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Warmoth Custom Guitar Parts January 2013
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Neon Bodies

Neon Bodies

John Mayer has a pop song about it. Chris Young has a country song about it. But it took Warmoth Custom Guitars to put Neon on a guitar that sings it. Neon, neon, neon!

Be seen and heard. Go Neon!

Do you have a tremolo bridge that needs a new body for a home? Now you can put that on one of our neon guitar bodies. The color options have been added to our website for custom orders. Plus, we have several bodies in stock and ready to fill your order! Neon pink, orange, purple, blue or chartreuse (yellow) are the "new black" for 2013.

Why neon? Why not!

Over the past year, we've had several customers who requested neon finishes on their guitar bodies. We experimented with several different paint formulas before finalizing on these specific color options. They rock. They pop. They scream! And they are in stock.

Northern lights? Not quite.

But, we do make our custom neon guitar bodies in North America. In fact, we've been making guitar and bass bodies, as well as replacement guitar and bass necks, since 1980. Always "made in the USA" out of your choice of standard or exotic woods.

Take a look at our website and take your Neon home today!

Star Artist - Kevin Post

Kevin Post

Kevin Post is living the ultimate guitar journey. From a college kid writing tunes and touring with his band to the biggest stages in the world with Blake Shelton there's probably not much Kevin hasn't seen. And whether you catch him on one of those massive stages around the country or singing and playing songs off of his newest solo album, "Intoxicated & Broken Hearted," he'll more than likely be playing something from Warmoth Guitar Products.

Check out what's going on with Kevin and why he plays Warmoth

Floyd Rose Bridges

FloydRose

Back in 1977, Floyd Rose introduced a locking tremolo that changed the electric guitar forever! At Warmoth Guitar Parts, we are proud to carry Floyd Rose tremolos.

Many of rock's premiere guitarists have made Floyd Rose their weapon of choice. Eddie Van Halen took electric guitar to new heights and was one of the very first to sling a Floyd. Other early gang members included: Neil Schon, Brad Gillis, Vivian Campbell, Dweezil Zappa, Richie Sambora and Mick Mars. Metallica's Kirk Hammett, Ozzy's guitarist Gus G, Steve Vai, and Joe Satriani are dive bombing regulars. These are just a few of the players who bend strings with a vengeance, but remain in tune. That's part of the magic of a Floyd Rose.

Why does Warmoth offer the Original Floyd Rose® locking tremolo system?

In some language around the world, "Warmoth" can probably be translated to mean "quality." It's been part of our culture since we started in 1980. And it's part of the reason that customers continue to be loyal fans. Floyd Rose also maintains the quality and strict standards discerning guitarists have come to expect. Put the Original Floyd Rose® tremolo on a Warmoth custom guitar body and you get quality to the 2nd power!

The Original Floyd Rose® brand double locking tremolo is famous for deep diving bends and tuning stability! Your strings are locked at the bridge and at the nut allowing aggressive tremolo use with the confidence you'll come back in tune. Micro-tuners on the tremolo make for easy fine tuning adjustments. It features hardened steel construction throughout, a removable tremolo arm and original saddles for plain-end string anchoring.

Warmoth continues to evolve with new paints (see article about Neon Bodies), body styles, wood options, and neck configurations. Innovation also continues to be a hallmark of Floyd Rose. The offering is broader than ever! Ranging from the Original Floyd Rose® in chrome to several additional styles. We carry black and gold, in both right-hand and left-hand models.

Are you looking for a warmer sounding Floyd Rose? We also offer the Schaller licensed by Floyd Rose® tremolo system. It features fine tuners on the bridge, a removable tremolo arm and original type saddles for plain end string anchoring. This bridge is a Floyd Rose® and the main body is die cast with hardened steel inserts for fulcrum points. Sonically, this die cast design is slightly warmer sounding than the solid steel Original.

View our selection of Original Floyd Rose® bridges

Who Touched My Custom Order?

Who Touched My Custom Order - Kevin

Kevin began working at Warmoth in 1989. While he started by sanding bodies, over the past 20-plus years he's also installed frets in necks, shaped neck back contours, and even answered phones while the sales team was at NAMM. Today, Kevin is the Shop Floor Supervisor. In addition to working with his team of craftsmen, you'll find him laying out guitar and bass bodies or operating a CNC machine to create Warmoth products with tight tolerances.

