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Saturday, November 4, 2017

Why doesn't the tone control work for the bridge-only pickup on my Stratocaster?

Why doesn't the tone control work for the bridge-only pickup on my Stratocaster?

It works on a few, approximately 1% of Stratocaster guitars whether made by Fender or by Squier, or Affinity, Fender Japan, Fender Taiwan, Fender Mexico, American (circa 1991) or Fender China and more have no tone control on the bridge pickup. The tone controls do work for the other four switch positions.

Does this mean your Stratocaster is defective?

No, just a design that was only meant to please the inventor, Mr. Leo Fender.

Leo wanted a pickup position that sounded similar to a steel guitar. So now, the bridge pickup selection has no tone control wired to it whatsoever and no one at Fender Corp. since then has seemed to notice. They have failed to hear what guitarists for years have asked. Can we simply have a tone control on our bridge pickup?

Next time your guitar goes in the shop for any "tweak" whatsoever, ask the tech to put the tone back on the bridge for you. Most likely he'll do it. It's an easy fix. Stop in and see Haywire Custom Shop when you're in Myrtle Beach and we'll fix yours while you wait. 15 minutes and it's done.

The fix is in the highlighted area

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Haywire Custom Shop-Guitar Neck Adjustment Information

Haywire Custom Guitars Neck Adjustment Information

How to straighten your guitar neck with an adjustable truss rod 
The neck of your guitar is adjustable.  It has been made of selected hardwood, and it is kiln-dried to insure proper curing.  The adjustable rod both strengthens the neck and facilitates adjustment of a bowed neck.
Because all guitar necks are subject to great stress as a result of string tension and seasonal change, there are times when a neck could take on a slight bow (or warp) or neck hump.  This will rarely occur.  However, if it does, there is no cause for alarm if you follow the procedure below for proper correction. 

Angled Headstock style of adjustable truss rod (above)

Loosen all strings (it is not necessary to remove strings from guitar).  Pull loose strings to one side so free access to neck adjuster can be gained.
Remove cover (if it has one) so neck adjuster is exposed.  Generally it's an Allen screw or a hex nut.
Sight down the neck from the top (as sighting a down the barrel of a rifle) in order to see just how much of a bow or hump the neck has taken.  Hold the neck up at eye level and sight along the edge of the fingerboard on both treble and bass sides.  It best to place a straight edge on the neck during this process. There are special ones made with cut outs for the frets called a Notched Straightedge below.


 If neck is bowed, tighten the adjustable nut  clockwise    
 If neck has hump, loosen the adjustable nut  counter-clockwise 

Place Allen key or hex  wrench on guitar neck adjustment nut and turn very gently (small fractions of a turn at a time).  Keep checking the neck as you proceed with each nut turn.  Once the neck is straight give the adjustment nut a very slight added turn to compensate for the tension the loose stings will add once they are installed and tuned.  TIGHTEN  for " BOW " and LOOSEN  for HUMP. 
Special Note: Be careful not to tighten the nut too much  ( i. e. when it becomes hard to turn ), because it could result in stripping the threads or perhaps even breaking the truss rod. 

Below: see example of a end of the guitar neck Heel or Buttend type-truss rod adjustment 

On certain models of Solid Body Guitars the adjustment of the truss rod is made at the lower end of the fingerboard called the Heel or Butt  End. The procedure of adjustment on those is same as above, follow the same pattern of correction as outlined.
If there is string buzzing after you are certain the neck has been straightened, locate the fret at the playing position that causes the buzz. Lower the fret by gently tapping with hammer.  If necessary, file fret down, level and re-crown it.

The New Gotoh Side-Adjuster
for Warmoth Pro Guitar Necks




For easy and convenient truss rod adjustment

To make truss rod set-up and adjustment more convenient, Warmoth "Pro" Construction necks feature the Gotoh side adjustment mechanism. Inserted between the usual truss rod adjustment nut at the heel and the truss rod, this ingenious device uses inclines and wedges to adjust the rod tension. Initial set-up is still accomplished at the traditional butt end but future small adjustments are then conveniently done on the side of the neck.
Unfortunately Gotoh does not offer these mechanisms left handed. Lefty Warmoth "Pro" necks only offer heel adjustments on straight necks, and peg-head adjustments on angled necks.

