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Thinning a Guitar Neck

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Thinning a Guitar Neck

Thinning a Guitar Neck at Haywire Custom Shop

Thinning a guitar neck, Guitar neck shaving, re-shaping or re-profiling a guitar neck and shaping and duplicating guitar necks? At Haywire Custom Guitars, we do it all and as a result, you’ll feel more comfortable with your guitar. You’ll feel more comfortable with your guitar playing too. 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.

Guitar Neck Reshaping for acoustical guitar: 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.

image Haywire Custom Guitars Shaving an acoustic guitar neck
In the Haywire Custom Guitars Shop-Thinning a acoustic guitar neck

On an electric guitar, tones are affected by everything from the pickups and amplification to pedals, pickups to speaker enclosures. Acoustic guitars are an entirely a different matter.

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.

Neck tone is an issue that no empirical evidence has ever put to rest. However, comfort  does affect your playing ability and technique which is what matters most in finding and maintaining your tone. Start with finding a neck that makes playing a joy and enhances your technique in a way that allows you to play your best, then: 

Find the best amp that suits your ear for the tone you like. 

However, other factors to consider are pickups, effects, speaker enclosures, etc.

When we do guitar neck shaving, it’s intended for musicians who are working and need a good tool so it will play better. A guitarist’s tool is not intended to be entered into a beauty contest. If your neck thickness is an impediment to your playing, then guitar neck shaving is the right decision for you. Neck shaving is to help you be more comfortable with your guitar. A finish is applied simply to prevent moisture from absorbing into the neck wood. If you are a guitar collector, neck shaving will not improve the resale value of your instrument. Remember, anything that you do to an original instrument will take value away. Collectors love all the flaws on an old guitar.

Thank you for stopping by the website and taking time to inquire about Thinning A Guitar Neck!

The best way to communicate 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 thinning a guitar neck:

The specs as it came in were as follows: 1st fret 3rd 5th 7th 9th 12th .925 .947 .963 .977 .991 .101 After a guitar neck shaving here are the new specs as follows: 1st fret 3rd 5th 7th 9th 12th .829 .850 .890 .901 .904 .932

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

There are other ways to communicate 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.

Neck Back Profiles

What is a “neck profile?” It simply refers to the shape of the back of a guitar neck. It’s also referred to as the neck “back shape.” You can find neck and back profiles 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.   Therefore, when you have a neck that you just love but it’s a bit too thick, we’ll shave it for you.     “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 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 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”    Send your neck or guitar to us here:

Rick Mariner c/o
Haywire Custom Guitars Inc.

Haywire Custom Shop

2007 Lees Landing Circle

Conway, SC 29526 Call: 843-347-5742

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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
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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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