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Haywire Custom Guitars-Neck Replacement and Back Contours

Haywire Custom Guitar neck replacement for your guitar!

The following three paragraphs are also in the “neck shaving” section as well but bear repeating here.

Neck replacement profiles  or 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,  picks, string gauge and speaker enclosures. 

Guitar Neck Back Contours

In a live playing situation “wood tones” in an electric guitar will become even less noticeable.  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, control and comfort with his instrument and not the thickness of a neck. You may need to consider neck replacement profiles to get the exact shape you need.
However,comfortaffects your playing ability, which is an important factor your in technique.  Neck tone is an issue that no empirical evidence has ever put to rest.

profile or grip shape of the neck

Start with finding a guitar you love to play with a neck that makes playing a joy.  Then, either send us the specs or simply send your neck to us at the Haywire Custom Shop and we’ll duplicate it for you. When searching for a neck ask us about neck replacement profiles for your maximum comfort and playing style.

Guitar Neck Back Contours

Back Contouris the profile or grip shape of the neck. 
How much wood does it take to fill up your hand?  Too little equates to quicker hand fatigue. Too much is even worse, you can’t reach around it.
Do you play thumb over? 
Check out your favorite guitar and compare its neck thickness, (fingerboard face to the back of the neck), to the ones below. Decisions on neck replacement profiles start here.


Standard Back Contours


1st fret

12th fret

Similar back contours

0.800″ 0.850″ Fender® American Standard Strat or Tele
1.0″ 1.0″ Vintage Tele® (52 Reissue)
1.0″ 1.0″ Vintage Fender® Deep U



Custom Neck
Back contours


1st fret

12th fret

Similar back contours

0.835″ 0.970″
Asymmetric contour
Early Fender® Stevie Ray Vaughn signature Strat
0.850″ 0.940″ Early Fender® Eric Clapton signature Strat
0.815″ 0.940″
Asymmetric contour
Peavey® Wolfgang®
0.750″ 0.820″ Ibanez® Wizard II neck
0.860″ 0.960″ 1959 Gibson® Les Paul

All product names of Neck replacement profiles used in this webpage are trademarks of their respective owners, which are in no way associated or affiliated with Haywire Custom Guitars, Inc. These trademarks of other manufacturers are used solely to identify the products of those manufacturers whose dimensions were studied during product development. In other words, credit where credit is due. Thanks to Warmoth Guitar Products for providing this very informative back profile chart.

We’ll help you with the following:

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In some cases, it may be better to replace a guitar neck rather than replacing the entire guitar. Cracking finishes, worn frets and warping fret boards are common ailments of guitar necks and replacing a bolt-on or bolt-in guitar neck is often a considerably less expensive option than repairing the damage or replacing the whole guitar.At Haywire, we are experienced builders of custom electric guitar and bass and have a large selection of standard classic and customized replacement parts for whatever your special guitar playing need  may require

When the time comes, Haywire Custom Shop can replace your neck for you.

We’ll help you with the following:

1-Help you decide on the best materials, neck replacement profiles for your technique, comfortable frets, finish and nut for your style. We can use your existing tuners or replace and upgrade them as necessary.

2 In performing a 4-axis alignment of the guitar neck your new guitar neck will be checked and adjusted to be true and straight to ensure proper alignment on all 4 axis.  This step ensures proper action and allows for more accurate and easier guitar tuning and playing.  A full set-up will then be performed in the following steps.


3 We level and polish the frets to insure that all of the guitar frets are level, eliminating any possibility of fret buzz due to unevenness.

profile or grip shape of the neck

4 Next, we radius the guitar strings.  Most guitar necks have a curved contour over the top of the neck called the radius. We adjust the strings to make sure the height of each string perfectly follows the contour of your guitar neck.  Finally, we determine the contour. We set the radius of the guitar strings. it’s time to adjust the overall height of the strings. They’re measured from the top of the frets to the bottom of the guitar strings accurately.

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5 At this point we can re-check the overall guitar string height. We also adjust the action all while maintaining the radius just created.  The truss rod adjustment is then able to be made here.  The strings will be parallel all the way down the fret board and neck straight.

6 Finally, the last step is to set the guitar intonation.  This step is done twice.  The intonation is set two times with a 24 hour “seat-in” period in between to allow the guitar to properly re-seat and settle in with the new adjustments. 

Ordering From Haywire Custom Guitars

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

The total Neck Replacement Option cost is only $75 plus return shipping and the cost of your neck.

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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