1 Piece Constructed Neck
Made from one piece of wood (1-piece neck), featuring a “skunk stripe” on its rear. It also features a teardrop-shaped “plug” on its headstock.
2 Piece Constructed Neck
If you happen to be looking for a neck with a separate fingerboard, such as a maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard, please refer to our 2-piece neck order form. You will find this on the main order page.
Like choices? We got ’em! We have taken great pains to develop what we feel is the most accurate, comprehensive and complete menu of back profiles in the industry. Back profiles are one of the most personal and important features of any custom neck and we are confident that we have the perfect profile to fit your taste and style. We rough cut these profiles on our CNC and then each one is hand sanded, fine tuned and honed to perfection to ensure that hand made mojo that is so crucial in providing the ultimate guitar neck.
Thin C 78-97 and 79-89
Most popular and most comfortable. Modeled after those groovy 60’s thin back profiles and also widely used on many of the current issue Strats.
Medium C 81-94 and 83-92
The industry standards. Our most commonly requested back profile and the standard used to compare all other profiles to against the average, the norm.
C-90-90 and 90-99
Another popular size and girth. Used on many of the old original Fenders – especially Teles, and used for many of today’s vintage classics.
Fat C 99-10
One of our largest and is often referred to as the Baseball bat. (not for the faint of heart or small handed folk)
The classic chunky C LP shape that was so predominant in the late 50’s.
Thin D 75 81
Our thinnest profile which is Wizard-like and has the popular D shape (shoulders on both sides running up and down the back of the neck, with flat transition in the middle)
This is such a classic profile, and if you have ever have the pleasure of trying a neck like this, you’ll be hooked! Highly sought after, comfortable soft V that is simply legendary.
Boat V 95-95
The vintage standard medium V cut that tends to be a little on the chunkier side.
a soft V that gently tapers to a medium C. Very versatile and popular vintage profile.
7 Strings are here! We are happy to entertain new back profiles for our & string necks. Feel free to contact us to discuss. Here’s a few in stock profiles ready to go.
|12th Dot||Rad 1st||Rad 12Th||Nut Width 1st||Width 12th||Thick 1st||Thick12th||Back Profile||Truss Nut||Plug|
|0043||.61||7.25||7.25||1.65||1.99||.96||1.0||1950 Hard V||Single Slot||No Truss Rod|
|0039||.61||9.5||9.5||1.64||1.98||.91||1.0||1950 Soft V||Single Slot||Walnut Plug|
|0081||.61||9.5||9.5||1.62||1.99||.95||1.02||1950 Hard V||Single Slot||Maple Plug|
|0038||.61||9.5||9.5||1.64||1.98||.86||1.00||1950 Soft V||Single Slot||Walnut Plug|
|0187||.61||9.5||9.5||1.65||1.97||.96||1.00||1950Hard V||Single Slot||Maple Plug|
|0211||.61||9.5||9.5||1.63||1.98||.93||1.00||1950 Hard V||Single Slot||Walnut Plug|
|0255||.60||9.5||9.5||1.66||2.00||.85||1.01||1950 LG D||Single Slot||Walnut Plug|
|0280||.61||9.5||9.5||1.66||1.99||.82||.99||1950 Soft V||Single Slot||Maple Plug|
|0636||.61||9.5||9.5||1.65||1.98||.85||1.00||1950 LG D||Single Slot||Walnut Plug|
|0729||.61||7.25||7.25||1.61||1.96||.84||.97||1950 L GD||Single Slot||Maple Plug|
|0514||.62||9.5||9.5||1.66||2.01||.89||1.00||1951 Soft V||Single Slot||Maple Plug|
|1477||.61||7.25||9.5||1.65||2.00||.86||.99||1951 LG D||Single Slot||Walnut Plug|
|1716||.61||7.25||9.5||1.65||1.99||.87||1.00||1951 Soft V||Single Slot||Walnut Plug|
|1739||.61||9.5||9.5||1.65||2.00||.86||1.00||1951 Soft V||Double Slot||Walnut Plug|
|1044||.81||7.25||7.25||1.66||2.00||.92||1.00||1951 Soft V||Single Slot||Walnut Plug|
