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For Sale LOWE Custom USA 32" Scale Conversion Necks

Discussion in 'The TB Bazaar: Gear For Sale from our Sponsors' started by BeeTL, Feb 3, 2015.


  1. BeeTL

    BeeTL Commercial User

    Sep 26, 2006
    Oldsmar, FL
    Brad Lowe, Lowe Custom Guitars
    My first ever mahogany neck, a 32" scale conversion neck finished in vintage amber satin:

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  2. Gully Foyle

    Gully Foyle Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2014
    Near Boston
    Dreams of a 32" eb3.....

    Nice choice on lollipops
     
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  3. BeeTL

    BeeTL Commercial User

    Sep 26, 2006
    Oldsmar, FL
    Brad Lowe, Lowe Custom Guitars
    Thanks!
     
  4. BeeTL

    BeeTL Commercial User

    Sep 26, 2006
    Oldsmar, FL
    Brad Lowe, Lowe Custom Guitars
    OK, I've updated post #1 to reflect current pricing.

    The base price only increased by $10, but a lot of the upgrades went up by that much, too.

    Interestingly, the roasted maple options went down a little bit.

    Overall, not bad after two years.

    Time flies, huh?
     
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  5. BeeTL

    BeeTL Commercial User

    Sep 26, 2006
    Oldsmar, FL
    Brad Lowe, Lowe Custom Guitars
    Custom orders continue to run between 12 and 14 weeks.

    For impulse buyers, I'm planning to order some basic maple/rosewood necks to keep in stock and sell finished and ready to install on Reverb.
     
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  6. BeeTL

    BeeTL Commercial User

    Sep 26, 2006
    Oldsmar, FL
    Brad Lowe, Lowe Custom Guitars
    I just ordered 10 conversion necks with rosewood boards and the new "Llama" headstock shape for stock.

    My plan is to have them finished by Pat @Wilkins in tinted satin with a clear gloss face, my chrome logo, and a serial number on the back.

    They will also have Hipshot Ultralites and a nut installed.

    I think that once I have the necks in stock I may buy a SVM bass or two and swap out the necks.

    That way I will have a few options available for folks who don't have the time or inclination to finish a neck or assemble a bass.
     
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2017
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  7. BeeTL

    BeeTL Commercial User

    Sep 26, 2006
    Oldsmar, FL
    Brad Lowe, Lowe Custom Guitars
    A quick update...we weathered Irma well.

    On current neck orders, I'm hearing they're about two weeks behind, which is a bummer.

    The OEM has had some production backlog, and the one-offs got pushed to the side a bit.

    By contrast, of the ten standard 32s I'll offer pre-finished and ready to install, the five 1.5" necks have gotten pushed up.

    So, now they are working on 8 32" necks all at once.

    It's frustrating, but from a production standpoint, I get it.

    :thumbsup:
     
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  8. BeeTL

    BeeTL Commercial User

    Sep 26, 2006
    Oldsmar, FL
    Brad Lowe, Lowe Custom Guitars
    All orders have shipped and I have suspended custom orders effective 10/13/2017.

    I have a batch of 10 necks in process that will be finished and ready to install with a nut, machines, and threaded inserts.

    Going forward I will offer the conversion necks on an as-available basis in my Reverb store and here in this thread.

    Thank you for your continuing support.
     
  9. mikewalker

    mikewalker Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2017
    Canada, Eh!
    Can you do some "non-rosewood"? I'm thinking along the lines of avoiding CITES hassles!
    Laquered maple fretboard would be nice...
     
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  10. BeeTL

    BeeTL Commercial User

    Sep 26, 2006
    Oldsmar, FL
    Brad Lowe, Lowe Custom Guitars
    @mikewalker Unfortunately, all of the current necks in the queue have rosewood fretboards...sorry about that.

    :(
     
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  11. mikewalker

    mikewalker Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2017
    Canada, Eh!
    Well, please keep us poor Northern foreigners in mind for the next batch! (Every year I ask Santa for the USA to annex us, but it never seems to happen...)
     
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  12. Gully Foyle

    Gully Foyle Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2014
    Near Boston
    Couldn't we do it the other way round?
     
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  13. Cutter8

    Cutter8 Admittedly in need of adult supervision... Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2018
    Georgia
    I desperately want one of your "32 conversion necks. I have been checking your Reverb store frequently, but it always says "This shop doesn't have any listings right now." Should I just keep checking on Reverb, or is there some other way to buy one of your necks?
     
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  14. jumbodbassman

    jumbodbassman Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2009
    Stuck in traffic -NY & CT
    Born Again Tubey
    me too. i want a couple of those necks.
     
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  15. BeeTL

    BeeTL Commercial User

    Sep 26, 2006
    Oldsmar, FL
    Brad Lowe, Lowe Custom Guitars
    Thanks, guys!

    I'm not trying to be coy, I just have no interest in holding onto people's money while we wait.

    I did get a photo of the next round of necks, and ironically, it looks like these will have bullet truss rods after all.

    Unfortunately, that is the most significant factor contributing to the delay.

    There's only one person in the shop with the experience to jig and mill these necks, but he is also the CAD/CNC programmer and is absolutely buried with other competing projects.

    There will be five 1.5" and five 1.625" nut width, all maple/rosewood with pearl dots.

    One potential positive outcome is that consideration is being given to making a bullet truss rod a standard offering.

    If that happens, that would cut our lead times significantly.

    Thanks for hanging in there with us!

    32-Bass-Necks-2018.
     
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2018
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  16. Cutter8

    Cutter8 Admittedly in need of adult supervision... Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2018
    Georgia
    Thanks for the quick response. The 1.5" nut width maple/rosewood with pearl dots is exactly what I want. How can I purchase one? I'm certainly OK with paying in advance of the neck being completed.
     
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  17. BeeTL

    BeeTL Commercial User

    Sep 26, 2006
    Oldsmar, FL
    Brad Lowe, Lowe Custom Guitars
    I will consider this as unofficial "dibs" on the first finished 1.5" neck.

    Again, because of the uncertain lead times, I'd rather not take cash until a neck is ready to ship.

    I'm finding that this approach is allowing me to I enjoy the process a lot more.

    ;)
     
  18. Cutter8

    Cutter8 Admittedly in need of adult supervision... Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2018
    Georgia
    Great! That certainly works fine for me! Thanks...
     
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  19. jumbodbassman

    jumbodbassman Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2009
    Stuck in traffic -NY & CT
    Born Again Tubey
    i will take one of each if available...
     
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  20. BeeTL

    BeeTL Commercial User

    Sep 26, 2006
    Oldsmar, FL
    Brad Lowe, Lowe Custom Guitars
    We can call that "dibs" as well!
     

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