We are more efficient and do not have the overhead of a retail shop so we can offer a fair price. If you go to the site of the biggest online reseller of Fender necks you will see roasted maple necks for over $1,000. That is absurd. I got an email from them as I was writing this post that a ’59 roasted maple neck can be had for the fantastic price of 1100.00! People will pay it, so hats off to the biggest distributor on the web. They are paying for a brand name. A retail shop has to pay salaries to employees and in addition they have to provide a retail location and all the expenses that go with it. We are a small family business and operate from our home, so our expenses are lower. There are no employees other than the two of us. We do all the CAD, CAM, CNC, and web programming, database for accounting, networking, mechanical and electronics mods. We do our own in-house tooling design for our necks and bodies. This all saves money for internal operations of a small business and that savings is passed along to you in comparatively lower prices. With that said, many retail shops that offer refrets have astronomical prices because they can. Nashville is a good example. Business is often what the market will bear. Other retail shops with lower prices use service as a loss leader to get customers in, then attempt to upsell them on their products.
We tie our pricing to the economy, working people and the time it takes to do a refret or build a neck for a reasonable return. Our prices may go up but we try to keep them as low as possible.
It can range from 3 to 6 weeks. It varies with the ebb and flow of orders and repair work I have. We try to keep it at 3-4 weeks and for the most part have been able to do that. If we get backlogged we will stop taking orders until we catch up. Give us a call or send an email and we can give you an idea of where we’re at.
It is guaranteed for life to the original purchaser. If the wood, truss rod, glue joints, dots, or side markers ever fail, return the neck to me and I will either repair it or give you a new one. I do not guarantee fret, fretboard or finish wear. These happen with use and are expected. The stainless steel frets we provide will last a long, long time. Let me know when you wear them out! If the neck is finished with Tru-Oil it will wear a bit over time and you should occasionally touch it up. I do not cover abuse like broken head stocks or jammed and stripped truss rod nuts. There is no reason, other than from misuse or neglect, that any of these two would ever happen with a responsible owner.
Working musicians! People that are out there actually doing it! Aperio necks and bodies are as good as any you will find anywhere. They are priced reasonably for working musicians and are for those that simply need great instruments to play. They have excellent tone and build characteristics. The truss rods adjust the neck easily and they are dual acting to the degree necessary with the minimum of wood removal, unlike others with masses of steel embedded in the neck. If you are looking for wall art or a guitar you are afraid to scratch then Aperio may not be for you. If you play hard we are it! Do what Joe Bonamassa does and take your ’59 Gibson out on tour and play it!
We will make most anything that is within our capabilities. I’ve made everything from Hookah tables to wooden boats and obviously guitars. The question to ask yourself is “can I afford it”?
I get requests quite often, but many people think they can get a $5000 custom guitar for $400 if they shop around and that is just not reality. If you are serious, I must have a phone call with you to talk it over. I cannot respond to emails requesting full blown project estimates. Custom work is just too involved. Deposits are required on custom work of any type. This is because estimates and quotes take time, and the design and build is expensive and time consuming for one off projects.