|1147||.61||7.25||9.5||1.65||2.00||.85||1.00||1951 LG D||Double Slot||Walnut Plug|
|1531||.58||9.5||9.5||1.63||1.98||.87||.99||1952 LG D||Double Slot||Walnut Plug|
|1844||.60||7.25||9.5||1.63||2.00||.87||1.00||1952 LD D||Double Slot||Walnut Plug|
|3187||.58||7.25||7.25||1.65||1.99||.87||1.00||1952 LG D||Double Slot||Walnut Plug|
|4399||.60||7.25||7.25||1.63||2.00||.85||1.00||1952 LG D||Double Slot||Walnut Plug|
|4875||.58||7.25||7.25||1.62||1.99||.85||.96||1952 LG D||Double Slot||Walnut Plug|
|2386||.69||7.25||7.25||1.66||2.00||.93||.98||1952 Soft V||Double Slot||Walnut Plug|
|3999||.72||7.25||7.25||1.67||2.00||.93||1.00||1953 Baseball Bat||Double Slot||Walnut Plug|
|2283||.75||7.25||7.25||1.67||1.99||.90||.97||1953 Baseball Bat||Double Slot||Walnut Plug|
|4942||.79||7.25||7.25||1.67||2.04||.93||1.00||1953 Baseball Bat||Double Slot||Walnut Plug|
|3670||.76||7.25||7.25||1.65||2.00||.90||1.00||1953 Baseball Bat||Double Slot||Walnut Plug|
|3912||.74||7.25||7.25||1.67||2.00||.90||.99||1953 Baseball Bat||Double Slot||Walnut Plug|
|2438||.79||7.25||7.25||1.63||1.99||.94||1.00||1953 Baseball Bat||Double Slot||Walnut Plug|
|2433||.79||7.25||7.25||1.64||1.99||.94||1.00||1954 LG U||Double Slot||Walnut Plug|
|2650||.76||7.25||7.25||1.60||1.97||.89||.98||1954 LG U||Double Slot||Walnut Plug|
|2852||.79||7.25||7.25||1.60||1.95||.93||1.00||1954 LG U||Double Slot||Walnut Plug|
|3345||.79||7.25||7.25||1.62||1.99||.90||.99||1954 LG U||Double Slot||Walnut Plug|
|4709||.79||7.25||7.25||1.63||1.99||.91||1.00||1954 LG U||Double Slot||Walnut Plug|
We are proud to now offer some very popular additional custom inlay choices, which include traditional style Trapezoids, Blocks, and Diamond Inlays. These are available in Pearloid, white and black.
We offer finger board edges in 3 varieties:
The finger board edge, from the side of the neck to the face of the finger board, is square-shaped. Some feel this is too sharp, others prefer it this way so they can do their own rolling of the edges.
We roll the edges of the finger board just enough to break the sharp edge – without over doing it – just enough to be comfortable. There is no extra charge for this.
For those who prefer a more worn-in look and feel, the degree of roll on the edges is much greater. This is a labor-intensive process and subsequently includes an up-charge.
For necks, we offer a variety of finish options, each with its own advantages:
Some of our clients prefer the neck sent to them “Raw”. This would apply to those that want to apply their own finish. Unfortunately, necks purchased without a finish are covered for only a period of 30 days from the date of delivery. If we ship a neck raw, any issues resulting from atmospheric conditions like warp and twisting are not covered. Please keep this in mind if you choose “Raw” as the finish option.
Thin Lacquer Sealer:
A very thin application of lacquer, with a semi-gloss look and feel; our preferred pre-finish treatment and sufficient to honor our warranty. The advantage of this treatment is that the neck is sealed and ready for the next process if you wish to add more coats of lacquer – whether clear or tinted. We charge $20 for the labor cost involved in the process. We do not offer this in a tinted application.
We hand rub 2 coats of our own special blend of oils and buff to a satin finish. This makes for a smooth and fast neck. Depending on the amount of use the neck gets it will require future applications. We now offer this in a tinted application (Amber Tinted Oil).
We hand rub 1 coat of a special blend of oils that darkens the wood, giving it an aged look. We then hand rub 2 coats of clear oil over that, ensuring that the neck has an aged satin look and feel. Looks the best on Birdseye Maple, but not so much on Regular Maple.
