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In some cases, guitar neck replacement may be better 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
Custom Guitar Neck Contours, Custom guitar neck shaping, thinning, shaving and profiling.

image Haywire Custom Guitars Neck shave comparing two guitar necks-before and after guitar neck shave

Haywire Custom Guitars Neck shave comparing before and after neck shave guitar necks on guitars hard to play


Custom Guitar Neck Shapes and Back Contours For You

Most of all, when the time comes, Haywire Custom Shop can replace your neck for you.  Guitar neck replacement may not solve your guitar issues; however, it may help.  With a bit of tweaking and some direction from you, we can help solve most if not 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 looking for a positive change in a guitar.

Haywire Custom Shop Jazz Black with custom guitar neck

Haywire Custom Shop Jazz Black with custom guitar neck

Your Replacement Guitar Neck -We will do the following:

  • 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 insure 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 Replacement Option Cost is Only $95 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 an electric guitar tones are affected by everything from the pickups and amplification to pedals, picks, string gauge and speaker enclosures.

A Haywire-Custom-custom neck selection

A Haywire-Custom-custom neck selection

Comfort affects your playing ability and musical outcome.

If a guitar is unplugged, it may be possible to determine an audible tone difference in wood. However, in a high gain, live playing situation “wood tones” in an electric guitar will become much less noticeable. You hear a processed signal through many kinds of amps and speaker enclosures.  

High gain electric guitar tone is very much dependent on a player’s technique, attack, overall control and comfort with his instrument but not so much the thickness of a neck. The neck is the part of your guitar you interact with the most. Comfort there is imperative. If you can’t walk with a stone in your shoe, why deal with an uncomfortable neck on your guitar? Every time you play it do you say, “This feels great”?

Guitar Neck Replacement

However, comfort affects your playing ability, which is an important factor your in technique. Be sure you have the best feeling neck you can get. Notice I didn’t say, “The most expensive neck you can get”. A great feeling, very comfortable, very playable, sweet neck with great tone is a must. You make the choice, and we’ll help you make it right.  The overall sound of your guitar may be noticeably improved simply by your new attitude when all of the sudden you switch to a very comfortable feel. Naturally, you’ll play better. You and others will notice.

First of all, start with finding a guitar you love to play. We’ll add a neck that makes playing a joy.

If you know what you like and know the specs, send it to us, or the specs. Or if you know by simply experience playing a great neck, simply send it to us at the Haywire Custom Shop to duplicate for you.

Want all your guitars to have the same great playing neck?

The identical neck on each guitar?

We’ll do it for you.

Haywire Custom Shop Guitar Neck Replacement 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 that needs some thought. As a guitar player, what do you want to feel?

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 with some calipers. 

Wide guitar necks have wider nut widths and are better for guitar players with bigger hands or who want more Neck space in between each string to facilitate fretting notes more cleanly. Big guys need wider guitar necks. A wider nut offers more separation between the strings at the head stock end of the neck.
The width of necks, and their shape as well, will suit certain players more than others. Often, it’s a case of the size and shape you need, and also the kind of playing preferred.
If you have a size 13 foot, you wouldn’t buy a size 8 shoe, right? No, of course not. It’s not the right equipment.

image Haywire Custom Guitars Guitar Neck profile

Find a guitar neck that you like and we’ll copy the profile.

Warmoth Custom Back profiles featured in many Haywire Custom Guitars
 Let Haywire Custom Guitars get you the best neck for YOU! "We are musicians working for musicians".
Thanks for letting us work for you.

Let Haywire Custom Guitars get the best neck for YOU! “We are musicians working for musicians”.
Thanks for letting us work for you.

Guitar Neck Replacement

Back Contour Selection Chart

Standard Back Contours 1st Fret 12th Fret Similar Back Contours
image of Haywire Custom Guitars Standard Thin Neck Back Profile
0.800″ 0.85 Fender® American Standard Strat or Tele
image of Haywire Custom Guitars Boat Back contour
1.0″ 1.0″ Vintage Tele® (52 Reissue)
image of Haywire Custom Guitars Fat Back Neck profile "Deep "U"
1.0″ 1.0″ Vintage Fender® Deep U
Custom Neck Back Contours 1st Fret 12th Fret Similar Back Contours
image of Haywire Custom Guitars SRV custom neck contour
0.835″ 0.970″ Asymmetric contour Early Fender® Stevie Ray Vaughn signature Strat
image of Haywire Custom Guitars Clapton Neck Back Profile
0.850″ 0.940″ Early Fender® Eric Clapton signature Strat
image of Haywire Custom guitar back contours and profiles
0.815″ 0.940″ Asymmetric contour Peavey® Wolfgang®
image of Haywire Custom Guitars Wizard Neck profile
0.750″ 0.820″ Ibanez® Wizard II neck
image of Haywire Custom Guitars Gibson style '59 Round back Neck profile
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

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.

Playing a wide neck with large hands is a great experience!

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  Your Neck needing repair to us here:

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

Haywire Custom Guitars: Neck selection. Need a new neck? We got it for you.

Haywire Custom Guitars: Neck selection. Need a new neck? We got it for you.

When to replace your guitars neck

Why replace your guitar neck?  There are clues to look for when deciding if it’s time.

For example:

1) If the guitar neck is bowed and the truss rod will not bring it back-it’s time.

2) The truss rod is broken or stripped-it’s time.

3) Excessively uncomfortable-it’s time.

4) Frets are so worn that a fret level will not bring them back-it’s time.

5) Neck too big and fat-consider a neck shave or full replacement.

6) The radius to too small-it’s time.

7) The truss rod access is in the heel and not the headstock-it’s time.

8) Sharp fret ends-Time to have the fret ends dressed.

9) Cannot get low action even after a fret level and setup-it’s time.

10) Nut length is too small-it’s time.

11) Neck feels too thin-it’s time.

12) Neck is dipped in the middle-adjust the truss rod or replace neck.

13) Neck is humped in the middle-adjust the truss rod or replace neck.

14) You have a 21 fret neck and seem to be in need of 22 frets-it’s time.

Once a decision has been made to replace the neck next you’ll have to decide what to replace it with.

For example:

1) Do you get an exact duplicate?

2) Do you try something completely different?

3) Do you look for something that works better for you.

4) In looking for something better what are the choices?

There are many choices when deciding to replace a guitar neck.

For example:

Shaft Wood

Fret board Wood

Nut Width

Right / Left Handed

Neck Back Profile Standard 

Fret board Radius

Number of Frets

Fret Size

Tuner Hole Size

Inlay Shape

inlay Material

String Nut material

Mounting Holes Standard 4-Bolt Neck Heel or 3

Heel Shape


After thinking about all that you need to decide is installation something you want to tackle or give it to an experienced pro to handle for you. Maybe it’s just best to hand him the whole guitar with your favorite strings and say, “add a neck for me”. If he’s good he’ll go over all of the above and you won’t have to do anything but be patient a few days until it’s complete!