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About Rick Mariner

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”.
Haywire Guitar shop “Builds satisfied players… one Haywire guitar at a time”.

String Buzz

There’s nothing more aggravating than when your guitar makes noises it shouldn't. An issue that comes up often is subject of guitar fret buzz. It's a problem that happens often to players. What is it? It’s caused when a string strikes against the top of a fret. It creates a buzzing sound. There are a few reasons why this occurs from the strings on your guitar.

By | 2019-08-10T07:05:31-05:00 August 10th, 2019|Guitar Education, string buzz|0 Comments

Guitar Neck Misalignment

Sometimes sending a guitar back For a small "Tweak" is not always practical or necessary. Many times when I ship a guitar from the humid deep South to a dry climate the neck sometimes will "hump" up a bit. This will cause what can be described as guitar neck misalignment and sometimes a "string buzz". Very small, almost imperceptible tweaks will result in a surprising results for this type of guitar neck misalignment issue. It is very easy to fix!

By | 2019-08-07T06:07:28-05:00 July 25th, 2019|Guitar Education, guitar neck misalignment|0 Comments

Used Guitars

Superficial surface finish cracks are prone to all guitars. Importantly, more in used guitars. Strats tend to crack the paint or finish surface in that exact same spot where the neck meets the body. Used guitars are especially more prone as they have been handled more. If you bought a used guitars that was not listed as Mint, NEW or Perfect then it's used. Ordinary wear and tear and surface cracks are to be expected sometimes, so clearly a surface crack in the body where the neck meets the pocket is a non-issue. Equally important, if a used guitar plays well and sounds good and is in excellent playing condition why worry? Remember-most used guitars aren't beauty pageant entries, just good playing guitars. You have to ask yourself? Did I buy the guitar to play it or look at it? When you said nothing about how well it plays but just how it looks it's not the guitar with a problem.

By | 2019-07-25T05:49:26-05:00 July 22nd, 2019|used guitars|0 Comments

Top Name Guitars

So, how do American guitar players keep guitar companies in business? American guitar players. Thinking they're getting "the real thing" U.S.A. musicians gobble up fake name brand guitars at a fast pace. Solution. Bottom line: Any guitar can play well if it's set up properly-Period! Don't be fooled. Get your guitar set up well. Ask a pro.

By | 2019-07-06T14:16:57-05:00 July 6th, 2019|"contracted" guitar knock-off companies|0 Comments

Great Guitars

Do you have an emergency guitar on hand? If not, why not? Don't you have an extra pair of shoes? A spare tire? Do you have spare guitar picks? Strings? Why not a spare guitar in case of emergency? You may want to think about it. Taking a second guitar to a gig is not just a good idea but a necessity in most cases. Think about having your most prized tool-duplicated for emergency purposes. It's great to have a spare!

By | 2019-08-07T06:07:28-05:00 July 6th, 2019|Spare Guitar|0 Comments