Update - Here is the email I sent to my buddy Bill the luthier:
Update: I got the neck. I love it – I am so glad I returned the first one. Two great things:
The carve is perfect – it’s just like yours on my first project guitar! That first neck was ordered from Allparts with their “Fat” carve and clearly I prefer it with the shoulders taken down like you did. This neck came from Warmoth with their “Fat” carve – different from Allparts, clearly. Very cool.
I ordered Brazilian Rosewood for the fingerboard and it is gorgeous – on the first neck I ordered, the rosewood was good from a feel standpoint (I find Brazilian Rosewood has a different feel vs. Indian – harder and brighter, but not up in ebony or maple territory – I think you and I have discussed that), but that rosewood was dark brown and looked basically like Indian. This neck has a medium reddish-brown tone with thin dark black stripes that are mostly straight but with a couple of whorls and imperfections – much more obviously Brazilian with that rich, glossy/waxy look to it. You’ll dig it.
Okay – the problems:
It didn’t come with the nut equipped as ordered. I will call them and have one sent out that I can glue into place
The tuners I bought don’t fit – I was precise with the eBay seller (you read my emails; am I a precise guy when I need to be? Grrr.) and he answered correctly, but nevertheless the tuners don’t fit. Gotta confirm the diameter of the holes with Warmoth and order a new set.
So as soon as I get those issues straightened out, I will bolt the neck onto my current Tele and check it out. Once I use that test to figure out what I want to change vs. keep the same between the two guitars, I will swap back the original neck and bring the new one over to you. From there, you can finish it while I get the other parts in – that same honey tint you used on the first neck would be great, as we discussed.
I believe that is all stuff we’ve discussed – if I got anything wrong, let me know. Two other questions:
Could you paint the face of the peghead Gloss Black, like the holly overlay on a Gibson peghead? This neck looks SO much like a simple Les Paul Special neck from the 50’s – heck, it looks like the neck on MY Les Paul Special from 1957 – that I want to embrace the whole “Fender assembly; Gibson look and tone” vibe of the guitar. That neck will look great with the Heritage Cherry body and Les Pauls all have black peghead faces – what do you think?
Could you apply a decal as part of the assembly? Since this neck is unfinished, I can’t apply one yet – it would be better if it were part of your finishing process, correct? Last time I applied a straight-up Fender Tele decal simply because I don’t like naked headstocks and couldn’t think of anything better. This time I have an idea for something – if I can design it and print it off on decal paper, I will bring it along.
That’s all I got for now…although I am contemplating a change to the pickup choices I thought I had settled on…now there’s a surprise.
Any updates on stuff from any other guitar-building Dopers?