Haywire Custom Guitars
Haywire Custom Shop Neck Shaving Option
Guitar neck reshaping, thinning or shaving a guitar neck, re-profiling a guitar neck or shaping and duplicating guitar necks? We do it all. If you have a neck that you just love but it’s a bit too thick-
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. 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.
In a live 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. So…remember 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.
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:
1. 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 do neck shaves, they are intended for musicians who are working and need a good tool so it will play better. A guitarist’s tool is not intended to be entered into a beauty contest. If your neck thickness is an impediment to your playing, then having a neck shave is the right decision for you. Neck shaving is to help you be more comfortable with your guitar. A finish is applied simply to prevent moisture from absorbing into the neck wood. If you are a guitar collector, neck shaving will not improve the resale value of your instrument. Remember, anything that you to an original instrument will take value away. Collectors love all the flaws