Outside Options for Full Lacquer Finishes:
As the shop has been getting busier and busier, we have decided to focus more on our core business of building custom necks and bodies. Although we offer thin lacquer sealer and oil finishes, many of you may already be aware that we have discontinued full lacquer finishing services on necks and bodies some time ago. We receive many requests daily for these services and would like to provide the contact information for a someone that offers excellent neck and body finishing options.
The contact is Brian who used to operate Orion Guitar Finishing. We have worked with him in the past for such services. You can contact them here: Brian10A@comcast.net | Cell 856-889-7912
Please note that if you decide to use them for your finishing needs, “We will not ship to him or have them pick anything up directly from us”. “You must take delivery of your item from us first” and then you would be responsible for shipping to the finisher. All phone calls, emails, questions and concerns about finishing must be directed to your finisher – once they are shipped to you and you receive them. We are not responsible for them after that point.
This way we can ship items as per usual – very efficiently without the need to spend valuable time on answering questions emails and phone calls about finishing or order status updates which will allow us to focus on our main business and keep build times at a reasonable length. All questions about outside finishing services should be directed to the number above. They are a small shop and may not be able to get back to you right away, so please be patient.
Over the years we have perfected the way we install and setup the frets on our replacement necks and feel we have it down to a science! Our frets are smooth, level, beveled on the ends and ready to play. We have taken string tension and pull into consideration and the neck you receive should yield a few thousands of relief without a truss rod adjustment right out of the box! Of course, your setup needs may vary and you may want the frets tweaked by a professional Luthier, although this is usually not necessary. For a factory replacement neck, we feel that our fret work is the best in business.
German made Nickel Silver Wire
18% Nickel Silver (German Silver) Features rich silver color, which remains bright and tarnish-free and dimensional accuracy.
EVO Gold Fret Wire
This fret wire is good for the gold look and some people prefer a slightly harder fret than standard nickel alloy but softer than stainless steel which is what you get with the EVO stock.
Stainless Steel Fret Wire
Available in all of our most common sizes. The stainless steel is much harder that the standard fret wire and will not wear down nearly as fast. It tends to brighten the sound of the neck so it would be wise to take this into account when selecting the specs for your custom neck.
Heel width is defined as the widest part of the neck, as measured at the butt end.
Our default heel width for guitar necks is Fender-sized 2-3/16” (55.56mm) which is the industry standard for Strats and Teles.
Most Charvel replacement necks (and some other styles) require a wider heel width of 2-1/4” (57.15mm).
Both widths are available; please measure your neck pocket or double check the specifications required for your particular circumstances before placing your order.
An important note: Strat necks have a rounded base to their heel and Tele necks have a squared-off base to their heel, which makes it difficult to interchange the two types of necks across various bodies, depending on what they are routed for. This is another detail we encourage you to confirm before placing your order.
We will gladly drill 4 mounting holes in the neck you choose. We drill for standard Fender specs with a spread of 2″ x 1-1/2″. The only other configuration we offer for mounting holes is 2″x 1-1/4″, which would fit with the old style vintage narrow-hole Kramer neck plates.
We offer neck binding for necks in 3 colors: white, black and cream.
We offer a large variety of different fingerboard radius choices.
The radius of the fingerboard is expressed by a number (usually from 7-1/4″ to 16″). This number relates to the degree of curvature of the fingerboard from one side to the other when sighting the neck at the heel or headstock. The higher the number, the flatter the radius.
We also offer compound radius fingerboards. A compound radius fingerboard starts at one radius at the nut and flattens out as it transitions to the heel of the neck. The compound radius is very popular with players who like to do a lot of chording and soloing all over the neck.
From the Graphtech Website: TUSQ produces more harmonics in the mid and upper range of guitars. TUSQ nuts, saddles and bridge pins have harmonically rich tones, without the inconsistency found in ivory, bone or other natural materials. Bone and Ivory have hard and soft spots (grain) throughout each piece, hampering consistent transfer of vibrations to the guitar top. TUSQ has been designed to transfer the right frequencies more efficiently from the strings to the guitar’s body.
