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Eagle Scouts Bertie Azqueta, 13, and Aidan Little, 16, work on the restoration
of a Vietnam War-era submarine. Warner volunteers at the National
Navy UDT-SEAL Museum heading local Eagle Scouts’ service projects.
75th anniversary of D-Day and dedicated to the U.S. Navy
SEAL Underwater Demolition Teams, which were garrisoned
in Fort Pierce and Maui. The body of the guitar is made of a
silver machine gun ammo box from the World War II era.
“I like building the tuner knobs of the guitars out of .45
casings or the backing plates out of old coins. But some of
the pick-ups and other electrical components I take off of old
guitars or buy from MGB,” Warner says.
Warner normally has about five to six donor guitars lying
around in his shop that he uses for parts. Many of the guitars
were given to him by friends, so he can modify them as he
“You go by scales when you’re building these. There’s
25 and ¼, 24 and ¾ scale. There’s bass guitars, short-scale
guitars, fretless,” he says. “So, I’m always trying to build different
The second guitar that he got into the National Blues
Museum was a guitar made from a Humo Cigar Box his late
Uncle Joe collected. Warner built it in honor of his life.
He also enjoys building ukuleles and has made some for
his fiancée, Michelle Anzola.
“I like to describe the sound as if Metallica moved to Hawaii,”
Warner says with a laugh.
Warner has a way of looking at something ordinary and
making it into something unique and useful that sounds
“Right now, I’m working on about 10 guitars and four ukuleles.
I’m also building an upright bass made out of a boat
horn and it stands at about 4 feet tall,” he says. “It’s pretty
funky and it will be the first bass that I’ve made.”
As if Warner did not already have enough of his free-time
accounted for, he also volunteers his craft to help Eagle
Scouts with their final projects at the National Navy UDTSEAL
Museum in Fort Pierce. He heads restoration and
maintenance efforts on the old boats and submarines kept at
“It’s not work if you love what you do. If I’m working on
boats every day, then it can afford me to play with guitars and
volunteer, too,” Warner says with a smile.
This article also appears in a recent edition of Indian River Magazine.