A box arrived today. About time, too; bought it on eBay, and it took the seller an age to ship it, and then he didn't even get a real tracking number or anything.
The worrying part was all this "REWRAPPED - RESEALED - IN THE USPS" tape around it... and the pretty substantial hole punched in it.
Luckily, the contents were undamaged:
Pretty, huh? It's a Warmoth Warhead 7/8 Strat!
After coming from Lousiana, it needed a truss rod tweak. After that, though, the action was still a little high... and the bridge was bottomed out. Uh oh. I figured I'd have to shim the neck, although the truss rod tweak lowered the action a fair bit.
However, a larger problem presented itself when I went to actually play the thing. It was hideously out of tune, and the intonation was WAY off.
First of all, it has 22 frets... which should have set off some alarm bells, as the Warhead necks are only available in 24 frets. But the seller had mentioned in the listing that it was custom made by Warmoth, so I wasn't sure if it was some hidden option or something.
So I broke out the tape measure.
Um... well, there's the problem.
So, looks like I'm going to have to order a new neck. Pity, too. The Warmoth "Wizard" profile is nothing like the paper thin or hard-shouldered Wizard or Wizard II necks; it's much closer to a good Jackson or Charvel ProMod profile. It's very comfy, the frets feel great, the nut is cut well, and the tuners are fantastic.
But, the bottom line is that it doesn't actually fit the guitar. I've contacted the seller, and we'll see what he has to say. If not, well... anyone want a nice 24 3/4" Strat conversion neck? It'll fit anything BUT a 7/8 Warhead Strat!
That totally blows ass! Sorry that happened to you man....