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Friday, March 22, 2019

Roasted Maple Necks

Roasted Maple Necks

Be Careful When Adding Roasted Maple Guitar Necks. While there are advantages such as being less expensive when no finish is required and the fact that the roasting process brings out a beautiful caramel color in the wood. There are drawbacks when adding a roasted maple necks.

“Roasted Maple” Necks May Have Issues…..

Remember the nature of a roasted maple neck is to be very brittle. Therefore, look closer at the roasted maple guitar neck than you normally do other necks, specifically the screw holes. It’s very interesting but can be a difficult problem if you are not aware of  the characteristics of the roasted wood. Screw threads on the neck plate screws can strip out in the neck holes. It’s caused by the roasted wood being so brittle that the insides of the holes are much more prone to strip out versus an standard kiln dried Maple neck. If you have ever worked with 100 year old wood then you know what you’re dealing with. Roasting ages and weakens wood significantly.

Roasted Maple Necks are Drier

Roasted maple necks undergo a longer hotter drying process which involves heating the wood to over 300 degrees. This removes more moisture from the wood. The supposition, of course is that the wood becomes lighter and much less susceptible to moisture and climate changes. It is also boasted that the process stabilizes the maple. There is a marked color change to a darker shade. I am not convinced it has the much touted, improved tone and increased sustain. Show me the empirical evidence first.
The stripping of the brittle wood screw threads inside the holes of a roasted maple guitar neck cause the screws to loosen their grip. Strings will pull with lots of pressure when in tune and can cause the screws to slip and the neck to pull away from the body-thus lifting the strings off of the fret board.
This will  cause higher action and make it much more difficult to play. Soon you will be “Fighting with your guitar”,  Eventually, the action will to be way too high to play.
When I set it the action on this guitar the last time before shipping, it was very low however the vibration and bumping of travel plus the tension of string pulling can cause the very slow release of the screw threads, screw slippage and thus higher action.This is all very imperceptible at first but will accelerate over time and causes lots of playing problems.
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Mr. Rick Mariner Owner and Founder and CEO of Haywire Custom Guitars Inc. He is a member of The Association of Stringed Instrument Artisans (A.S.I.A.) as well as a guitar player. Rick holds a bachelors degree from University of Md.and a Masters degree from George Washington University. Rick developed his exclusive 8 – Point “Gig- Ready” guitar process that allows for Custom Guitars that are “GIG-READY”. With Rick’s many years of development and guitar set-up experience, Haywire Guitar shop “Builds satisfied players… one Haywire guitar at a time”.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Loaded Replacement Guitar Body-Build Your Own Guitar!

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It takes skill, and not co-incidence, to properly install a neck on a guitar.  If you are planning to install a guitar neck or replacement guitar body you must be ready to make the necessary adjustments to make your neck and body fit together correctly. Because, you will not experience a successful project. If you know what you’re doing this is easy. If you feel that you might not have the skill in working with wood or guitar modifications, please don’t feel bad! Instead, send us your guitar body with your favorite strings and we will mount the neck on it for you for just $45.00 plus return shipping.
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About the Author:

Mr. Rick Mariner Owner and Founder and CEO of Haywire Custom Guitars Inc. He is a member of The Association of Stringed Instrument Artisans (A.S.I.A.) as well as a guitar player. Rick holds a bachelors degree from University of Md.and a Masters degree from George Washington University. Rick developed his exclusive 8 – Point “Gig- Ready” guitar process that allows for Custom Guitars that are “GIG-READY”. With Rick’s many years of development and guitar set-up experience, Haywire Guitar shop “Builds satisfied players… one Haywire guitar at a time”.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Acoustic Guitar Repairs

In general, how much do Acoustic Guitar Repairs repair cost?
Usually we can accomplish acoustic guitar neck repairs for under $250