Bone remains the “king of nuts,” and is the historically correct material for vintage guitars. Nothing is as sexy as a polished bone nut on a 1-piece maple neck! The tone is very balanced and the open strings are never too loud or shrill, and you can be sure that it will last a long time. It is important to use unbleached bone, because it self-lubricates naturally, which helps you stay in tune when using a tremolo. Also, cosmetically, unbleached bone can be polished to a higher shine than bleached bone. We at Musikraft prefer unbleached camel bone. It is comparable to ivory in tone and appearance, and has a very even density.
Made in Germany. 1.6875″ locking nut for Floyd Rose Tremolo Systems
Simply put – this is the way we prepare the nut slot to receive the nut.
Flat Style means that the bottom of the slot is flat to receive a nut that has a flat bottom to it. Most after market nuts are sold this way, and it’s the preferred style here at Musikraft.
Floyd Rose Nut Shelf: A shelf that is routed to accommodate a Floyd Rose nut. We take the fret height, nut width and preferred Floyd® number into consideration when routing the shelf. The mounting screws will be the type of wood screw installed by yourself.
Floyd Rose Nut Self with rear mounting holes: Same as above but with recessed mounting holes drilled from the rear.
Nut width is the width of the neck as measured at the nut.
For Guitars we offer the following:
1-5/8″ (41.28mm) This nut width works best for those who have smaller hands or prefer tighter string spacing. Probably our most common nut width.
1.65″ (41.91mm) This size is popular with most vintage 50’s and 60’s Fender necks. If you are looking for an accurate nut width for vintage styles, this is the correct choice.
1-11/16 (42.86mm) This is the size used on most modern necks; it allows for a bit more space between strings.
For Bass Guitars we offer the following:
1.5″ (38.10mm) Jazz Bass
1.6″ (40.64mm) Vintage Tele Bass
1.62″ (41.28mm) Custom J Bass
1.69″ (42.93mm) Standard P Bass
1.75″ (44.45mm) Custom P Bass
For the most part, right and left handed necks are self explanatory.
The only real differences between a true lefty neck and a reverse righty neck are the location of the side dots, the way the nut is slotted for strings, and some back profiles. All of these depend on whether or not the neck is being crafted for right-handed or left-handed play.
The length of a guitar’s scale is the distance from the leading edge of the nut to the saddles of the bridge, more precisely to the high E saddle. An easy way to determine the length of the scale is to measure from the leading edge of the nut to the 12th fret, and then double it.
Standard Fender scale 25 1/2” (25.5”) for guitar
This is our standard Fender-licensed guitar replacement neck and the normal scale length for traditional Fender style guitars (Strat, Tele, etc.)
Standard Fender scale 34” for bass
This is our standard Fender-licensed bass replacement neck and the normal scale length for traditional Fender style basses (P bass, Jazz Bass, etc.)
Gibson 24 3/4” (24.75”) Conversion Neck
Designed to bolt directly on to a standard 25 1/2” scale body, this neck will NOT require any modifications to bridge placement or the body overall. A conversion neck is a quick and easy way to convert your current Fender-scale guitar to more of a Gibson feel by lessening the string tension and reducing the distance between frets.
Standard Gibson 24 3/4” (24.75”) Scale Neck
On our set neck model, the LP Custom, we use a standard LP style neck with a 24 3/4” (24.75”) scale length.
Jaguar 24” Scale
Replacement neck is the appropriate scale length for your Fender Jaguar guitar.
We offer a wide variety of tone woods. The wood choices listed below are all excellent options for your neck, and in most cases the industry standards in their categories.
The mainstay of the music industry. Great with just about every body type, and sonically very balanced with good tone.
Quarter Sawn Maple
Because of its 90 degree grain orientation, quarter sawn maple is known to be very straight, strong and rigid. The resulting effect on your overall tone is usually to enhance brightness and sustain. Quarter Sawn maple tends to require less adjustments and is usually less susceptible to seasonal shifting and changes.
Birdseye Maple Select/Premium/Private Reserve
Figured Rock Maple characterized by small dark grain swirls or circles – “Birdseyes” – throughout the wood. Our select grade of Birdseye is roughly equivalent to 2A-3A figuring, and our Premium is equivalent to 4A quality. Our Private Reserve is comprised of 5A+ and rare, unique examples of this wood type.
A tone wood that looks and sounds great. Part of the rosewood family that has a rich medium to darker tan/brown color and is an affordable alternative to necks made from all rosewood.
