Our bodies are made of american red alder or american swamp ash. Swamp ash bodies create a “twangy” sound with a lot of punch and dynamics. Alder bodies sounds more smooth, with comfortable, pearly highs, and are a little less percussive.
Each body is most-possibly prepared for finishing. In some cases the holes for the bridge/ tremolo-fastening-screws may still have to be drilled. Before finishing the body, some final sanding should be done. Instead of lacquer the bodies can also be finished with oil and wax. Due to their decorative grain, most customers prefer swamp ash bodies for this style of finish. But an oil/wax finish also looks great on alder bodies. It is your choice!
Each body is drilled for neck mounting holes and bridge/tremolo mounting holes. Bodies for Tele are also drilled for string mounting holes. We carefully pay attention for lacquer-finishes that are very thin!
Our bodies for Strat feature a beautiful 61s vintage-contour-shaping. That means they have a wide back contour and the top contour covers more than half of the body bottom edge. Our bodies for Tele have a 50s shaping, i.e. an open channel has been routed between neck pickup and the controls cavity (purpose-built for the neck-pickup-cable). Furthermore a small truss rod access has been routed between neck-pickup-routing and neck pocket. This allows neck-adjustment in bolt-on condition. Both routings will be covered by the pickguard.
Our necks are either made of one-piece-maple (even if the fretboard has 22frets), or maple with a rosewood fingerboard. Each neck has an adjustable truss rod. On necks with rosewood fingerboard the truss rod was installed from the top so this necks don´t have a skunk stripe at the back. Each neck has drilled pegholes for tuning machines as well as finished frets. An unslotted nut also is included. The nut can be slotted and trimmed for best action by our crew if you wish. For this service 39,- Euro/neck will be additionally charged. Body bolt attachment holes are generally undrilled.
In case of being offered as unfinished, the neck can be finished in your desired method (lacquer, oil, wax, etc.). Apart from this, the neck is in “ready to play” condition.
If not quoted, measures are supposed to “Fender-standard”. For guitar-necks the width is 42mm at the nut, and 56mm at the 22th fret. For bass-necks the width is 38mm at the nut and 63,5mm at the 20th fret. The scale-length also refers to “Fender-standard” (guitar: 64,8 cm ~ 25-1/2”, bass: 86,4cm ~ 34”). The fretboard radius may differ and will be quoted separately.
Most of the original Fender guitar necks have 21fret fingerboards. Some replacement necks feature 22 fret extension fingerboards. This necks will still fit into the standard neck pocket and requires no modification on bridge or pickup positions.