What is the best place to get a neck replacement ?

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  1. chad kennith

    chad kennith Senior Member

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    I have a USA Standard Strat, 2015. I would like a neck with 12" radius and jumbo frets. What are the best replacement necks out there, for both quality and price? Thanks.
     
  2. Uncle Remus

    Uncle Remus Silver Supporter

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    Most go through warmoth. I have a very nice tele neck from them, but it took $200 in fret work to be great.
     
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    mmd Senior Member

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    I just put a Warmoth tele neck on my Esquire build, and it needs the frets leveled. If you want something "easier" to deal with, look up "the Stratosphere" on ebay. They strip Fenders and sell the parts. I have bought good, ready to go necks from them many times.
     
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    Crotch Members Only Premium Member

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    Warmoth is good to work with.

    Stratosphere is very overpriced imho.

    Also you can use All Parts if you want officially licensed stuff.

    Warmoth will give you the most finish options.

    I've bought necks off ebay as well.
     
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    I've done Warmoth and USA Custom Guitars. Both were nice, but I preferred the Warmoth.
     
  6. Brutus

    Brutus Senior Member

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    I've always used Musikraft. Never a problem what so ever. Always top quality.
     
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    Walt_T Senior Member

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    I've put three Warmoth Teles together, granted 16 years ago. The necks are flawless, frets level and polished out of the box. But Warmoth is much bigger now, pushing product out the door can compromise quality sadly.
    But if I were looking for a new neck, Warmoth would be my choice.
     
  8. Who

    Who are you? Who who who who.... Premium Member

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    Find a MiM with the neck paces you like.

    Strip the parts, sell them.

    You'll probably end up with a free neck, if you wait for the right MiM.


    Take the ego-hit on no longer owning an American Strat. You'll find yourself saying "it's an American body, and electronics (as if the electronics are MIA).
     
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    I used USACG and couldn't be happier with my Tele build. Of course they do all generations Strat necks too. They stock a lot of Roasted wood as well. I did a quartersawn Roasted Maple Neck and Fretboard with SS 6150 frets. They sent it out for Nitro lacquer. Perfect! Unfortunately, they don't do any finishing work anymore. That's up to you.

    Call Tommy Rosamond there for a price. He left Warmoth over 20years ago to open USACG. He'll walk you through all the choices available to get you exactly what you want. He has 5 places that do finishing work listed on their website. They'll ship it directly to the finisher of your choice.

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    Had good luck with Warmoth over the years.
     
  11. Rob H.

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    I've used Warmoth, USACG, Musikraft, and AllParts.

    It depends on the specs I'm after and how particular I'm being for a specific build (e.g. do I want 50/50 side dots, what nut width...Warmoth does 1 5/8th but not 1.650 etc)

    Musikraft is the most flexible for what I'm usually after, but I'll go with AllParts to save a few bucks when the details are close enough.
     
  12. Leña_Costoso

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    Catching this thread sorta late, but... my own $0.02 experience...

    Biased because I've never used anything but Warmoth. Never had a bad neck. Have had one, and only one, little issue, which was a not fully seated fret at fret 22 on a neck. I can't remember the exact details, but they only made 22 fret necks then, which also included the "must have" features for the design of the guitar. I seem to recall it was vintage modern, with a custom radius. To the best of my knowledge, they've moved past that limitation. At any rate, with perhaps 20 or more necks purchased over the years, that was it. The fix was a plastic mallet and some tap-tap-tap to seat the fret. No big deal.

    I will say.... I'm in love with their fatback necks, and stainless frets. Usually go for the 12inch cylindrical radius. Those stainless frets... you can bend like you're on greased owl snot, so nice.

    Warmoth does cut their "fitted" nuts a bit high and that's no big deal to do the final fit on the slots, trim the top just a tad in so doing. They get 'em 85 percent there, as the fit is great, just shallowish (but playable) nut slots.

    I've had their gloss finish, its good, same as Fender. Had one in matte, with a polished headstock face - matte finish is lacquer by the way (gloss is poly). Now I just do my own finish for $10 in rattle can and a bit of time and elbow grease.

    Biased, never dealt with the other companies, except I got a Mighty-Mite neck on a trade, and built it into a Toiletcaster. It was ok, not great fret work, but playable.
     
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    Would you look at that grain? That's pretty, right there ... acoustic bear-claw on an electric.
     

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