FAQ

We’ve shipped almost everywhere in the world from Vancouver BC. Here’s a breakdown of our rates and times to your place.

Shipping Rates

48 within North America

118 for Europe and Northern Countries

148 for the Southern Hemisphere

 

Time it takes to ship and get to you.

4-10 days In Stock Items

7-9 weeks for custom guitars

4-5 months for the fabulous Bespoke guitars

 


So.. here’s the scoop..

The custom old school guys and our Bespoke guys,  they  build  the guitar in the raw first, put all the pieces in place with the neck glued, string it up and then take it apart and paint the guitar as one piece. This is harder and requires a spray booth, some skill, as well as a way of holding the guitar so you can get paint on it properly.  There are some elaborate systems for this feat for sure!

Most folks though paint the body and neck separately because it is way easier to get a great finish in the guitar.

If this is your fist build, definitely go this route.

Make sure you mask off any of the surfaces in the body neck pocket and neck tenon that are going to be glued.. no paint there.  Mask or plug the holes for the bridge.  Once you have the colour on, then you can put the guitar together and put a final clear coat on to make the join seamless.

 


African is a lighter wood, lighter in colour and in weight, density.  It’s a far more abundant and thus less expensive, although the price lately for a board foot is creeping up. It has a beautiful grain to it, that dazzles wonderfully beneath a stain or clear coat, more golden in colour.

Honduran is the wood all the old guitars from the 50’s were made of. It’s a dense, heavy dark wood. The idea was that the denser wood would be better for tonal qualities, it certainly does give it colour. The old growth stuff was, in my opinion, too heavy and dense.

The Honduran we have now, is great, is dense, dark and plays well. It getting very, very expensive though, much harder to get than it used to.  It is a beautiful grained wood too, darker in colour than the african, more rich brown than golden and easily identifiable.

We take time to get the right tone woods so both are excellent, you won’t be disappointed. I think honduran has the slight edge over african though.. just a bit.


This is a bit of the discussion on 1 piece vs 2 piece body construction.

One piece is felt to be better at holding and thus enhancing tone. It is one chunk of wood so the vibrations are thought to travel better and it’s more of what nature intended.

A two piece body is a more stable platform for a guitar, as the two pieces have their grains, ( this is something we do well ) matched opposing when glued.

A one piece has more of a potential to warp as it is a big piece of wood.

I don’t believe there to be a degradation on tone with the two piece, really.

Now you can see why there is so much time and discussion about it, and if you’re in the bar after a few beer, the opinions are even stronger and wronger…. 🙂


Attached is a pic of the chambering we do.

It brings the weight of the guitar done about 1 full pound to about 7 lbs and to our ear, there is no tonal degradation.  Because this style of guitar uses such a big piece of lumber, we think that chambering it makes it an awesome all night long guitar.

 

59 Carved Top Chambered Guitar
This is how we chamber our 59 Carved Top Guitar.

 


We have three sized necks for the Carved Top and Jr.s

60’s – slim and fast 1st Fret .8″ / 12th fret .885 ”
59 – a big more girth – 1st Fret .877 / 12th fret.976
JR – baseball cut – 1st Fret .955 / 12th fret 1.125


Here are the dimensions you’ll need to have your wood blanks for guitar cut to.

For a 59 Carved Top Style, we need:

  • Body blank – 13.25” x 1.75” x 18”
  • Cap – 13.25” x .625” x 18”
  • Neck – 3.5” wide  x 2.135” thick  x 32” long

For A Junior

  • Neck – 3.5” wide  x 1.89” thick  x 32” long
  • Body blank – 13.25” x 1.75” x 18”
  • Cap – 13.25” x .625” x 18”

For A Strat Style

  • Body blank – 13.25” x 1.75” x 18.5”
  • Neck –   4” wide x .76 thick x 32 long

For A Tele Style

  • Body blank – 13.25” x 1.89” x 18.5”
  • Neck –   4” wide x .76 thick x 32 long

 

For these wood blanks for guitars, the thickness needs to be 100% clear, straight, perfect, and ready as glue surfaces.  If this is not possible, they need to be left thicker so we can mill them down.

We dont offer any discount now for your own wood.  It has proven in the past to be a hec of a lot of work getting to the shop. Thanks..


This is just about the best step by step explanation of the techniques of french polishing.  French polishing traditionally has been done on classical guitars, the folks who make them say that it is a remarkable finish for getting the best tone possible. Some tone hound  electric guitar players I know have now starting to use this technique.

Take a read, it’s interesting

http://www.milburnguitars.com/fpbannerframes.html


I think this’ll do just fine….


We finish our guitars up to 320 grit. Thats pretty good for paint, some painters will take it up to 400 or 500. You may wanna do a quick once over yourself but it doesn’t require you to shape or shim, no hard work, we’ve done all that.

You get to do the beauty work.

Now if you were going to do a TruOil finish I would suggest that you sand up to 800 grit. That will make it wonderfully smooth to play. I do all my necks up to that and it is a pleasure to play them.


No, they are not. We have taken what we think is the best model and fashioned our guitar kits around them. For our Carved Tops, the LP Series, we use a 13-degree headstock angle with a 4-degree neck angle designed into the neck/tenon butt.

We also have a rounded blend with the neck and body join. This is way better, we think, because is allows for a much tighter fit. Traditional Les Pauls have a block—this is a hang-over from the old days when it was chiseled out.


Yes and no, but mostly no. We have fashioned joins that are for our guitar kits. If you are comfortable with making alterations and shimming it a bit then by all means. Just letting you know that it is not a drop in.


We want to make this simple. If for some reason you don’t want the kit anymore or you find you want something different, no problem. We will gladly arrange that.

You pay the shipping back.

You need to get an Return Authorization from me and I will send you the documents to include on the outside of the shipment and advise which shipper to use depending on where you are.

My email is phil@precisionguitarkits.com


It is in US dollars