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Neck Options

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Guitar & Bass Necks
 

As we know, neck is very important as the base of the fingerboard, and you may need to vary the size of it to fit your hands perfectly. So we offer a wide range of neck options for customers to make their own choices. You can order any type of necks, such as a thin neck with a wide fretboard, a round back design with a narrow net width, etc.

Neck is a determinant component for the quality of a guitar. If you got big hands, you may have problems with a small narrow neck, and vice versa, small hands may have problems with a wide big neck. We offer different neck backs, widths and thicknesses for customers to make their own choices. You still need to consider options as wood selection, finish (Stain, paint, clear gloss, or clear satin depending on wood selection), and binding. Some options were listed below for your reference.

 


Headstock
 

In addition to our own headstock shapes and the traditional "3+3" and "6 in line" layouts, we can also make other combinations following your demands. The options also include inlay, binding, matching veneers (to match body), tilt/no tilt, reversed, dye, paint, stain, or clear. Feel free to contact us about custom headstock shapes.

Guitar  Headstock Shapes

 

Regal head
Strat

Tele

V Style head

ESP head

Jackson

Arrow

Super Strat

Jazzmaster


12 String
 

Bass Headstock Shapes

 


 



Wood Selection
 

The wood you choose for your fretboard will determined the tone of your instrument definitely. For example, a hard maple fretboard will have a brighter tone than a rosewood fretboard. Hardness, density, grain, even the finish will make a difference. Click here for the detailed information on woods.

Guitar Neck & Fretboard Pricing
Neck Wood Fretboard Wood
Maple Rosewood Ebony Flame Maple Birdseye Maple
Mahogany $125 $129 $135 $145 $135
Maple $110 $115 $120 $129 $120
Ash $110 $115 $120 $129 $120
Flame Maple $140 $145 $150 $160 $150
Birdseye Maple $145 $150 $155 $165 $155
Please contact us for pricing and availability of other woods.

Bass Neck & Fretboard Pricing
Neck Wood Fretboard Wood
Maple Rosewood Ebony Flame Maple Birdseye Maple
Mahogany $125 $129 $135 $145 $135
Maple $110 $115 $120 $129 $120
Ash $110 $115 $120 $129 $120
Flame Maple $140 $145 $150 $160 $150
Birdseye Maple $145 $150 $155 $165 $155
Please contact us for pricing and availability of other woods.

 

Neck Shapes
 

In addition to the traditional guitar neck shape, there are other shapes such as C shaped neck and V shaped neck. The thickness of the neck (top to bottom) and the width of the neck are both up to the guitarist. The Width of the neck is somehow determined by the Radius. A common neck has a very rounded shape which is closer to the 'D' Shape. The 'D' Shaped neck generally has more tone and sustain because it's thicker than both the 'C' and 'V' shaped necks., it is, however, more difficult to play. The 'C' shape is easier to play with while the 'V' shape is right between the 'D' shape and 'C' shape. The tone of the neck is also influenced by what it's made of, mahogany and maple. The pictures below are crosscut views where you are looking from the top of the neck. The 'V' necks were firstly found on an early Fender Strats. The design appears to have been a mistake in the manufacturing process. The employee who normally sanded the necks was gone and someone else had sanded them incorrectly - so the legend goes.

 

 

Contact us for more information or asking for assistance in selecting the neck shape and contour.



Scale Length

The Scale Length of a guitar is measured from bridge to the nut on the neck. To be more precise the measurement is taken at the bridge at the saddle. The thing you should know is that the string tension is less for shorter scale length guitars, and more for longer lengths. Longer scale lengths give you more tone and sustain but are a little more difficult to play than shorter ones. Short scale lengths allow you to bend the strings and press them down to the fingerboard easier. One problem with shorter lengths is you get fret buzz.

We know that the scale length of the electric guitar is one of the least standardized of all instruments. But don't worry, all standard scale lengths are available in our workshop, such as 22.5, 24.5, 24.75", 25.0" and 25.5", etc. Of course, if you have any special need on scale length, such as an unusual long or short scale, we can also do it for you.


String Nut Options

The Nut of a guitar is located where the headstock ends and the fretboard begins. It establishes the width between the strings for the upper portion of the guitar neck. It also establishes the height of the strings themselves and is a fairly important piece of the guitar that is over looked. It affects the sound of the open strings (not pressing down on any fret) but affects little on the sound of fretted notes.

Nut is one of the most critical components of any guitar, so every aspect of this small piece, such as material, shape, width and grooves, is crucial to the tone, playability and accuracy of the instrument. 

The material used for the nut will vary depending upon the type of guitar. And materials include ivory, bone, brass, ebony and plastic etc.


String Nut Materials
Materials Characteristics Sound Workability
Bone:
Hard organic material, showing a vintage appearance, should be cut neatly to prevent strings from binding in slots. Vivid and detailed sound. A little hard to deal with this dense material.
Brass
Generally used metal material with great sustains and same color with gold hardware. Clear sound with good sustain Time consuming work
Nickel
A silvery-white metal, also being used for fretwire, matching well with frets, no matter sound or appearance. Vivid sound with good sustain and articulation. Time consuming work
Contact us for pricing and availability of other nut materials.

