About Greg Hails

This author has not yet filled in any details.
So far Greg Hails has created 22 blog entries.

How to make a neck

Many people ask how to make a neck because they want to build one themselves. I encourage that so I made a video. It is incomplete but shows the steps needed to do it. Over time I will add the remaining steps to the video. When I began I made them 100% with hand tools [...]

The definitive Crate V1512, Palomino V16 Cleanup Mod for less than a buck

The Mod Other Mods that are not necessary! A Very Cool Mod SPICE - Frequency response details Lets turn a pig into a princess for less than a dollar minus shipping charges. Really? It can be done! You need one capacitor that will cost you about 35 cents plus shipping. It's a shame Crate [...]

Bowes 7 String Stainless Steel Refret

We don't post refret pictorials unless there is something special or unusual about the procedure or the guitar.  Recently we received a Bowes 7 string and the owner wanted a refret with 6100 stainless steel fret wire. A very good choice for this guitar. This guitar is light weight well balanced and the joinery work [...]

Weston Pickups on a relic Tele

Mike Nix playing his Tele with Weston pickups. Mike decided to go with 6105 stainless steel frets and had the work done here at Aperio. It really makes for easy play as his video suggests. Some fine chops there Mike. Thanks.

What size fret wire should I use?

Customers ask me quite often what size stainless steel fret wire should they use. It takes  experience and talking with you the customer to decide. Lets get this out of the way to start. The size of the fret wire has nothing to do with intonation. If the wire is properly crowned during a refret [...]

Les Paul Buzzing

A customer brought in a Les Paul and stated that it would buzz loudly in various circumstances. He tried to show me how and plugged it in. He said when it happens he could touch the strings or one of the pots in the control cavity and it would go away. I knew it was [...]

Aperio Guitar joins Georgia Prospers to defeat discrimination

Aperio Guitar is proud to join Georgiaprospers.org along with hundreds of other Georgia businesses, to defeat discrimination of ALL kinds in Georgia. Recently, hard right so-called religious freedom bills were introduced in the Georgia legislature. These bills would have legalized discrimination against the LGBT community and could further be interpreted to discriminate against anyone that [...]

What About Fender Neck Heel Width?

We have seen a number of discussions on the forums concerning the heel width of Fender necks and what the corresponding width of the pocket in the body is or should be.  So what is the official width of the Fender neck heel?  It is our opinion that it is 2-3/16" = 2.1875 = 55.5625mm. [...]

Ch-Ch Changes

For all you older rockers, yes I'm one too.  Here is a great article by Christian Wissmuller - actually it is his editorial of this month's MMR magazine. I think you will find it interesting on where the industry is at and where guitar is going. And saying goodbye to the icons that passed already [...]

Stew Mac Flatters Aperio Guitar

In February 2015 we shipped an order of 10 Aperio neck shims to Jamie Arnett at 21 N Shafer St, Athens, OH 45701. There was something familiar about that address and we looked into it. The shipping and billing address was actually Stewart MacDonald's. Hmm. Excitement! Was Jamie ordering them for himself at Stew Mac's [...]