June 14, 2019

Neck CPR

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“Bones, I think that neck needs some CPR” “Dammit Jim, I’m a guitar builder, not an EMT!” What the heck are we talking about and why would my neck need it? As all of you know, and love about us, we use a single action truss rod.  If you have watched the process, it’s essentially a straight steel rod that we force into a curved channel so its hugs really tight (in the spirit of

April 27, 2019

It’s Wood

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If you have been reading our posts here you probably know that we try to infuse some humor at times when discussing issues. But it’s always good for us to take a step back and try to realize why we are asked some of the questions we get; or why a specific idea is floating around out there. In general I think we could probably place most of the blame on “too much” information on

April 25, 2019

Nut Installation

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We get many requests to install nuts on our necks. While we understand the angst that a nut installation entails, we also know that you don’t want us installing it. Why? you ask. Well, it just so happens that installing it in the beginning is the wrong time! Ask any guitar repair guy or luthier or builder exactly when they install the nut and most will tell you it’s about as close to the last

March 15, 2019

Tolerances

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Does size matter? We sometimes receive an upset call or email from a nice customer that ordered say an .840 profile on their neck and it arrives and they whip out their trusty set of calipers and lo and behold its an .856.  “It’s an outrage…it’s a scandal!  I can’t believe it…this is going to ruin everything…do they not have calipers there?… What the $#@&!” We operate, in most circumstances, within an acceptable tolerance of

February 15, 2019

Roasted Wood

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What does roasted mean? The “art” of tempering wood has been around for a few years now, and one would think that we would have eradicated all of the misinformation that exist…but NO! One of the things that pops up most of the time, especially about roasted maple necks, is that fact that someone is buying it because they “won’t have to put a finish on it.”  Let me end this here and now. ROASTED