#1
so im filling out a quote form for a custom. and im a little lost. i know some of the stuff, but the others im just not quite sure on.
is there someone who could help explain the form a little bit better?
R or L handed »
Scale length »
Body shape »
Construction »
Body material »
Top wood options »
Body binding »
Binding material »
Pickup configuration »
Finish »
Custom finish »
Headstock shape »
Neck material »
Headstock »
Truss rod cover »
Headstock finish »
Neck finish »
Fingerboard material »
Number of frets »
Fret size »
Fingerboard inlays (MOP) »
Custom inlays »
Inlay at 12th fret (MOP) »
Fingerboard side inlays »
Fingerboard binding »
Headstock binding »
Nut »
Width »
Hardware color »
Bridge system »
Tuning machines »
Straplocks »
Pickups »
Pickup rings »
Control knobs »
Other controls »
Pickup selector »
Flight case »
#2
Why don't you narrow it down a bit for us?
-I'm guessing you know, for example, if you're right or left handed.
-If you don't know the majority of those things, you shouldn't be ordering a custom guitar.

What kind of guitar is it?
#3
Tell us what you want to know. Narrow it down
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#4
R or L handed »
Scale length » 24.75 is gibson, 25.5 is fender scale. Longer scale has more string tension.
Body shape » If you don't know this, don't buy a custom.
Construction » This means nothing unless you're given some options.
Body material » Again, you should probably know what you want here.
Top wood options » Pick something pretty. Flame maple is popular.
Body binding » Your preference. Probably costs more.
Binding material » Again, preference.
Pickup configuration » Something you should know already.
Finish » Preference.
Custom finish » Ditto.
Headstock shape » 3x3 or 6 in line tuners, other than that it's hard to tell
Neck material » Usually mahogany if you've got a mahogany body, otherwise maple.
Headstock » ...yes?
Truss rod cover » Not sure what the question is.
Headstock finish » Usually more expensive to have a matching color headstock
Neck finish » Satin, gloss, vintage tint. Satin feels like raw wood, the others don't.
Fingerboard material » Maple, rosewood, or ebony are popular. You should probably know what you want already.
Number of frets » You should know this, or not care and use the standard 22.
Fret size » 6105 is thin fender wire, then jumbo, extra jumbo, then 6100 super jumbo. If you don't know, jumbo is a safe bet unless it's a fender style.
Fingerboard inlays (MOP) » Yes or no.
Custom inlays » $$$$
Inlay at 12th fret (MOP) » Something special, if you want it.
Fingerboard side inlays » Black, white or cream.
Fingerboard binding » Black, white, cream, maybe other options depending on the company.
Headstock binding » Ditto.
Nut » Bone, graphite, corian, or plastic, usually.
Width » 1-5/8, 1-11/16, 1-3/4 are standard.
Hardware color » Chrome, nickel, gold, black.
Bridge system » Know your options.
Tuning machines » Pick one you like. Locking is good.
Straplocks » Schaller or dunlop.
Pickups » A million options, you should already know what you want.
Pickup rings » Black, white, cream.
Control knobs » Lots of options here. Barrel, tophat, bell, etc.
Other controls »
Pickup selector » Pick a color.
Flight case » Yes or no.
#6
k,heres what i do know
R or L handed » right handed
Scale length » 25.5
Body shape »rg550
Construction »neck through
Body material »basswood
Top wood options »
Body binding »
Binding material »
Pickup configuration »H-S-S
Finish »satin
Custom finish »
Headstock shape »
Neck material »maple
Headstock »
Truss rod cover »
Headstock finish »
Neck finish »
Fingerboard material »maple
Number of frets »24
Fret size »jumbo
Fingerboard inlays (MOP) »
Custom inlays »
Inlay at 12th fret (MOP) »
Fingerboard side inlays »
Fingerboard binding »
Headstock binding »
Nut »
Width »
Hardware color »black
Bridge system »floyd rose
Tuning machines »
Straplocks »
Pickups »emg 85 in the bridge, and EMG SA's in the neck & middle
Pickup rings »
Control knobs »volume, 2x tone
Other controls »
Pickup selector »5 way pickup selector
Flight case »
#7
If you don't even know what nut and neck width you want, you really shouldn't be looking at any custom guitars. Blowing a few grand on a guitar when you don't know something as vital as nut size is going to be quite a waste as you'll almost certainly end up with something that doesn't play or feel right for you.

