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Building your one-of-a-kind axe

If you have been playing guitar for a while, and particularly if you are making a living as a guitarist, you may want to consider the option of ordering a one-of-a-kind custom guitar. Today, we will discuss the reasons to consider such a purchase and what it entails.

What does “custom” mean, and why should I buy one?

Many guitar companies, large and small, offer custom models in addition to their stock models. The “custom shops” of some companies, such as Gibson, concentrate on building replicas of a classic guitar as played by a well-known musician. These models replicate the exact electronics, wood, and even the tiny dents and scratches in the finish. For purposes of this article, however, we are going to concentrate on guitar makers such as Carvin and Halo that will actually work with you to build a guitar your way, from the ground up.

Your guitar may have sonic limitations. Whether you are looking to get the exact sound you are looking for, or if you simply want to create a unique visual (and sonic) masterpiece, read on!

Oh, the choices

How many strings do you want? 6 strings for a guitar and 4 strings for a bass are the standard, and most musicians are happy to stick with that. But this is an opportunity for you to expand that if you want.

What scale do you want? Most musicians stick with standard scale (about 25” for guitar, 34” for bass), but if you have smaller hands, this is an opportunity to scale down.

What body shape are you looking for? Are you looking for something a little more traditional, or modern, maybe something far-out and funky? Check out the different body styles available with these companies, or see if they can make the body shape to your exact specs.

Now, what construction type are you looking for? Guitars are typically available with the neck bolted onto the body. This is the most common type and the most economical. Other models have the neck set and glued on; still others have neck-through design. Neck-through guitars are the sturdiest but also typically far more expensive.

Now it’s time to choose the wood. Most companies use body woods such as alder and ash because of their resonance, although other types are available. Neck woods are chosen for their playability. You can also choose a different wood for the guitar top based on the finish you want to have.

The pickups are perhaps the most important element of shaping your sound. Some shops offer their own pickups, and some offer pickups from EMG, Seymour Duncan and others. Do your research before choosing which of these to go with.

What type of tuners do you want on your headstock? Always go with locking tuners if you can. On the opposite end, what kind of bridge do you want? There are so many different options to choose from, and we haven’t even talked about strings.

Once you have this figured out, you can move on to the more cosmetic aspects such as color, finish, pickguards, etc.

Final Words

A custom guitar is a big investment. Make absolutely sure your guitar is exactly what you want it to be before purchasing. If you do that, you will have a great instrument as unique as you are.

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