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Custom neck builders

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

  1. 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.


    (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. 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. 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. 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.
  5. CustomTech


    Aug 25, 2010
    robd i sent you a message
  6. Bruce Johnson

    Bruce Johnson Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 4, 2011
    Fillmore, CA
    Professional Luthier
    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.
  7. Vinnie. Please see reply PM.

    Bruce, thanks. I'll look into Keith.
  8. its not this Keith Horne is it??

  9. Bruce Johnson

    Bruce Johnson Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 4, 2011
    Fillmore, CA
    Professional Luthier
    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.
  10. Roscoe East

    Roscoe East

    Aug 22, 2011
    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.
  11. thank for all the replies