Specifically, Head stock repair, neck repairs, guitar brace and crack repair

  • Guitar repairs to: Head stocks and
  • Crack, Brace repair
  • Similarly, guitar bridge repair and replacements
  • Guitar neck shaving, thinning , re-profiling and more…
Most importantly, We can fix broken guitar necks in less than a week for you.
In particular, acoustic guitars besides, electric guitars.
  • Haywire Custom Guitars features: Expert Electric and acoustic Guitar repairs. Also, upgrades, mods and fast service.  Serving Myrtle Beach in addition to Conway, Horry County and, of course, all of South Carolina. Experienced technician will keep your guitar playing the best it can play!  While it may be true, we build electric guitars. Our Custom Shop will also repair and modify other stringed instruments. Including our “One Day Urgent Care Guitar Repair“.  Set up an appointment today-call 843-347-5742
Guitar repairs for all guitars including: PRS, Ibanez, Jackson, Gretsch, Squier,
In addition: Gibson, Taylor, Fender, Martin, Guild, Seagull ,Yamaha, Ovation, Washburn, Epiphone, G&L, Rickenbacker, ESP, Schecter and many others.
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About the Author:

Mr. Rick Mariner Owner and Founder and CEO of Haywire Custom Guitars Inc. He is a member of The Association of Stringed Instrument Artisans (A.S.I.A.) as well as a guitar player. Rick holds a bachelors degree from University of Md. and a Masters degree from George Washington University. Rick developed his exclusive 8 – Point “Gig- Ready” guitar process that allows for Custom Guitars that are “GIG-READY”. With Rick’s many years of development and guitar set-up experience, Haywire Guitar shop “Builds satisfied players… one Haywire guitar at a time”.

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How To Communicate The Shape For Shaving Down My Guitar Neck


Guitar Neck Shaving

Haywire Custom Guitars Custom Neck shave before and after
Haywire Custom Guitars Custom Neck shave   before and after

QUESTION:

Hi Rick
I saw your website about your services including shaving down a guitar neck.
A couple questions:
How would I communicate the shape I wanted ?
Would I ship the whole guitar to your shop ?
How long would it take, approximately ?
Is the base price $135 plus return shipping ?
Thank you !

ANSWER:

Thank you for stopping by the website and taking time to inquire about Guitar Neck Shaving .
The best way to communicate what you need is to either work with specs from your existing neck or send a neck along with the one you’d like shaved. Ideally the sample neck you send should be what you’d liked duplicated on the neck to be shaved. We can duplicate anything.
If you want to work from your existing neck then move the strings and take thickness measurements with a digital caliper. We do this every time a neck comes in to the shop. Take the sample thicknesses from-1st fret   3rd     5th     7th      9th     12fth frets.
From those measurements we’ll be able to determine how much you need removed to make it a better playing neck for you.
Similarly, we use those thickness numbers to work from.

Here is a typical example of the info we share with you when we get your neck in the shop to be shaved:

The specs as it came in were as follows:

1st fret   3rd     5th     7th      9th     12fth

After a guitar neck shaving here are the new specs as follows:

1st fret    3rd      5th     7th      9th     12fth
In the same way, we can get the reduction as close as possible within a few thousandths of what you need removed.
There are other ways to communicate your desired result, such as simply: “I’d like a 20% reduction” and we can do that.
The more specific you can be the better the outcome. We can duplicate anything you send us as well.
The other consideration is the back profile and if you’d like it to stay the same or if you want a change.

Back Profiles

Guitar neck shaving, thinning or reshaping a guitar neck, re-profiling a guitar neck or shaping and duplicating guitar necks?
We do it all as a result, you feel more comfortable with your guitar.
Therefore, when you have a neck that you just love but it’s a bit too thick, we’ll shave it for you.  
“Just $135.00 plus return shipping back to you will get guitar neck shaving done to a thickness more comfortable for you.  
We’ll also replace the finish on the back to help preserve the wood and keep it smooth and beautiful. Best of all,
no waiting. We work on the neck as soon as it gets here. the turn around time is 2 days or less from when we receive it”.

