Guitar Neck Shaving

Have you ever considered….

Electric & acoustic guitar neck shaving and reshaping to customize a guitar just for the way you play?

Firstly, when in the middle of a gig do you notice some hand fatigue?  In addition to, inability to reach notes or the feeling there’s something slowing you down?  Did you ever pick up a friends guitar and say to yourself, “I wish my guitar felt this good”.  And, have you found a guitar somewhere that looks exactly like your and had to go grab it to see what it felt like?  Most importantly, were you surprised?  Likely it didn’t feel like yours did it?  Players begin the customization process the very day they get a new guitar. Electric & acoustic guitar neck shaving is often desired but hardly attained without the proper resources.

Electric & acoustic guitar neck shaving and reshaping is often desired………

image Guitar for a child by Haywire Custom Guitars with shaved guitar neck
Guitar for a child by Haywire Custom Guitars shaved guitar neck

There are many possibilities for better playing guitars.  For example: a neck that allows you to change the scale length of your 25-1/2″ Fender scale guitar.  Consider the shorter Gibson scale of 24-3/4″. This kind of customization shortens the distance between frets and lowers string tension for easier, quicker playing.  Thought about it?  Never heard about it?  It’s very attainable for any player who is desiring a change. Some players  need a change as in guitar neck reshaping but can’t really verbalize what they need.  Equally important, we’ll often hear, “this guitar is uncomfortable, it’s hard to play, my hands ache after a while or I can’t play as fast as I want to. The spectrum of player comfort is extremely wide.

The spectrum of player comfort is extremely wide…..

Guitars are manufactured for “sales” not your comfort. Further, most companies build in the middle of the spectrum to “general players” with “average hands” with “average” needs.  Similarly, they  do not take into account comfort or needs of players “outside” the middle of the spectrum.

In fact, if your an average guy, with average hands and middle of the road in every way-you’ll be fine with an general off-the-rack guitar built for average sales produced by almost every guitar company. As a result, because of your style differences, hand size, physical limitations, unusual playing style you don’t fall in the “middle of the spectrum”.

Electric & acoustic guitar neck shaving and reshaping an existing guitar neck

image Guitar Neck shaving, Reshaping A Guitar Neck in the Haywire Custom Guitars-Custom Shop
Guitar Neck shaving in the Haywire Custom Guitars-Custom Shop for max hand comfort.

As a result, we can help.  Furthermore, reshaping an existing guitar neck can be the best customization ever for you and your guitar neck. Especially, in particular, your guitar neck contour or back shape of the neck is important for optimum play-ability and hand comfort.  $135 plus return shipping may be the best money you ever spent on your guitar. Call us 843-347-5742 or email us : haywire@sccoast.net

In conclusion, you’ll need help to determine which guitar neck reshaping process works best for your playing comfort. Think about a comparison with a neck you know that you already prefer. Above all, if you know what you need then you’re 90% there then we can get you all the way there. Compare the dimensions of the neck you’d like to change to those of your “favorite” neck for a start.  In brief, a set of digital calipers is all you need to do that!

Guitar neck shaving, thinning or reshaping a guitar neck, re-profiling a guitar neck or shaping and duplicating guitar necks? We do it all as a result, you feel more comfortable with your guitar. Therefore, if you have a neck that you just love but it’s a bit too thick-we’ll shave it for you.  $135.00 plus return shipping to your door will get guitar neck shaving done to a thickness more comfortable for you.  We’ll also replace the finish on the back to help preserve the wood and keep it smooth and beautiful.

Electric & acoustic guitar neck shaving:

What is Your Preference?

A Thin Neck or Thick Neck ?

Neck thickness should be chosen for what best fits your hands, not the “tone” it has.  Furthermore, 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, pickups to speaker enclosures.

Guitar Neck Shaving Is A Viable Option For Maximum Comfort

In a live playing situation “wood tones”  in an electric guitar will become even less noticeable.  Let’s say everything is equal and the guitar is perfectly in tune and intoned.  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. Most of all, high gain electric guitar tone is very much dependent on a players technique and comfort with his instrument and not the thickness of a neck. Therefore, guitar neck shaving is a viable option for comfort.

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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