So I want to order a completely finished neck replacement for my Tele. Looking for recommendations on the best place to order, Warmouth, Allparts, other?
I think it was determined in another thread that local builders can't compete with the likes of USACG, All Parts, Warmouth, etc. I did some quotes from a couple of these companies and it seems for my specs it would cost me aproximately $500 Canadian + shipping. I had a quote from Freddy's Frets that started at $1,000.If you can drive to Ayr you can make sure your neck is perfect. No idea on Andrew's prices for that though.
Yes I'm quite sold on stainless steel for my 52. Its got stainless steel on the neck thats on it now and they are fabulous. If only the neck wasn't so dam slim. I keep playing with it and trying to like it but when I have my Masterbuilt nocaster here that has the perfect neck its hard to love the slim neck. Maybe I can recoup some cash by selling the 52 neck.I bought 2 Strat Allparts necks. One from stratosphere’s site on eBay and one from another vendor from eBay. Both Allparts necks, one had leveled, crowned and polished frets and a tinted gloss lacquer, just perfect. 1 piece maple neck.
The other one was tinted but very little lacquer sealer, sharp fretboard, sharp fret ends, and I had to level the frets. Rosewood board
Both the same price, about $375 shipped. The not so perfect one, with a little work is now perfect.
Your looking for stainless so you might have to contact and get a custom build. Most of the premaid tele necks don’t have stainless.
So you can a) save shipping by driving the 2 hour trip to pick it up and b) probably save a little paying cash and c) get the *perfect* profile shape because you can try out a whole slew of necks and narrow down your preferences. That to me is worth an extra $100.I did some quotes from a couple of these companies and it seems for my specs it would cost me aproximately $500 Canadian + shipping.
I bet this would look good on your Tele, hey? @guitarman2I have an SX tele maple neck. It's brand new as I removed it and am replacing it with a wider one. The SX neck has the standard 1 5/8" nut. I can ship it or bring it with me when I come up in early September.
The neck is off one of these.
SX Furrian MN Alder Fat CAR - RondoMusic.com
I think what I've elected to do is ultimately far better and definitely cheaper. With Fender I'll likely get another over rolled fretboard with frets beveled too much. I don't care about the logo on the head stock so much as how the neck feels to me. I've spec'd a neck to "almost" exact specs of my MB Nocaster neck. Once its done I expect that my 52 will get most of the play.Why not order directly from Fender?
Edit: Oops, too late.
That is very decent and I like your choice of SS frets. The only way to go IMHO.Well finally it looks like I've found what I need. I'm having Erik Hansen from Hansen Kustom guitars build me a custom neck exactly to my specs. This neck is going to cost me $350 all in. I thought that was a spectacular price. He had about 10 custom guitars all set up when I went to his house and I was impressed with his work.
1 piece quartersawn maple neck
6105 stainless steel frets
U profile .990 at first fret - .990 at the 12th fret. (no smaller than .990 no larger than 1")
10-46 gauge strings nickel wound
thin nitro on fretboard, Tru Oil on back of neck (as well please tru oil on back of my original neck)
Vintage Telecaster shaped head stock, logo "Hansen"
Truss rod at the heel
I agree about the stainless steel frets. I love them. If the frets weren't so perfectly done on my Masterbuilt Nocaster I'd change them as well. Instead I'll wait till they need some fret work and likely change them then.That is very decent and I like your choice of SS frets. The only way to go IMHO.