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Building Players

A guitar with ease of play and a great tone will respond immediately to the subtle nuances of a player’s technique. Thus allowing expression of musical ideas with clarity and precision separating one player’s sound from another. 

If the tone of a guitar can separate one musician from another, it can also characterize and set apart a player’s style. When a player can represent and individualize his own particular sound he can then be recognized for individualized musical tones used. It’s a small step from there to influence the style, genre and listeners of music they play. It’s called, “building a brand”. Advertisers do it on a regular basis.

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If the tone of a guitar can separate one musician from another, it can also characterize and set apart a player’s style.

Guitar sound, shape and weight

Many factors contribute to the tone of a guitar. Some, including the type of wood used for the body and neck, are subtle as to not be noticed.  The makeup/design of pickups have more of a contrast. The brand of strings has less impact than the gauge of string used. The ultimate guitar should have a comfortable shape, be lightweight and well-balanced. A guitar too heavy can cause strain, discomfort and distract a player from the moment. 

A custom guitar has been a top choice for many guitarists for decades and continues to be a popular option for ultimate guitar features. This means features the player needs rather than what guitar companies try to push. After all, most guitar companies are run by lawyers and not guitar builders, designers or techs as they should be. When building players guitars, one really needs to be a guitar player. They are the ones who truly understand the needs of players. Lawyers and accountants spend little time thinking about what a guitar player needs when on-stage playing music for a living. As a guitar player, it’s easier to understand another guitar player’s performance needs.

image Haywire Custom Guitars Nashville 7-sound Telecaster
A custom guitar has been a top choice for many guitarists for decades

The feel of the instrument

A guitar’s neck profile varies from brand to brand. Some are slimmer than other guitar brands. A slim neck makes it easier to wrap your hand around it to fret notes and form chords. A fat neck is better for larger hands. Another distinctive trait of a custom guitar is comfortably low action, which means players don’t have to apply a lot of pressure to the strings. Everything is close to the fret-board. The great thing about that is notes are more in tune when strings are lower.

The profile, weight and the low action will make your guitar very playable, and less stress on your fretting hand. This means you’ll be less susceptible to physical fatigue. Thus allowing ease of expression of musical ideas, building players with clarity and precision separating one player’s sound from another. 

image Haywire Custom Guitar Shop Violator Guitar Setups poster
Building players with clarity and precision separating one player’s sound from another. 
By | 2024-03-13T07:26:05-04:00 March 2nd, 2024|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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