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Old 05-29-2010, 10:37 PM
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Replacement Necks


Hey guys, just signed up for a forum account, I've been aware of this website and a fan of Ibanez guitars for many years now.

So I've procured a left handed, black RG550 body and a left handed, original edge tremolo, which are all the hard bits I need to begin a little project . Anyway, assuming I can't pick up a lefty square heel on any well known auction site, or a righty reverse perhaps (did they make these back in the day? I've seen Paul Gilbert with one...?), who do you guys recommend for having one made? Is there someone out there who's the Jemsite 'neck guy?'.

Thanks,

Liam.
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Old 05-29-2010, 10:39 PM
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Re: Replacement Necks


Send Ernie at ET Guitars a message. The banner at the top will link you to his site.

Cheers,

Tim
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Old 05-29-2010, 10:45 PM
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Re: Replacement Necks


You could also look for an old RG565 neck--these had reversed headstocks. They are very rare by themselves, and even whole RG565s are pretty scarce. I second the ET guitars suggestion. There are a few other sellers at "that auction site" who crank out some decent Ibanez replacement necks...
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Old 05-29-2010, 11:36 PM
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Re: Replacement Necks


ET was completely unresponsive to me after the first email. YMMV - Perhaps you'll have better luck, but I can't recommend them.

I'd recommend watching e-bay.
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Old 05-30-2010, 09:21 AM
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Re: Replacement Necks


I've had no problem communicating with Ernie at ET. My neck should be done in a week or so, so I can't comment on his work just yet, but he's always been quick to reply and friendly to deal with. His actual completion time was a little longer than the estimate, but that's why it's called an estimate, and I did change a spec or two along the way. When the neck gets here I will tell you how it looks and when the rest of the guitar is ready I can comment on the feel.
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Old 05-30-2010, 09:28 AM
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Re: Replacement Necks


Everyone's experience is going to vary a little. But my experience with them was an initial email from me, then a response from them with a form asking me to detail my specifications which I returned. Then...nothing.

Falls kind of short on the customer service end. Especially for a site sponsor.

I'm glad there are those who've had a good experience with ET. But I personally won't recommend them.
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Old 05-30-2010, 11:05 AM
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Re: Replacement Necks


email is just like regular mail. Sometimes it doesn't get delivered, and disapears. Prudence would suggest sending it again if you didn't get a reply.

Last edited by Rich; 05-30-2010 at 11:12 AM. Reason: I spell like **** when I wake up.
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Old 05-30-2010, 11:16 AM
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I did. Four months ago. I've since given my money to a local luthier. I'd always rather give my business to those who want it.

As I said though, I may be an exception regarding ET. The OP might have an awesome experience with ET, and I hope he does should he choose to get a quote from them.
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Old 05-30-2010, 12:33 PM
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Re: Replacement Necks


Ernie has always responded to my emails. Neck & body project should be here by the end of the week. I'll start a new thread when everything is done.
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Old 05-30-2010, 10:28 PM
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Re: Replacement Necks


Hi guys, interesting you guys mention ET, they're a bit local for me, at least country wise (which lets face it, is rare when you live in Australia). I sent ET guitars a while ago about getting a similar guitar made, however now I've procured half the parts myself. I never got a reply to that email (sent about 6 months ago), but I see they were having a back order problems.

PS, any pics of some of their work, and what sorta wait times did you guys experience?
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Old 06-07-2010, 12:47 AM
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Re: Replacement Necks


So I emailed ET, but they're not replying to any of my emails. Is there a better way to contact them?

edit: I'll ring em.
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