For easy and convenient truss rod adjustment

The factory setting is with the side adjustment mechanism centered within its operating range. To adjust your neck for the first time, use the following steps:
Neck Adjustment Procedure 
  1. Tighten the slotted heel-adjust nut (See A) until the fingerboard is perfectly flat (has no forward curve.) This should cause the side adjust nut to be recessed into the heel approximately 1/16" (1.6mm).
  2. Attach the neck and tune the strings to pitch.
  3. Detune strings and make necessary relief adjustment using side-adjust nut
    (See B)
     and allen wrench. Repeat as necessary.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Have Your Guitar Neck Shaved for A Better Playing Experience

    Uncomfortable with The Feel of Your Current Guitar Neck? Want it To Play Like Your All-Time Favorite?

Ever Have Your Guitar Neck Shaved for A Better Playing Experience?    

Maybe It's Time?

Just one day on our bench..... then back to your door will get your neck shaved to a thickness for more comfort only $135 plus return ship.

 We’ll also replace the finish on the back to help preserve the wood and keep it smooth and beautiful.

 Neck tone is an issue that no empirical evidence has ever put to rest. However, comfort  does affect your playing ability and technique which is what matters most in finding and maintaining your tone. Start with finding a neck that makes playing a joy and enhances your technique in a way that allows you to play your best, then: Find the best amp that suits your ear for the tone you like. However other factors to consider are pickups, effects, speaker enclosures, volume, venue, room size, string gauge, etc.

Neck thickness should be chosen for what best fits your hands, not the "tone" it has.  That should be the major consideration in the choice of your new neck. The timbre of a fat neck is noticeable. However, most of the tone comes from your playing technique-not the wood.
On an electric guitar  tones are affected by everything from the pickups and amplification to pedals, pickups to speaker enclosures.

In a live situation "wood tones"  in an electric guitar will become even less noticeable.  Let's say everything is equal and the guitar is perfectly in tune and intoned.  The overall sound of your guitar may be noticeably affected by a fatter/ thicker neck but generally only when you are playing without the guitar plugged in to an amp.  So...remember high gain electric guitar tone is very much dependent on a players technique and comfort with his instrument and not the thickness of a neck.


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If you would like to order this or any other custom guitar, please contact us and we will be happy to discuss your guitar neck shave needs.



Saturday, August 26, 2017

Haywire Custom Guitars info about guitars, guitar neck shaves, guitar terms, guitar improvements, guitar modifications, guitar repairs

Haywire Custom Guitars Blog-A blog about guitars,Haywire guitars custom shop, guitar neck shaves, guitar terms, guitar improvements, guitar modifications, guitar repairs, guitar necks, guitar bodies, custom guitars,electric guitars, Fender guitars, Stratocasters, Telecasters guitar tips and guitar resources.Great Tips and Ideas for Guitar Players!,,

Welcome to Haywire Custom Guitars-- guitar blog!
While working on guitars, I have found great satisfaction in figuring out how things work, why they work, and how they might be able to work better. Through the years, I’ve been very fortunate in meeting some wonderfully skilled and knowledgeable people that have been kind enough to share their knowledge and expertise with me. In the beginning, I often wondered why some of these people were willing to spend so much of their own time to share their experiences, but as I became older and more experienced myself, the answer to my question became simple as I realized how gratifying it was to share knowledge and experience with others.  
Guitars are fun, and this blog is an opportunity to share some of the things that I’ve learned over the years with everyone. If you’ve ever wanted to know a bit more about all things related to guitars, take some time to browse through the different articles in the blog.
If there is a particular subject that you might want to know more about, but can’t find it in the existing articles, send me an email about what it is so that I can add the information to The Haywire Custom Guitars blog.
Thank you for checking out Haywire Guitar Info.  I hope you find the information useful to you, and find the experience of learning about guitars enjoyable.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

A Word About Guitar Cases.............