The top contender and age old “go-to” wood for warm, rich tone with nice sustain and great looks. This wood is more expensive and rare, but worth it if you are looking specifically for a darker wood neck that will deliver in most – if not all – of the important categories.
Limited Quantity Quarter Sawn Flame Maple
Great news! We just received a shipment of curly flamed quartersawn maple for necks! Quartersawn is somewhat rare and so is flame maple, but the two combined is almost impossible to find these days, and that’s exactly what we have here! This is super nice, dry and straight as an arrow. Quartersawn is known for extra rigidity, stability and brighter clear tones, but is not always so interesting to look at, so when you add flame figuring to the equation you truly get the best of both worlds. This wood is available right now on our order forms – under the “shaft” or “neck wood” pull down selection menus. It is available in 3A figuring “Select Grade” and 4-5A figuring “Premium Grade”. We don’t expect it to last too long so make sure you get your orders in as soon as possible so you don’t miss out!
Standard 2mm side markers are available in a large variety of materials, and we also offer 50/50 side dot placement for 2-piece necks. 50/50 placement means that the side dots will be placed straight down the seam of a 2-piece neck, just like in the old days – half on the fingerboard and half on the neck!
We also offer the larger 3/32” dots in black or white, which were standard on the vintage Blackguard necks and are also great for better visibility due to their larger size.
We now offer Glow in the dark side dots 3/32. They come in Blue and Green.
Slab style Finger boards are approximately .25″ thick in the center and glued flat on the maple portion of the neck.
Veneer style Finger boards are approximately .11″ thick and glued over the maple portion on the neck that has already been radius’d. Note: Our 59 truss rod option is not available with a veneer setup.
We typically use black top dots for maple necks, and white or imitation clay top dots for darker boards. We also offer very nice abalone, authentic clay dots for our vintage enthusiasts, as well as rosewood, for all you vintage Charvel fans out there. We are proud to offer our newest addition to this category, with our exclusive white Glow-In-The-Dark and side dots. These dots will help you keep your place in dimly lit situations and are a favorite with many of our professional musician clients.
Glow in the Dark (Moon Glow) Green
Glow in the Dark (Moon Glow) Blue
Black Rim Glow in the Dark
Allows for adjustment of the neck in order to correct for too much relief in the neck due to variables, such as temperature and humidity changes. This style of truss rod is common with vintage (and some modern style) necks. One of its advantages is that it is slightly lighter in weight than a dual acting rod. From our experience, there is no significant sonic advantage when compared to a dual rod. Additionally, you can only correct for too much relief in the neck. This rod cannot correct a back bow situation. However, we do take back bow into consideration when installing and setting the neck up for fretting. For the vintage enthusiast who seeks the vintage vibe, this rod is an excellent choice. Our single acting rods come with the standard cross-slotted or Phillips-style truss adjustment nut. Single acting rods are available as a heel adjustment only.
Allows for adjustment of the neck to correct for BOTH back bow or under bow (relief). Most modern constructed necks have this type of rod. It is the preferred truss rod here at Musikraft due to its versatility. This rod is available as a heel or a headstock-adjusting rod and has a female allen head receptacle as its adjustment nut.
Vintage Dual Acting
We are happy to introduce a new truss rod option here at Musikraft. We wanted a way to offer both the vintage look as well as the reliability of a more modern functioning truss rod. Single acting truss rods with a double slotted adjustment nut are typical with vintage Fender style neck construction. The down side to this method, is the fact that you can only correct for seasonal changes if the neck has too much relief (up-bow). But what do you do if your neck does not have any relief or is back bowed? A neck with a dual acting rod provides the ability to correct for both up-bow and back-bow. With a single acting rod you are limited to correcting for up-bow only. We found that a lot of our clients are willing to risk not being able to correct for back-bow in order to maintain that vintage look and vibe. Now you can have the best of both worlds: a vintage style truss rod that works like a modern dual acting rod. Our new vintage dual rod looks vintage but acts modern. Our vintage dual rod adds 2 ounces of mass to the neck. More mass equals more tone and sustain – not to mention the dual function adds piece of mind.
Dual Acting @ Head Floyd on 1-piece neck:
A 4mm T handle ball-end wrench is required to adjust our dual acting rods which adjust at the head stock. These will soon be among our items for sale. Simply search on Google to find alternative places to purchase them. Note: The wrench must be a ball-end wrench.
