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    Recommendation for someone who can build me Strat neck to custom specs?

    I'm looking to have a strat neck made for an upcoming build. I figure if I'm going to spend a few(to several) hundred bucks on a high quality aftermarket neck, I want it built the way I want, or as close as I can get it.
    I'm not looking for anything outrageous or even that uncommon. It's just I know exactly what I want and it difficult to find any one neck that meets exactly that. The biggest requirement is the ability to provide a compound radius.
    I've looked at some of the larger, well known shops- ie. Warmoth, USACustom Guitars, and Guitar Mill. USACG has shifted their focus to keeping a larger stock of common necks and bodies, and they are many many weeks out for any custom work last I checked. But, I've seen their work and haven't ruled them out.
    Guitar Mill does okay, but when looking through some of their work portfolio, I have some concerns about the finish work.
    Warmoth offers a lot of different options and they come really close to having exactly what I'm looking for. But they only offer one option for a compound radius at 10"-16". Which I would love in a Gibson style guitar, but for a fender I would rather have a something in the way of 7.25"-10". If I had to, I could live with the 10-16, but I would like to see what else is out there before I make my decision.

    It may sound picky, but am I the only one out there who wants a 1-piece quartersawn maple neck, deep C/fat contour, 1 5/8" width nut, 6150 frets, and a compound radius fretboard?
    ..and an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle!

    any suggestions welcome.

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    Allparts has a selection. I own 2 tele nks and they're playable out of the box. I like to lightly fret level and power buff to re-polish frets and roll the edges, but that's me.

    (Several multi-radius necks @ Allparts.)

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    I gotta be honest. I'm a big fan of Warmoth products. I haven't used a Warmoth neck in twenty years, but they sure look like the same company to me on their site. They offer multiple neck woods for the structural and fingerboard options, a couple of truss adjustment options, several profile shape options and any frets you want. Plus they have an enormous investment in their public image! That is to say, they can't afford to "f" up your order. That isn't to say that it's never happened. We actually had a recent example here. But how countless many others are blissfully pleased with their Warmoth product even since that transpired about a year ago? My own guitar is built from Warmoth wood both body and neck and I've been very pleased with it's playability, consistency in environmental conditions and sound for over twenty years. As I said, I haven't tried their products in a long time. They still get my vote as an option to consider.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck H View Post
    I gotta be honest. I'm a big fan of Warmoth products. I haven't used a Warmoth neck in twenty years, but they sure look like the same company to me on their site. They offer multiple neck woods for the structural and fingerboard options, a couple of truss adjustment options, several profile shape options and any frets you want. Plus they have an enormous investment in their public image! That is to say, they can't afford to "f" up your order. That isn't to say that it's never happened. We actually had a recent example here. But how countless many others are blissfully pleased with their Warmoth product even since that transpired about a year ago? My own guitar is built from Warmoth wood both body and neck and I've been very pleased with it's playability, consistency in environmental conditions and sound for over twenty years. As I said, I haven't tried their products in a long time. They still get my vote as an option to consider.
    Yeah I like them as well, iíve bought a tele and strat body from them and they were great. I bought a neck from them and the construction was good, but tbe piece of q-sawn lumber was not good. I can forgive that as an outlier. But a quality piece of quartersawn lumber should have straight, vertical grain lines throughout the cross section

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoulFetish View Post
    Yeah I like them as well, i’ve bought a tele and strat body from them and they were great. I bought a neck from them and the construction was good, but tbe piece of q-sawn lumber was not good. I can forgive that as an outlier. But a quality piece of quartersawn lumber should have straight, vertical grain lines throughout the cross section
    Sounds like you have your foot in the door with them with previous business , contact them and explain what you want, and what you were disappointed with before . A place to start

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    GraphTech TUSQ, Corian, or Bone? Nickel/Silver or Stainless Steel fretwire?

    Im going back and forth on deciding on Nut material. I'm leaning toward GraphTech material for the Nut. The low friction material is attractive for maintaining proper tuning and minimizing string breakage. But I really like the idea of a harder material for closer sounding attack and sustain you get from the frets. I've definitely played guitars that have a noticeable acoustic damping when playing an open string that deadens the sound.


    I was also going to stick with standard Nickel/Silver for the fretwire (Pretty much because it's all I know). I would like to find out more about stainless fret material before I dismiss it out of hand because it breaks with tradition. I have no experience playing stainless frets, so I worry about the risk of not being disappointed if I commit to having them installed.
    I made the mistake of buying a neck with a V profile before playing one. I thought I would like contour and feel, but ended up hating it and selling it pretty quickly. It was really awkward to play anything other than open style chords. Lessen learned.

    So I would be interested in some of you folks' experiences with these materials and what kind of differences were most noticeable, and if you noticed them at all? If you made the change from one to the other, what were the factors that lead to that change?

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