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Faster Guitar Neck

How to make your guitar neck play faster?

Send your neck to us at Haywire Custom Shop.  On Urethane and polyester finishes sometimes the sweat from your hand will slow you down. Even on some Lacquer finishes with a high shine this can occur.  Water between your hand and a high gloss finish can “grab” and suddenly stop you. It can be very irritating to be on your way to a great riff then get stopped!  So, what do you do?  Send it to us here at the shop. We will “Satinize” your finish so the grab from your hand sweat will not be nearly as noticeable. Contrary to some thinking, a matte or satin finish on a neck will feel and play much faster. It will allow for your hands to travel up and down the neck unimpeded. When the gloss is knocked off of the finish the stickiness will disappear.

Dirt on necks will slow down playing on a guitar neck

Some general housekeeping on your guitar will help it play faster.  Dirt combined with sweat can make it gummy. You can rub it out to make it more slippery and not as gummy and slow. Some lemon juice and salt will work. Mineral spirits will clean a neck too.Keep your instrument clean for better playing.

Action on the back of your guitar neck

We speak about the “neck action” often.  Action is referred to as: “the height of the strings above the fret board or distance from the top of the frets . It is also used to describe the general ease, feel and ability of a guitar to play effortlessly. However, these terms and descriptions refer to the front of a guitar neck. Rarely does anyone speak about the “action on the back of the neck”.  This kind of action is just as important as the action on the neck front on a guitar. Why? Well an often heard complaint is my neck is slowing me down. If the action solutions have been addressed on the top of or front of your guitar neck then what’s left?  Of course-the back!  That’s where we come in.  The Haywire Custom shop will address all concerns you have EVERYWHERE on your guitar. The neck profile finish is no exception.  So, let’s get you playing faster.

The relationship of neck back finish to playing speed


A satin finish is between a high shine and matte finish (no sheen).  Replacing the sheen is a great way to speed up the feel and action on the back of your guitar neck. Your fingers act like suction cups on a high sheen finish. Like frogs feet your fingers are more likely to stick on a glossy surface. Frogs prefer glassy and shiny surfaces such as windows. They can stick like glue on them. They’ll hang there for long periods of time. However they rarely stick to a non-shiny or matte surface. If they’re smart enough to know the difference-shouldn’t we be? The same principle applies to guitar necks. If you want a faster neck-with no sticking, then don’t add a sheen to the surface. Let us speed up the action on the front and back of your guitar neck.


When you have a neck that you just love but it’s a bit too sticky, we’ll fix it for you 

“Just $55.00 plus return shipping back to you will get guitar neck faster more comfortable for you.  
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” 
Rick Mariner
Haywire Custom Guitars Inc.
Haywire Custom Shop, 2007 Lees Landing Circle-Conway, SC 29526

Get: 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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