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Usually at Haywire Custom Guitars we ship our guitars without a case but we pack the instruments very well. The reason for this is because shipping rates have gotten very high. The extra weight and new rules for dim (dimensional weight) weight add lots of extra "balloon" charges to a guitar which can sometimes double the cost of shipping.  Just like insurance, a case does not guarantee perfect delivery. I have photos from UPS to prove that. We don't want to see our customers pay hard earned money and get very little value for it.
We would rather see our customers save their money on the expense of extra shipping and spend it to buy a case on the other end after they receive their new guitar from the Haywire Custom Shop. They can benefit from all of their purchase money instead of handing some of it it over to the shippers. A good used case is not expensive and will do the job just fine. Some of the players we build guitars for are on the road 24-7 and when in smaller vehicles they have to use gig bags to cut down on taking up too much space.  So, before you opt for or feel as if you need a  "new case" for your guitar think about how it will fit in your life-style.
In the 1950-1969 era when guitars began to sky rocket in sales, cases were generally included with a new purchase.  In 1969 I remember seeing a new Telecaster with a hard shell case for sale in a local music store for $200. Today you can pay close to that just for a guitar case.  Since cases are no longer always "free" with purchase take time to ask yourself if you really want to get saddled with carrying a big heavy case to a gig every night. Maybe a gig bag will work just fine.
 Make sense? 
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 Rick Mariner
Haywire Custom Guitars Inc.
Haywire Custom Shop
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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Haywire Custom Guitars #1 Guitar Players Blog: Do You Really Want to Be A Guitar Player?

Haywire Custom Guitars #1 Guitar Players Blog: Do You Really Want to Be A Guitar Player?: Being a guitar player involves more than just playing songs for an audience. It's a job and like any job there are some tasks as lea...

Do You Really Want to Be A Guitar Player?

Being a guitar player involves more than just playing songs for an audience. It's a job and like any job there are some tasks as learning songs, performing flawlessly, being on time, having a great attitude and mechanical adjustments and maintenance of your tools. The main tool being your guitar, of course.

Adjustments can—-and should—-be made periodically to suit your playing style, and it's essential every electric guitar player should be able to do these basic tasks. Do you drive a car? Can you change a tire? Can you adjust the seat? Can you check the oil and air pressure in the tires? Can you put gas in the tank? Most likely you don't go to the dealer to have these basic things done so why not learn some routine operations on your guitar rather than sending it back or having some else do it? Learning how to change your own strings is a good start, as well as a few other helpful guitar housekeeping tasks. Learning how to set up your guitar properly will make it sound better, make it easier to play, and could possibly improve your playing!

Guitar fret buzz can be an annoying problem for any guitar player. It's very normal for a well setup low action electric to have some minor buzzing. Keep in mind ... if the guitar plays great for you and the buzz is minimal and you can't hear it through the amp then leave it alone. If not, simply raise the action until it's gone. It's not difficult. You can learn how to do it. Empower yourself. Learning some tips for eliminating and fixing guitar fret buzz can make you a more satisfied musician. Be a responsible player and ask good questions to make yourself a better and more valuable player.

Fret buzz is what happens when one or more strings are too close to the frets. The only fret a string should actually touch is the one being played. If it touches any others as it vibrates, it makes an annoying buzzing sound. A little fret buzz is hard to avoid if you like low action. You may need to adjust the string saddles to increase string clearance over the first frets. If you do this yourself, make your adjustments in small increments so you don't raise your action more than necessary.

If you take your time and work deliberately, you should have no trouble making basic adjustments and keeping your guitar in top playing condition. It is up to you, the player, to fine-tune the action on your guitar to fit your personal style. Your string height should be set so your guitar is perfectly tailored to your playing style. Learning HOW to do some basic operations is as important a part of being a guitar player as is as getting along with the others with whom you play. You really want to be a guitar player? Are you sure? Some things you just have to do whether you want to or not--sorry, it's part of the job. Learn some housekeeping, and you'll empower yourself to be a better player and a REAL player instead of a Diva.

When changing strings:
Remove, replace, and tune up one string at a time-—keeping tension on the neck as you go. Never detune or remove all the strings at once. The truss rod is designed and adjusted to provide counter tension to the strings. Removing that tension suddenly can damage or warp the neck. The vast majority of minor buzzing issues are down to playing technique. If your strings only buzz on the frets when you play hard it's normal and no adjustment is necessary.

Sure there are some things that you feel may be beyond the scope of basic maintenance for the average player, but why be average? If you're not experienced with truss rod adjustment let a professional do the tweaking. The same goes for fret filing and crowning, bridge and saddle work, nut adjustments, and so on. Many a guitar has been damaged by wannabe luthiers. Some guitar repair jobs can be done cheaply and easily at home. Instead of chasing around for the perfect guitar, try to find a great guitar tech and take their advice and ask how you can help yourself. You want to be a guitar player, right?  Be one all the way.

Rick Mariner
Haywire Custom Guitars Inc.