2 things to remember when shipping to us:

Firstly, Ship with the US Post Office. They are less expensive and much more careful  with your packages from our experience.
Second, Forget buying “signature required” services. Our postal carriers know where to leave the neck safely and securely.
These two tips will save you money, save time by getting us the neck sooner and delivered safely.
“We are musicians working for musicians” Sincerely,Rick Mariner
Haywire Custom Guitars Inc.
Haywire Custom Shop2007 Lees Landing Circle-Conway, SC 29526
http://www.haywirecustomguitars.com
843-347-5742

We offer: Guitar Neck Replacement, Fret leveling, Nut filing
Custom Guitar Neck Contours, Custom guitar neck shaping, thinning, shaving and profiling


About the Author:

Mr. Rick Mariner Owner and Founder and CEO of Haywire Custom Guitars Inc. He is a member of The Association of Stringed Instrument Artisans (A.S.I.A.) as well as a guitar player. Rick holds a bachelors degree from University of Md.and a Masters degree from George Washington University. Rick developed his exclusive 8 – Point “Gig- Ready” guitar process that allows for Custom Guitars that are “GIG-READY”. With Rick’s many years of development and guitar set-up experience, Haywire Guitar shop “Builds satisfied players… one Haywire guitar at a time”.

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Who Here Has Had A Guitar Neck Shave?


Guitar Neck shaving in the Haywire Custom Guitars-Custom Shop
Guitar Neck shaving in the Haywire Custom Guitars-Custom Shop

Sometimes adding a new neck can be the better, faster, safer but not necessarily a cheaper option. A guitar neck shave?

We wouldn’t recommend doing it yourself, however if you have a neck that is too large for your hands, clumsy and uncomfortable for you then……….a guitar neck shave may be a better option for YOU.  It’s not a “one size fits all” world but most manufacturers only aim for the “average” players hands-not yours. Jimmy Page had the neck shaved on his 1960 Les Paul.  His Les Paul was shaved to a slim taper.  Sure the nut width may be different on some guitar models from either 1-5/8 to  1-11/16 on electric guitars. Acoustic guitars will sometimes have a wider nut width on the upper wider end such as 1-11/16 to 1-3/4 then to 1-7/8 inches on some models. The necks are generally the same.

What are your needs?

Let’s get back to YOU and your hands. If changing the nut width doesn’t do it for you then consider a guitar neck shave. In the realm of professionals it’s and easy job done regularly. We do it every day here in the Haywire Custom Shop. With the high cost of replacement necks in the neighborhood of around $250 ( for a used one) to $500 for a new one maybe the one you have just needs a tweak?  What do you think? It’s certainly worth a try especially if your not doing it.

Your neck is then shaved to the specs desired

The cost of a neck shave is very inexpensive compared to a new neck purchase. Consider the benefits. First, you can ship your guitar or just the neck to us, it will arrive in a day or two. We will work on it the day it arrives. The neck will be shaved to whatever specs you request. We always take measurements at the 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th 9th and 12th frets upon arrival. Your neck is then shaved to the specs desired. We’ll check the neck for any problems such as twisting and over or under bow as well as fret dressing on the ends if required.

After the neck is smoothed to a soft feel we add a great Satin finish to help preserve the wood for you at no extra charge. So, with the low cost of $135 vs. a new neck it’s worth going for a guitar neck shave. The turn-around time is 2 days then back home to you.

We offer: Guitar Neck Replacement, Fret leveling, Nut filing
Custom Guitar Neck Contours, Custom guitar neck shaping, thinning, shaving and profiling



About the Author:

Mr. Rick Mariner Owner and Founder and CEO of Haywire Custom Guitars Inc. He is a member of The Association of Stringed Instrument Artisans (A.S.I.A.) as well as a guitar player. Rick holds a bachelors degree from University of Md.and a Masters degree from George Washington University. Rick developed his exclusive 8 – Point “Gig- Ready” guitar process that allows for Custom Guitars that are “GIG-READY”. With Rick’s many years of development and guitar set-up experience, Haywire Guitar shop “Builds satisfied players… one Haywire guitar at a time”.

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