The nut is the strip of plastic, corian, bone, graphite&teflon or brass (or in the case of a Floyd, the three locking saddles) that sits at the top of the fretboard, before the first fret. Getting this and the overall neck width right is very important, much more important to playability than neck thickness is. You could have the thinnest neck in the world but if the nut is too wide for you you sitll won't be able to play on it easily.

Every brand of guitar has their own few nut widths. Nobody can tell you what is best; you need to go out, try as many different guitars as you can, note down the specs of each guitar you like and then you should eventually come up with a refined list of the specs that suit you best. Above all, do not go for something just because the description on the website sounds good or because somebody else told you they found a particular measurement or feature useful. Especially when you're looking at an expensive custom build, you need to make sure everything is right for you; that means you have to know exactly what it is you want and what you're buying. If you have any doubts, if you have to ask - leave the custom build for a while, come back to it once you're more experienced.
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#8
Quote by MrFlibble
If you don't even know what nut and neck width you want, you really shouldn't be looking at any custom guitars. Blowing a few grand on a guitar when you don't know something as vital as nut size is going to be quite a waste as you'll almost certainly end up with something that doesn't play or feel right for you.


+1 You should know all those before you even start looking at buying a custom guitar IMO. If you don't then well then maybe you should just stick with some factory guitars for a while more.
#11
u really shouldnt be buying a custom guitar.wait a few years until u know what u want
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#12
R or L handed » Right
Scale length »25.5
Body shape » Ibanez rgt6exfx
Construction » neck through
Body material » Mahogany
Top wood options »
Body binding » none
Binding material » none
Pickup configuration » Hum-Hum
Finish » Blood red
Custom finish »
Headstock shape » Ibanez rgt6exfx reverse
Neck material »Mahogany
Headstock »Mahogany
Truss rod cover »Yes
Headstock finish »Blood Red
Neck finish » Blood Red
Fingerboard material » Rosewood
Number of frets » 24
Fret size » Jumbo
Fingerboard inlays (MOP) » Crossbones
Custom inlays »
Inlay at 12th fret (MOP) » Flaming skull
Fingerboard side inlays » Dots
Fingerboard binding » none
Headstock binding » none
Nut » Graphite
Width » 1-3/4
Hardware color » Black
Bridge system » LFR Fixed
Tuning machines » Grover tuners
Straplocks » Dunlop
Pickups » Seymour duncan blackouts
Pickup rings » black
Control knobs » 1 volume
Other controls » none
Pickup selector » 3 way toggle
Flight case » if that just means guitar case then yes.


That is what i'd choose
#13
R or L handed » right
Scale length » 24.75
Body shape » sg
Construction » set neck
Body material » mahogany
Top wood options » none
Body binding » none
Binding material » none
Pickup configuration » H-H
Finish » silverburst
Custom finish » silverburst
Headstock shape » gibson les paul custom
Neck material » mahogany
Headstock » mahognany
Truss rod cover » bell
Headstock finish » black
Neck finish » satin black
Fingerboard material » ebony
Number of frets » 23 O.o
Fret size » 6130
Fingerboard inlays (MOP) » yes
Custom inlays » none
Inlay at 12th fret (MOP) » led zeppelin angel
Fingerboard side inlays » black dots
Fingerboard binding » cream
Headstock binding » gibson les paul custom binding
Nut » brass
Width » 1 5/8
Hardware color » chrome
Bridge system » bigsby
Tuning machines » grrrroverrrr
Straplocks » schaller
Pickups » gibson tony iommi (B) gibson classic 57' (N)
Pickup rings » black
Control knobs » 2 volume 2 tone
Other controls » kill switch on top volume
Pickup selector » black
Flight case » yes

that should give you a good idea
#14
Lol. I think some people didn't read the whole OP.
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