Korinary (Warmoth strat. Full build inside)

Postby ryan summit » Wed Jul 30, 2014 9:11 pm

friend of mine won a diy kit from sweetwater
its a bronco shape completely unfinished
this is great stuff man
did you use the countersink bit just to clean up holes?
thats crazy you want it lookin nice even underneath components
is the body warmoth too?
my only complaint is the pickguard hides ANY wood
that grain and finish is unbelievable
its tough to get excited about strats
that thing is beutiful homey
you must be psyched as hell
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Re: The Korinary (Warmoth strat. Full build inside)

Postby wildebelor » Wed Jul 30, 2014 10:01 pm

Man I love full picture threads, this was awesome!

Congratulations on have an awesome guitar
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Re: The Korinary (Warmoth strat. Full build inside)

Postby skullservant » Wed Jul 30, 2014 10:02 pm

Looks so good dude!!
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Re: The Korinary (Warmoth strat. Full build inside)

Postby UglyCasanova » Thu Jul 31, 2014 7:28 am

Thank you, guys!

ryan summit wrote:did you use the countersink bit just to clean up holes?
thats crazy you want it lookin nice even underneath components


Well, on the holes for the tuning machines there really wasn't a reason for me countersink, but on the body I did it so that the finish wouldn't crack as I screwed the screws in, as I like the holes to be as tight as possible (another 'that's what she said' for Chankgeez :lol: )

ryan summit wrote:is the body warmoth too?
my only complaint is the pickguard hides ANY wood
that grain and finish is unbelievable

Yes indeed. It was a showcase body. I was sold as soon as I saw it! You are not the only person to comment on the pickguard being too big. But for me a strat should always have a full pickguard, despite the grain being really purdy.

ryan summit wrote:its tough to get excited about strats
that thing is beutiful homey
you must be psyched as hell


I really like it! Pickups sound great, especially the SSL-5 combined with the fat 50 (there's a toggle switch to engange the neck pickup despite the position of the 5-way switch). Having put it together myself also makes it lots of fun to play. The only downside for me is the standard thin neck and the bigger frets (which I might work on getting smaller). I wanted to experiment with neck profiles and frets, but I have to admit that chunkier necks and smaller frets suit me better.
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Re: The Korinary (Warmoth strat. Full build inside)

Postby ryan summit » Thu Jul 31, 2014 10:21 am

i didnt mean to dis it at all
after all its a strat pickguard
hides all the routes im sure
i just meant its a shame to cover any of that wood
i know you had to
and you did exactly what i woulda done with the black
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Re: The Korinary (Warmoth strat. Full build inside)

Postby UglyCasanova » Thu Jul 31, 2014 12:15 pm

Ah, I see. I've just heard so many people asking me why I went with a full pickguard that I figured that it was what you meant :)
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Re: The Korinary (Warmoth strat. Full build inside)

Postby osbornkt » Thu Jul 31, 2014 2:30 pm

That is a gorgeous guitar! I'd kill for a guitar with wood grain like that. Damn good build quality, too, dude :thumb:
The neck pickup switch is smart. I may have to do that!
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