Guitar FAQs

In our Custom Shop we get guitar FAQs every day from players. They want to know about repairs, parts, prices and about what we offer as far as repairs. Here are a few of those questions.

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Alex: I want to send it to you for your complete set up. Which I believe is $89?

Haywire Custom Shop: Yes, complete setup, send your favorite strings and I’ll add those too! I will add your neck, neck plate and screws, and string trees, in addition: align neck on all 4 axis, set outside string margins, level all your frets, re-crown frets, polish them, check and adjust truss rod and add whatever gauge strings you include. Will set up action to your specs, then set intonation and send it back to you for just $89.
Await payment of body until I get the neck. The turn around time will be about one day . Then I’ll notify you by sending an invoice for the body, plus shipping and adding neck. So,….. About a day after I get the neck, I’ll be able to ship back home to you.
I’ll let you know.
Alex, send your neck to: Haywire Custom Shop-USA
2007 Lees Landing Circle, Conway, SC 29526
I’ll get started on it right away for you.
“We’re musicians working for musicians-Thanks for letting us work for you”!
Best Regards,
Rick

Some more …..Guitar FAQs

Hi Rick,
I’m LOVING your Jazzmaster I saw listed, it’s almost exactly what I’m looking for. I just wanted to know if a pick guard could be installed on it?
Thank you,
Aaron

Hi Aaron, Thanks for dropping by. Sure can. No problem.

Hi there,
I am in possession of a ’83 Fender Stratocaster and itś got a Haywire serial number HYWR 060226. I was wondering if it is possible to get some more details about the job that was done on this black beauty.I live in the Netherlands and I am a bit curious about this guitars history.
Hope that you can give me some info, thanks in advance

Grtz Gerard Vester
Callantsoog, Netherlands

Hi Gerard ,

Thank you for taking time to write.
 We had a flood in 2018 and lost records, however I’m sure I can tell you a lot by looking at some photos of your guitar.
Please send some and I’ll let you know more about it.
 Regards,
 Rick Mariner
 Haywire Custom Guitars
https://haywirecustomguitars.com

Can you re-shape a head stock?

Hey Rick! I have an idea I’d like to run by ya….I’m not sure if this is possible, or If it would be good to do, but I have a seagull acoustic that I love the tone of…..However, I hate the look of the headstock! What are your thoughts about making a new headstock for it???

Kevin

Haywire Custom Guitars-Custom Shop <haywire@sccoast.net> wrote:
Absolutely! Can do!
 Just tell me what you want to see and I’ll do it for you Kevin!
 Rick

Subject: Guitar Neck Reshape

I have an old 1993 Epiphone Sheraton II that I’m thinking about having reshaped. I also dig the feeling of Tru-Oil and Wax vs. the current gloss finish.
What info would you need to get some ideas rolling.
My only complaint really is the bass side has a somewhat pronounced shoulder. It seems more C shaped on the treble side than bass.
I love the C shaped necks of both my Stratocaster and D’Angelico Deluxe SS. I suspect the Strat is larger than the Epiphone, but it’s more comfortable to me anyway. Thanks, Ryan

Got it Ryan. Can do!  If the thickness of the the neck profile feels alright, then Yes it’s a should er problem.
 I can take down the shoulders and Tru-Oil and Wax it for you for and overall better result.
 I think you’d be very happy with it.

 “We’re Musicians Working for Musicians”

Sincerely,


Rick Mariner
Haywire Custom Guitars Inc.
Haywire Custom Shop
2007 Lees Landing Circle
Conway, SC 29526
http://www.haywirecustomguitars.com

Broken Gibson Head Stock

Hi,
My name is Stacy
I’m looking into the possibility of restoring a ’94 Gibson Les Paul standard.
It’s in rough shape, the head stock broke at the neck back in ’08 and at the time I didn’t have the money to fix it.  So it sat in it’s case for the next decade.
Work needed:1. Head stock glue and refinish 2. Possible nut replacement3. Fret work, some are a bit rusty and they all need to be leveled.4. The bridge shows some rust and probably needs to be replaced5. Toggle switch is rusty and needs to be replaced6.  Pickups show some rust, not sure if they need to be replaced.
I’ve got an idea of the cost of the parts, If I were to supply replacements for the pickups, toggle switch and pickups, could you please give me a rough estimate of the repair work?

Guitar FAQs: Repair Broken Head Stock

Al asks: Can you install a 1.75″ nut width neck on my guitar body?

Yes, I sure can Al. Do you have a specific neck that you’d like to send me for install or would you prefer that I build one? Either way it would be a pleasure to help you. I can build one, add tuners, hand cut and install the nut, completely finish it, level the frets and adjust the truss rod for $289. If you send your own neck to be installed the setup is $89 and if you purchase one of our 1.75″ nut width necks, we’ll give you a $50 credit making the install only $39.

If you already have it, send your neck to:
Haywire Custom Shop-USA
2007 Lees Landing Circle, Conway, SC 29526
I’ll get started on it right away for you.

Thanks for contacting us!
“We’re musicians working for musicians-Thanks for letting us work for you”!
Best Regards,
Rick

I will add your neck, neck plate and screws, and string trees, in addition: align neck on all 4 axis, set outside string margins, level all your frets, re-crown frets, polish them, check and adjust truss rod and add whatever gauge strings you include. Will set up action to your specs, then set intonation and send it back to you

Hi Stacy,

Thanks so much for taking time to write me and asking my assistance on this very worthy project. Yes, that is high on the list of guitar FAQs.

Sure thing, I would very much appreciate the opportunity to help you and give you a rough estimate of the repair work.

From what I can see in the photos, the Les Paul will need a neck repair, cleaning, some paint and finishing work.
As well as, a fret level, re-crown, polish and truss rod adjustment. 
If you would like to supply the parts that you want replaced I’ll add them as I go. I can re-wire as necessary, check all grounds including testing all electronics, and if you’ll include your favorite strings I’ll add those with a full setup with any action feel you want. Super low-High and anything in between for you.

Any special wiring that you’d like Stacy, simply include a wiring diagram of what you like best and I’ll do that too.
Assuming no surprise broken parts when re-building your guitar my rough labor estimate would be about $375
plus return shipping to you.
Turn around time when I have all the parts together, ready to go, would be in about 3 days, then back home to you.

If that sounds fair to you just let me know when you’d like to start and I’ll fill you in on the address, best way to ship, how to pack etc.

Best Regards,

Rick Mariner

Haywire Custom Guitars Inc.

Haywire Custom Shop 843-347-5742

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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