Locking Nut
Available at no extra cost


Standard widths are 1 5/8", 1 11/16" and 1 3/4 " and can be interchanged to match the neck width and contours of your fretboard.



Fretboard Options
 
The radius is the curve that spans across the top of the fretboard, the larger the radius the more flat the radius.

Smaller radius fretboards are more curved which is better for playing chords especially if the string action is low. When trying to bend a string on a small radius neck you'll get buzzes and dead notes because the string is hitting the next fret. A large radius is better for playing solos and single notes but is more difficult when playing chords.

Common Radius For Reference
Classical guitar Flat
Vintage Fender Stratocaster 7.25"
Modern Fender Stratocaster 9.5"
Guitars with LSR roller nuts 9.5"
Guitars with Floyd Rose locking nuts 10"
Gibson guitars 10-12"
Ibanez guitars 12"
Jackson guitars 16"

Fret size also directly affects performance. Most players seek for a medium fret size which fits them well. Some players like smaller frets, while others like larger jumbo size frets. In general, a low, light plucking on a larger frets translates into a lighter, faster touch thereby allowing the player to achieve more speed with cleaner note articulation because you don't have to push the strings all the way to the wood. Remember, it's the FRETS that determine the pitch.


Available without extra cost


NOTE: there are guitars and basses that have no frets: fretless.

 

Lined Fretless Neck

Lined Fretless Neck

 


Binding, & Inlay Options

You have a great deal of selection with fretboard inlay, and binding. Inlay options include dots in black, white, cream, pearl, or abalone, stars, diamonds, trapezoid, blocks, shark fins, crosses, ovals, as well as specialized designs. We can also custom inlay non-traditional markers such as semi-precious stones, coins, emblems, and so on.

As to binding, we can bind both the neck and the headstock. Plastic, wood, pearloid, abalone, and metals such as brass, copper, and silver can be used. We will even bind in gold if that's what you want. (But it is very expensive to do so!!!)

Please visit our binding and inlay pages for detailed information. And feel free to contact us to determine what kind of markers, inlay, and binding is best for you.



Neck Scalloping


One of our specialties is making scalloped fretboards, which are hand scalloped on necks strictly following customers' specifications. Some musicians prefer scalloped fretboards rather than conventional fretboards, mainly because the scalloped fretboards give you such a noticeable advantage that you gain more control to the fretted notes, which means you can obtain better tones and cleaner sound, no matter how fast you move your fingers through the fretboards. The same advantage will be gained in bending and using the vibrato/pull on/off skills. The extra control is due to the fact that your fingers wrap themselves around the string, instead of being bottomed out on a conventional flat fretboard. More surface area of your finger has a grip on the string which gives you the advantage of gaining complete control of each note!  The larger contact area of your fingers makes it easier for you to completely control each note.
 


Half Scallop from the 12th through 22nd fret: $45.00
Full Scallop: $55.00
 


Neck Joint

Neck construction, or how the neck connects to the body of a guitar, is very important, because the joint point must be able to withstand the stress and pressure, which is usually very high, from the tensioned strings. The ability of the neck to endure the stress determines if the instrument can generate a constant tone or not during tuning. So the neck construction should be designed and constructed carefully for either acoustic guitars or electric guitars. There are three primary methods to connect the neck to the body.
 

Set (or "set-in") Neck – available at no extra cost
Set-Neck design is commonly seen in Les Paul and PRS guitars. It is a method that involves connecting the neck to the body with a layer of glues. Glue joins the two parts together, but also creat a barrier to tone transference from neck to body. Wood glue will be applied on high end guitars, because it can be absorbed into the wood of the neck and body instead of hardening into a mass of solid barrier. The set-neck construction mainly refers to the dovetail area between the neck and the body, which ensures a very tight fit for the two parts and thus enhance the tuning sustain of the instrument.

 

Bolt-on Neck – available at no extra cost
Bolt-On design is commonly seen in solid body electric guitars and in acoustic flattop guitars. It is a method that involves connecting the neck to the body with screws instead of glues used in set-neck. A lot of people like this method because it's relatively free for them to adjust and even swap necks. A good example for bolt-on guitars is Fender Stratocaster. Using screws instead of glues can provide a tonal advantage over the Set-Neck because it solves the problem of tone transference existing in set-neck design. The bolt-on design provides some extra flexibility for the adjustment to such an instrument.

 

Neck Through Body – add $35
Neck-Through-Body design is commonly seen in Gibson Firebird and Thunderbird and other high end guitars and basses from other companies. It is a method that involves extending the neck through the whole length of the body without any screws or glues. The guitar body is composed of the central neck-through section and two wings (or ears) that are glued (or laminated) to it. This design can provide the least resistance to the tone of the instrument, thus ensuring greater sustain and richer tones. Neck-through design is obviously more difficult to be mass produced than set-neck or bolt-on neck construction, so it's more expensive and usually seen on high end instruments.

 

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