"I have a great job," says Kevin. What he enjoys most is making custom guitars and basses for people. "I love knowing that I was part of creating a true one-of-a-kind guitar or bass for someone. When we're done with a custom order, it ends up in someone's hands as the only one like that in the world. I'm proud to say that I was a part of that."

He's not kidding. Warmoth makes custom guitar and bass parts for people every day. We have parts that we make in advance and customers can order from our "In Stock" inventory 24 hours a day. Additionally, customers can customize their orders from something as simple as a specific bridge rout to as complex as their own custom designed shape and contours.

Back when Kevin first started working at Warmoth, most of the routs were done manually. With the improvements in technology, those are done on the CNC machines at Warmoth today. It's allowed the company to increase production and improve consistency. That's important when you get an understanding of the increase in demand for Warmoth products world-wide.

"We're located in the same town as we were in when I started in 1989. We're still a small team, but today we fulfill orders for people all over the world!" Kevin's right. Warmoth products are US-made and world renowned."

When Kevin leaves home and goes on vacation, where will you find him? "Every summer, we go camping with a few other families to Leavenworth, Washington. It's great to get away and enjoy the outdoors." When he wants to get far away, you'll find Kevin vacationing in Hawaii. The Islands provide great weather, walks on the beach, great food, relaxation, and golf. At home, he's often found playing sports or attending his son or daughter's sporting events. This year, he's following his daughter's volleyball team at Montana Tech. American football is big for Kevin. During the 2013 Super Bowl, he'll be eating meatballs and snacking from the veggie tray while sitting in front of his big screen TV.

If Kevin could be a car, what would he be? A Lamborghini.

That's who touched your custom order.

Floyd Rose Site

Floyd Rose Site

Are you interested in technical specifications, a list of many well-known artists who use the Original Floyd Rose® tremolo and locking nut system, "how to" articles on using their products, and photos of some Floyd Rose bridges from the early years. Like Warmoth, they've been helping shredders, melodic instrumentalists, avant-garde players, and rockers get the sounds that make music personal.

How do I...? One of the questions we get about Floyd Rose tremolos is around tuning. Here's what the Floyd Rose website offers.

Tuning your Floyd Rose bridge is certainly a tricky business when the bridge is floating. This is because the total tension of the strings must balance the total tension of the tremolo springs with the base plate of the bridge parallel to the face of the guitar and with the strings tuned to the desired pitch. So, follow these steps and it will start to make sense.

Step 1:
Loosen the three string clamps at the nut.

Step 2:
Set your fine tuner screws on the bridge to the middle of their adjustment range

Step 3:
Tune the strings to your desired pitch (this can be drop tuning, open tuning, or standard pitch, the procedure is the same for any tuning) with an electronic tuner starting with the low 'E.'

Step 4:
When you have finished tuning all of the strings, check the tuning on the low 'E' again. If the low 'E' is now flat, re-tune the strings starting again with the low 'E' but this time tune the E, A, D, G, and B strings a little bit sharp, then the high 'E' to pitch. If the low 'E' is sharp, re-tune as just described only tuning the first five strings a little flat. You must tune the strings a little sharp or flat to get to your tuning because every time you change the tension (or pitch) of one string, the other strings change pitch in the opposite direction.

Step 5:
Repeat step 4 until all the strings are at the desired pitch.

Step 6:
When the strings are at the desired pitch, check to see if the bridge base plate is sitting parallel with the top surface of the guitar. If the base plate is tilted forward away from the body, you must tighten the tremolo springs tension by turning the spring claw screws clockwise and repeat step 4. If the base plate is tilted back toward the body, you must loosen the tremolo springs tension by turning the spring claw screws counterclockwise and repeat step 4. [Step 6 only needs to be done on initial setup of the bridge or if you change to another gauge of strings or change to a different tuning.]

Step 7:
When the bridge is sitting parallel to the face of the guitar and the strings are tuned to the desired pitch, re-clamp the three nut clamps and re-tune (if necessary) once again using only the fine tuners.

Step 8:
When tuning is complete, check the action of the strings off the neck. If your action is too high or too low, adjust the action with the two rocker screws (bridge pivot screws) using the 3mm Allen wrench. This adjustment will slightly change your tuning. If your fine tuners run out of range you must repeat steps 1 through 7.

For more tech tips, go to the Floyd Rose website.

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