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Guitar Guarantees?

Why Do We Need Guarantees for our guitar parts, when building a guitar?
Is it because we don’t want to be responsible for the consequences of our decisions? Possibly because need to be able to blame someone else for our failures. Maybe we need to blame the “part” for our failed project instead of our lack of skills. Guarantees are safety nets similar to “insurance”. Therefore, we need guarantees to insure no loss of face for any poor decisions we make. So, now, are we ensuring our poor decisions based on our lack of skills?

NEW generations appear to have an abundance of people ill prepared for many things. Unlike many Americans in the past, most now are unskilled, with the exception of their two thumbs. In the area of guitar building. Most cannot complete basic building tasks. This is especially evident with guitar players desiring to “build” their own guitars. Most are simply “parts changers” and not really builders. Changing a neck from one guitar to another doesn’t make you a builder. They are geniuses, until something goes wrong. When that happens, they point fingers and blame someone around them. What they lack is maturity, skill and experience. When we have extra parts to sell in the Haywire Custom shop in all cases, we’ll add a disclaimer for parts changers. We want to remind them that we know they’ll have problems with their lack of knowledge, but we’re here to help.

The disclaimer we use is as follows:

“It takes skill, and not co-incidence, to properly install guitar necks and parts.  Therefore, if you are planning to install your own guitar necks, bodies and other parts you must be ready to make the necessary adjustments to make your neck and body fit together correctly.  If not, consequently, you won”t experience a successful project. When you know what you’re doing adding custom guitar parts is an easy task. Maybe, you feel that you might not have the skill in working with wood or guitar neck modifications, please don’t feel bad!  Instead, send us your guitar body with your favorite strings and we will mount the guitar neck on it for you for just $45.00 plus return shipping

A word of advice when building your own guitars. Be ready to make any adjustments necessary to make your project work. Do this with any guitar modification that you want to make. Prepare every project as necessary. Know the correct adjustments that make your guitar neck and body fit together well. If you know what you’re doing, it’s easy and, you need no guitar guarantees. If you don’t, then use it as a learning experience and learn. We all started with the first project. Don’t ask for guarantees, don’t complain and blame parts, sellers, manufacturers etc. Take responsibility for your own project, roll up your sleeves, and get to work and ask for assistance if needed.

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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