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Custom neck builders

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by robd, Mar 25, 2014.


  1. robd

    robd Supporting Member

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    Looking to get some pricing on a custom built neck. Any recommendations on builders who do this kind of work.

    I want it to match the shape (as close a possible) to the neck on my Modulus Q5. Prefer someone near me if possible.

    Thanks




    (yes i searched Md luthier's and read the threads...most are years old and only have the same 2 or 3, or those listed just did repairs)
     
  2. joeeg33

    joeeg33

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    I use to have a shop where I was able to build. But, haven't had a shop in a while, or the tools.
    With that said, business must be great for the builders here because I PM'ed a few of them to ask about simple bolt on neck, never even got an answer back.
     
  3. robd

    robd Supporting Member

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    Yea, most of the custom builders I have been seeing on the net have their standard necks that they build and were not looking to do a one off, bolt on.

    so far I am exchanging emails with Jason Ricketts and Micheal Dolan said he would make one....so some progress. ( Michael is not in Md)
     
  4. joeeg33

    joeeg33

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    Cool,
    It's just that when I was building, I would get back to anyone who asked a question, even if it's to say sorry I don't do that.
     
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  6. CustomTech

    CustomTech

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    robd i sent you a message
     
  7. Bruce Johnson

    Bruce Johnson Supporting Member

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    I no longer do one-off custom necks either, but I can recommend Keith Horne. He's in Burbank, CA, right near where my shop used to be. I work with him regularly and supply him with my truss rods and machining services. He can work by mail order.

    You can reach him at keithhorne1@gmail.com

    Generally, a custom bolt-on neck is going to cost you $450 to $800, depending on how many options you load it up with. It's about 8-12 hours labor.
     
  8. robd

    robd Supporting Member

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    Vinnie. Please see reply PM.

    Bruce, thanks. I'll look into Keith.
     
  9. robd

    robd Supporting Member

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    its not this Keith Horne is it??

     
  10. Bruce Johnson

    Bruce Johnson Supporting Member

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    Hah! No, that's not the same guy. The Keith Horne that I know is a younger guy. I believe he plays guitar in a band, for fun. He's been working as a part-time Luthier for several of the high-end builders around the San Fernando Valley (Los Angeles, CA) area for a few years. He does nice work, and we all like him. He's been a client of mine, ordering partially-machined necks and truss rods from me. I've been encouraging him to specialize in one-off custom neck building, working out of his own home garage shop.

    As I mentioned, I'm way too busy to do one-off customs these days, so I'm glad to recommend him and pass along the work.
     
  11. Roscoe East

    Roscoe East

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    Michael made me a custom one-off neck a while back. Does excellent work in a timely fashion, was a pleasure to work with, & I'd use him again in a heartbeat.
     
  12. robd

    robd Supporting Member

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    thank for all the replies
     

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