Dual Acting @ Head through Plug
A 4mm T-handle ball-end wrench is required to adjust our dual acting rods which adjust at the head stock. These will soon be among our items for sale. Simply search on Google to find alternative places to purchase them. Note: The wrench must be a ball-end wrench.
Wheel Adjust @ Heel
Wheel Adjust WolfGang Style
Currently only available on our MKW and Charvel Necks
We offer the following sizes of stock tuner. If your project requires hole sizes that are outside of our displayed stock options, please get in touch with us.
Fits Kluson type tuners of vintage size
Vintage 2-step 11/32” on the face and 1/4″ on the rear
Fits vintage Kluson style tuners
The most common diameter for modern Schaller, Sperzel, and Gotoh type tuners
Important note: We do not drill holes for the small set screws or pegs for tuning machines, due to the fact that there are so many different models and styles of tuners on the market, and most of them have different locations for these holes. These set screw holes should be drilled at the time of setup and assembly of your guitar in order to ensure proper placement. If you do not feel confident drilling these holes yourself, it would be a good idea to seek the help of a qualified tech or luthier to carry out this task.
Due to tightening CITES restrictions and also lack of availability of instrument grade, jet black ebony, we have decided to make the switch to Richlite (much like many other industry giants like Martin and Gibson) which is an excellent sustainable alternative to Ebony. Please see the information below from their website about the benefits of Richlite:
RICHLITE is an incredibly durable, extremely versatile, and highly sustainable material made from resin-infused paper. Originally developed over 70 years ago for industrial tooling and pattern making, Richlite has expanded into a premium surface material used in the aerospace, marine, action sports, culinary, architecture, and design industries, and in machine shops and automotive manufacturing. Handmade from many layers of high quality custom craft paper, Richlite’s surface texture comes from the natural variation in the way fibers lay within the paper. Composed of approximately 65% FSC®-certified or recycled paper content and 35% phenolic resin, Richlite’s color comes from a combination of the paper and the amber tone of the resin.
Many musical instrument companies, including Gibson and Martin, have been offering Richlite as an excellent, sustainable alternative to black Ebony.
Acoustically superior with consistent density.
Moisture acclimated and inherently stable.
Durable while maintaining a smooth ebony look and feel.
Impact resistance superior to wood products.
We offer guitars with 21, 22 and 24 frets.
21 frets are common on most vintage style necks. A 21-fret neck does not have a fingerboard extension overhanging the heel end of the neck.
22-fret necks have a standard overhang of 0.3” (7.62 mm) and you can choose between a fingerboard end that is rounded – for the Strat® style – or one that is squared off – for the Carvel, Tele and Banana 2 styles.
24-fret necks have a standard overhang of 0.3” (7.62 mm) and you can choose between a fingerboard end that is rounded – for the Strat® style – or one that is squared off – for the Carvel, Tele and Banana 2 styles.
Please do not use this page unless instructed by MusiKraft sales personnel to do so.
These are charges that are reserved for special circumstances and incidentals that are not accounted for on our main order menus. These charges do not apply to any orders. Please do not use this page unless directed by MusiKraft sales personnel to do so.
ROASTED MAPLE / COOKED MAPLE / CARAMELIZED MAPLE
We are proud to offer an unique and exceptional wood choice for your project. Our roasted maple necks undergo a special kiln drying process which involves heating the wood to over 300 degrees in a special kiln, removing the moisture from the wood. This process vulcanizes the wood, making it stronger yet lighter in weight. The big advantage is that after this process, the wood becomes much less susceptible to moisture and climate changes, resulting in a more stable and predictable piece of wood. This is great for necks, especially, and will minimize need for adjustments between seasons and different weather conditions. An extra bonus from this process is that, while stabilizing figured maple, which is typically not so stable, it also greatly enhances the color and figuring in the wood. The finished product usually looks stunning, has improved tone and increased sustain!
Note: We no longer offer color variations in the roasting process. The color varies from one piece of wood to the next. It’s our estimation that the color will be somewhere between light and medium and is subjective. This treatment does not replace the neck finish, at a minimum we recommend at least our $20 thin lacquer sealer finish option.
This menu is for the Up-Charge only and does not include the price of the neck.