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Custom Guitar Necks

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Custom guitar necks for your guitars may be a better option than replacing the entire guitar. First of all, cracking finishes, worn frets and warping fret boards are common ailments of guitar necks. Therefore, replacing a bolt-on guitar neck is often a considerably less expensive option than repairing the damage or replacing the whole guitar. In addition, we perform: Guitar Neck Replacement, Fret leveling, Nut filing, guitar neck refinishing, re-fretting your neck, fret leveling, re-crowning and fret polishing.
Custom Guitar Neck Contours, Custom guitar neck shaping, thinning, shaving and profiling are all part of our services.

Guitar Neck Shapes and Back Contours For You

image Custom guitar necks at Haywire Custom Guitars
Custom necks at Haywire Custom Guitars

Most of all, when the time comes, Haywire Custom Shop can replace your neck for you.  Guitar neck replacement may not solve your guitar neck issues; however, it may help.  With a bit of tweaking and some direction from YOU, we can also solve all of your guitar neck issues.  You Can Choose from Super Wide and Fat Guitar Necks to Thin and Slim!  Consequently, it may be the best decision you make on your guitar.  Most of all, finding your perfect neck can be almost life-changing for a pro guitar player while, looking for a positive change in playing. Anything you’d like-we can do.

You make the decision, and we’ll make it Right!

Custom Guitar Necks-We will do the following for you:

  • Help you decide on the best materials, neck profile for your technique, comfortable frets, finish and nut for your style. We can use your existing tuners or replace and upgrade them as necessary.
  • In performing a 4-axis alignment of the guitar neck your new guitar neck will be checked and adjusted to be true and straight to ensure proper alignment on all 4 axis.  This step almost always ensures proper action and allows for more accurate and easier guitar tuning and playing.  A full set-up will then be performed in the following steps.
  • We level and polish the frets to ensure that all of the guitar frets are level, eliminating any possibility of fret buzz due to unevenness.
  • Next, we radius the guitar strings.  Since most guitar necks have a curved contour over the top of the neck called the radius. We adjust the strings to make sure the height of each string perfectly follows the contour of your guitar neck.  Because, once we determine the contour and then set the radius of the guitar strings, it’s time to adjust the overall height of the strings from the top of the frets to the bottom of the guitar strings accurately.
image Guitar Neck Fingerboard radius
  • In addition, we can re-check the overall guitar string height and the action all while maintaining the radius just created.  The truss rod adjustment is then able to be made here.  The strings will be parallel all the way down the fret board and neck straight.
  • Finally, we set the guitar intonation.  This step is done twice.  The intonation is set two times with a 24 hour “seat-in” period in between to allow the guitar to properly re-seat and settle in with the new adjustments.  

The Total Guitar Neck Replacement Option Cost is Only $75 Plus Return Shipping + The cost of your custom guitar neck

Picking Your Ideal Neck

Neck thickness should be chosen for what best fits your hands, therefore not the “tone” it has.  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.  Furthermore, on electric guitar tones are affected by everything from the pickups and amplification to pedals, picks, string gauge and speaker enclosures.

comfort affects your playing ability

In a live playing situation “wood tones” in an electric guitar will become even less noticeable.  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.  So, remember another thought. High gain electric guitar tone is very much dependent on a player’s technique, control and comfort with his instrument and not the thickness of a neck.

Guitar Neck Replacement

However, comfort affects your playing ability, which is an important factor in your technique.  Neck tone is an issue that no empirical evidence has ever put to rest.

First of all, start with finding a guitar you love to play with a neck that makes playing a joy.  Then, also, either send us the specs or simply send your neck to us at the Haywire Custom Shop and we’ll duplicate it for you.

Haywire Custom Shop Custom Guitar Necks and Back Contours Option

replacing a bolt-on guitar neck is often a considerably less expensive option

Most noteworthy, guitar back contour is the profile or grip shape of the neck back.

How much wood does it take to almost fill up your hand?  While too little equates to quicker hand fatigue, hence too much even worse, you can’t reach around it.  Another, question comes to mind.

Due to style, do you play thumb over?

In conclusion. Seems like, almost all players gravitate to a certain feel. Probably, you can find something you really like here. In Addition, check out your favorite guitar and either compare its neck thickness, (fingerboard face to the back of the neck), to the ones below or measure your favorite neck.

Warmoth Custom Back profiles featured in many Haywire Custom Guitars

Guitar Neck Replacement Back Contour for Custom Guitar Necks: Selection Chart

Standard Back Contours1st Fret12th FretSimilar Back Contours
0.800″0.85Fender® American Standard Strat or Tele
 1.0″1.0″Vintage Tele® (52 Reissue)
1.0″1.0″Vintage Fender® Deep U
Custom Neck Back Contours1st Fret12th FretSimilar Back Contours
0.835″0.970″Asymmetric contour Early Fender® Stevie Ray Vaughn signature Strat
0.850″0.940″Early Fender® Eric Clapton signature Strat
0.815″0.940″Asymmetric contour Peavey® Wolfgang®
0.750″0.820″Ibanez® Wizard II neck
0.860″0.960″1959 Gibson® Les Paul

  Because all product names used in this webpage are trademarks of their respective owners. While, they are in no way associated or affiliated with Haywire Custom Guitars, we respect the marks. Especially Relevant these trademarks of other manufacturers are used solely to identify the products of those manufacturers whose dimensions were studied during product development.  As a result, give credit where credit is due. Furthermore, thanks to Warmoth Guitar Products for providing this very informative back profile chart.

Wide Neck Option

Advantages of a wide neck:

A wide neck electric guitar means that you can allow more room between the strings. It’s great for a beginner or a Pro with larger hands. Your playing will improve immensely.  Confidence and more comfort is evident on a wide neck guitar. If you need this option, we can provide a very suitable wider neck for you. The choices are: 1-3/4″, 1-7/8″, 2″ and 2-1/8″ wide widths.

The wide neck guitar is for larger players, Big guys who have big hands and fingers need these guitars. The added spacing between the strings make your guitar easier to play and give you more confidence that the target will be easier to hit.

There are some acoustic guitars that feature a wide neck and more space between the strings. If you are used to playing one of these, then this wide neck on your new electric guitar will feel very familiar.

Once you play a wide neck guitar the new experience will not only be amazing but greatly appreciated by your fingers.

Customers who want special custom shop guitars and features without the custom shop prices, here we are. Thanks again for your support, patronage of our dedicated custom shop and confidence in our abilities. 

Send any of your necks needing repair to us here:

Rick Mariner
Haywire Custom Guitars Inc.
Haywire Custom Shop
2007 Lees Landing Circle
Conway, SC 29526