Haywire Custom Guitars
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, if you have a neck that you just love but it’s a bit too thick-
Guitar Neck Shaving: 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-
On an electric guitar tones are affected by everything from the pickups and amplification to pedals, pickups to speaker enclosures.
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 perform guitar neck shaving, it’s intended for musicians who are working and need a more comfortable tool for their jobs. After the neck shave, it will then play and feel better for that player. A guitarist’s tool is not intended to be entered into a beauty contest. His/Her guitar is a work tool used to get across a musical point, to entertain and ultimately pay the bills. If your neck thickness is an impediment to your playing, then guitar neck shaving is the right decision for you. We’ll shave your guitar neck to help you become more comfortable with your guitar and finally, play better. We then apply a finish simply to prevent moisture from absorption into the neck wood. If you are a guitar collector, neck shaving may not improve the resale value of your instrument. More often than not, anything that you do to an original instrument will take value away. Many buyers love all the flaws and patina of an old guitar. Therefore, we recommend shaving the guitar neck used in your work, for better and more comfortable playing.
Here is a typical example of the info we share with you when we get your neck in the shop to be shaved:
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
2 things to remember when shipping to us:
Second, Forget buying “signature required” services. Our postal carriers know where to leave the neck safely and securely.
Rick Mariner c/o
Haywire Custom Guitars Inc.
Haywire Custom Shop
2007 Lees Landing Circle
Conway, SC 29526