Warmoth Custom Jazzmaster w/ Curtis Novak Wide Range 2020 Transparent Red
[SOLD Dec 2020]
This is a Custom Warmoth/Curtis Novak Jazzmaster that I built in 2020. This is an extremely premium instrument that will require some explanation. Below you can find the specs on the body and neck; no expense was spared. The body is a spectacular flamed maple on mahogany, chambered and top-bound with F-hole. The neck is Goncalo Alves, and is one of the lowest-friction necks I have ever played.
The only parts that are not new are the Curtis Novak pickups, which I renovated to add cloth wire (these came to me with regular poly wiring, not sure if Curtis used that in the past, and I added the red cloth wire “tap” to achieve a single coil option. Tuners are Hipshot locking–and no holes were drilled in the headstock on install; I installed with the no-screw Hipshot sleeves.
“Full Dual-Path” Wiring
The electronics deserve particular mention. I have included some photos of the build. First, all my builds I cage all the electronics in copper shielding, and I use Gavitt pull-back cloth wiring.
The rhythm electronic circuit here does not operate like a traditional jazzmaster circuit.
The upper switch takes both pickups to single coil and uses the upper volume & tone.
Upper switch in lower position takes both pickups to full humbucker and uses the lower volume & tone.
As you can see from the photos, the upper rhythm circuit uses a 4-pole, double-throw switch to achieve this.
I am not aware of any other jazzmaster that previously used this wiring.
It’s a useful wiring scheme, much more useful than the the standard “mud” setting.
More complete information on the wiring schematic can be found on the Mirovox website here:
Both the double coil and single coil circuits have treble bleeds installed.
This is custom-shop level wiring that I personally spent about 5 hours on.
A Note on the Vibrato
This guitar is intended as a player’s guitar, and I chose with this build to bypass the troublesome Jazzmaster bridge and vibrato in favor of the technically superior Gotoh 510; in Gotoh’s words, they pursue “goal of greater tremolo functionality”. This 510 is a steel saddle with the FST feature, which uses fewer bends. I have jazzmasters with traditional bridges, this 510 stays in tune better. Plus you see more of that flamey maple on the body.
Model: Chambered Jazzmaster®
Orientation: Right handed
Wood: Flame Maple on Mahogany
Rout: Top Rout
Pickup Rout: Standard Jazzmaster®, None (Middle), Standard Jazzmaster®
Bridge: Gotoh 510 Tremolo
Stud Install: No Stud Install
Jack Rout: No Side Jack Hole
Neck Pocket: Strat® Shape
Mounting Holes: Standard 4 Bolt
Contours: / Tummy Cut / Forearm Contour
Binding: Pearloid Binding
Top Finish: Red Dye
Back Finish: Black
Finish Type: Gloss Finish
Construction: Modern Construction
Orientation: Right Handed
Neck Wood: Goncalo Alves
Fingerboard Wood: Ebony (Black)
Nut Width: 1-11/16″
Back Shape: Standard thin
Fret Size: 6150
Tuner Ream: Schaller (25/64″)
Radius: 10-16″ Compound
Fret #: 21
Mounting Holes: Standard 4 Bolt
Pre-Cut Installed String Nut: GraphTech White TUSQ XL – Standard Nut
Inlays: White Pearloid Blocks
Side Dots: White Side Dots
I am selling this guitar for slightly less than the cost of all parts. I am trying to keep myself to 10 guitars and I have more builds on the way.
The guitar will ship without a case from Austin TX.