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A Guitar Neck Shave

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A Guitar Neck Shave

QUESTION: How Do I Communicate the Shape for a Guitar Neck Shave Shaving Down My Neck Profile and Changing it to a New One?

Hi Rick

I saw your website about your services including shaving down a guitar neck.

A couple questions:

How would I communicate the neck back shape and thickness I want?

Would I ship the whole guitar to your shop?

How long would it take, approximately?

Is the base price $135 plus return shipping?

Thank you!
Thank you for stopping by the website and taking time to inquire about Guitar Neck Shaving.
The best way to Communicate the shape for the guitar neck you’d like shaved for what you need is to either work with specs from your existing neck or send a neck along with the one you’d like shaved. Ideally the sample neck you send should be what you’d liked duplicated on the neck to be shaved. We can duplicate anything.
If you want to work from your existing neck, then move the strings and take thickness measurements with a digital caliper. We do this every time a neck comes into the shop. Take the sample thicknesses from-1st fret 3rd 5th 7th 9th 12fth frets.
From those measurements we’ll be able to determine how much you need removed to make it a better playing neck for you.
Similarly, we use those thickness numbers to work from.
Here is a typical example of the info we share with you when we get your neck in the shop to be shaved:
The specs as it came in were as follows:

1st fret 3rd 5th 7th 9th 12fth
.925 .947 .963 .977 .991 .101

After a guitar neck shaving here are the new specs as follows:

1st fret 3rd 5th 7th 9th 12fth
.829 .850 .890 .901 .904 .932

image profile of a guitar neck
Profile of a guitar neck (cross-section)

In the same way, we can get the guitar neck thickness reduction as close as possible within a few thousandths of what you need removed.

There are other ways to Communicate the shape for the guitar neck you’d like shaved, and therefore your desired result, such as simply: “I’d like a 20% reduction” and we can do that.

The more specific you can be the better the outcome. We can duplicate anything you send us as well.

The other consideration is the back profile and if you’d like it to stay the same or if you want a change.
Back Profiles
You can look at those here:
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. Your guitar can be setup better as comfort affects your guitar playing. Therefore, when you have a guitar neck that you just love but it’s a bit too thick, we’ll shave it for you. Either acoustic or electric guitar necks can be shaved. Neck replacement available as well.

“Just $135.00 plus return shipping back to you 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. Best of all, no waiting. We work on the neck as soon as it gets here. the turnaround 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” Sincerely, Rick Mariner
Haywire Custom Guitars Inc.
Haywire Custom Shop

2007 Lees Landing Circle-Conway, SC 29526

We offer: Guitar Neck Replacement, Fret leveling, Nut filing
Custom Guitar Neck Contours, Custom guitar neck shaping, thinning, shaving and profiling.

By | 2023-02-23T06:02:34-05:00 January 14th, 2023|Guitar Education|0 Comments

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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