Warmoth “N4” Part V

Now the the finish is mostly done, it’s time to begin assembling the guitar.

Installing the tuners was really easy. Line ’em up and drill the pilot hole for the screw.

How far should screws go in the neck?

Since I shaved down the heel joint significantly, I knew I’d need shorter screws. To figure out the proper length I used my Warmoth strat to measure the screw length. I purchased stainless steel sheet metal screws from Home depot. These are the closest match I could find for both the threads and the head. I used three different lengths ranging from 1.5″ to 1″.

These are the lengths of the screws I used.
I checked the depth like 20 times because I really didn’t to mess up this neck.
Here’s the back w/ the first piece of copper shielding in place.

I used conductive paint on two other guitars and I wanted to try some foil in this one. I found some copper tape w/ a conductive adhesive on Amazon. I found the foil very easy to install. I did check the continuity  with my multi-meter to make sure the adhesive was really conductive.

Not bad for my first foil job. The plugs are really visible here.
Pictured with the back plates covered in foil.

Installing the bridge and Tremol-No claw was as simple as installing the two screws and attaching the springs.

Finally I was able to bolt on the neck and clip-lock strap ends.
Here’s a quick shot of the front w/ the neck installed.

These pictures show a good comparison for how the heel joint ended up. It’s quiet similar in appearance and feel to the Anderson I measured.

 At this point I strung it up for a test drive. The guitar is acoustically loud, which is always a good sign in an electric guitar. These necks need to sit w/ some tension on them for a bit before they settle in. Just like my other warmoth projects, this one was very “slappy” sounding for about a day. It was still fun to play, and I felt much better that the slaps went away quickly. 

….and finally I added another wall hanger for my new guitar.  I’ll start to get into the electronics in the next post.

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