I first started building guitars... because of the realization that I had a set of skills to offer the guitar players around me who did not have those skills. When someone contacts the Haywire Custom Shop to re-build a guitar or do a set up they still have the same feeling that a doctor has about operating on his own child. It’s hard to let go of your guitar-even for some needed updating and modifications. So, trust is the key. Once the player has faith that we care and will do a good job then the process begins in earnest.
Players are kept in the loop and informed with progress on their custom guitar all along the way. Sometimes they think of things they want to do but forgot to ask.
One of the main functions of a Custom Guitar Shop should be to hit the target the first time by building as close to a perfect instrument as possible! At Haywire our aim is getting better every day! The job is only complete when you are completely happy with your guitar because you'll use it every day.
Your guitar needs to be comfortable and light-weight enough to play for hours at a time in any situation without fatigue. The sound has to be clear and tone-great. It has to be built to withstand the rigors of being on the road whether touring or playing in local venues. It has to feel good to you when you play it.
The action and feel need to be consistent all the way down the neck so you won't be forced to alter your playing technique as you travel around on the fret board. A guitar players instrument needs to be in tune on every fret.
We pay careful attention to the intonation settings. It has to look good for you and represent your sense of style. The finish has to last for a long time to protect the wood from absorbing moisture from the atmosphere as well as sweat from direct contact with hard working hands.
The neck needs to have a truss rod that is easy to adjust for seasonal variations in temperature as well as the ability to transmit sound and add extra sustain for players. Strings added need to be a comfortable gauge without too much resistance thus making it easier to push down to the crown of the frets.
These are just some of the things that we think about every day to make your custom guitar exactly right for the guitar player who needs a great instrument for his or her passion-PLAYING GUITAR!!
We're building satisfied players..... One Haywire Guitar at a time!!