Specifying a custom neck for my S2170FW - Help please
Ok, so I found a local luthier who does custom orders. His name is Ged Green, and his website shows some pretty quality stuff. He's a true custom shop as far as I can tell, since his site shows him using all kinds of esoteric hardware, including steinberger straight pull tuners, Kahler trems, elec. 12 string bridges, etc etc.
I rang the dude up, and he offers a few features I've been looking at, and for a pretty good price, all considered.
Here what I want to specify from him, as specific as I can make it:
AANJ neck for 22 fret S series guitar, with ESP Alexi neck profile, Graphite reinforcement, stainless steel jumbo frets. Shallow scallops from frets 15 and upwards. I am considering asking him to use a slightly thinner stainless wire on the top of the fretboard, but I will have to ask him if he thinks that will improve intonation at all. If its even a small improvement, I'm doing it.
Neck will be 3 piece maple, and I haven't decided on the fretboard wood yet, since I very much like the rosewood board my S already has, but have always wanted an ebny boarded guitar.
The problem I have is in specifying the neck shape to him. The ESP alexi series neck is easily the most comfortable I have played, and I have the measurements on thickness for him from a spreadsheet. But how do I define a SHAPE for the neck? The only thing I know about it is that its slightly rounder than standard ibanez necks, which have the flat on the back.
I can possibly get access to an alexi for a little while at another guitar shop, but if I do that, should I take pictures? From what angles? is there an easy way to get a measurement of the cambers in the neck that the guitar shop employees won't mind?
Secondly, i know theres variance in the neck pockets for S series guitars, should I get him to take measurements of my neck pocket, or should I just leave the guitar with him, since I'll be asking him to set the thing up when he's done?