Neck CPR

Posted by USACG Team on  June 14, 2019
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“Bones, I think that neck needs some CPR” “Dammit Jim, I’m a guitar builder, not an EMT!” What the heck are we talking about and why would my neck need it? As all of you know, and love about us, we use a single action truss rod.  If you have watched the process, it’s essentially a straight steel rod that we force into a curved channel so its hugs really tight (in the spirit of

It’s Wood

Posted by USACG Team on  April 27, 2019
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If you have been reading our posts here you probably know that we try to infuse some humor at times when discussing issues. But it’s always good for us to take a step back and try to realize why we are asked some of the questions we get; or why a specific idea is floating around out there. In general I think we could probably place most of the blame on “too much” information on

Nut Installation

Posted by USACG Team on  April 25, 2019
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We get many requests to install nuts on our necks. While we understand the angst that a nut installation entails, we also know that you don’t want us installing it. Why? you ask. Well, it just so happens that installing it in the beginning is the wrong time! Ask any guitar repair guy or luthier or builder exactly when they install the nut and most will tell you it’s about as close to the last

Tolerances

Posted by USACG Team on  March 15, 2019
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Does size matter? We sometimes receive an upset call or email from a nice customer that ordered say an .840 profile on their neck and it arrives and they whip out their trusty set of calipers and lo and behold its an .856.  “It’s an outrage…it’s a scandal!  I can’t believe it…this is going to ruin everything…do they not have calipers there?… What the $#@&!” We operate, in most circumstances, within an acceptable tolerance of

Roasted Wood

Posted by USACG Team on  February 15, 2019
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What does roasted mean? The “art” of tempering wood has been around for a few years now, and one would think that we would have eradicated all of the misinformation that exist…but NO! One of the things that pops up most of the time, especially about roasted maple necks, is that fact that someone is buying it because they “won’t have to put a finish on it.”  Let me end this here and now. ROASTED