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Ron Kirn necks...from a supplier?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by szechuanking, Jun 6, 2011.

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  1. szechuanking

    szechuanking Tele-Holic

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    i was browsing through the website of ron kirn and i was shocked to find out that he doesnt scratch his own necks, instead ordering them from a supplier?
    i'm not sure how well that sits...
     
  2. XKnight

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    At least he discloses it on his website.
     
  3. mellecaster

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    Why in the World would that be a concern ?....I doubt that he chops down the Tree either ?
     
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    davenumber2 Friend of Leo's

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    Doesn't bother me.
     
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    And btw...He does make necks for some Special applications, He has posted about them in the past w/ Pics.
     
  6. Tonemonkey

    Tonemonkey Poster Extraordinaire

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    I think he get blanks and then lovingly shapes, grooves, frets, dresses, rolls and finishes them by hand........what difference does it make where the CNC machine sits.

    No doubt RK will contribute........
     
  7. Colt W. Knight

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    Very few custom tele builders make their necks from scratch.
     
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    Ron Kirn is open about this; there is evidence of that all over this site.

    He does finish the necks and shape them as desired- it isn't simply a case of bolting on any old neck.

    However, while it would not concern me personally, I can completely understand someone knowing of Kirn as a Tele builder and being surprised that he doesn't completely build the necks... one might expect him to custom build a neck, to fit with his perceived image as a "custom builder."

    The neck coming from parts might ask some to question the prices, as they might feel they aren't getting the unique piece they expected and the idea of that which they bought into... even with the shaping and so forth, the base product is something anyone could acquire with a little know-how. Simply; it takes away from "the magic" of a hand built instrument.

    Each to their own.

    D.
     
  9. szechuanking

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    well put, those were my feelings exactly
     
  10. szechuanking

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    wait a minute...you mean to tell me that he didn't nurture the delicate sapling into a healthy flourishing tree only to harvest it years down the road to make my telecaster neck!? what kinda custom...
     
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    I bet he buys the strings too!
     
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    It's your money, if that bothers you then spend it elsewhere.
     
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    I know Ron does both: his own and also from the best neck suppliers in the industry. If you are thinking about ordering from Ron, I am sure he will be open to this discussion and will do whatever it takes to surpass your needs (within your budget of course). BTW, I own two Teles from Ron.
     
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    Oliver Wendell Douglass: "Gentlemen, I'm surprised at you. The American farmer didn't get where he is today by celebrating Christmas with phony trees and wax popcorn, plastic candy canes. Gentlemen, to the American farmer Christmas is real. He goes out with ax in hand, chops down his own tree, brings it back, garlands it with strings of popcorn from his own corn crib, makes cider from his own apple trees. And when Christmas carols ring out in the still of the night, he looks up to the sky and says, 'I'm proud to be an American farmer on Christmas.' "
     
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    Builders who do necks from scratch, have quite abit higher base price than that don't.
     
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    True. And I bet it doesn't make a bit of difference in the end.
     
  17. Colt W. Knight

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    I can't build a better tele style neck than USACG or Allparts. I mean, they are using CNC machines, and their trained technicians finish em up as their job. I can still make a super nice neck, and I do it as a matter of personal gratification. My first few guitars I used aftermarket necks. "Did you build that guitar", me.."Yes, I did", them..."Did you build the neck and everything?"...me:("no....."
     
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    Rick Kelly carves his necks by hand, and keeps his prices ridiculously low for what he does. it's one of the main reasons i picked him for my custom build, and the neck on my guitar is unbelievable... best feeling neck i've ever played.

    of course, there are downsides to going with Rick (long waits, vague time frames, etc.)... but for me, the pros outweighed the cons.

    having said that, a supplier-cut neck wouldn't be a deal-breaker for me, and from what I've seen, Kirn's guitars are stunning.
     
  19. szechuanking

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    yea i would dread that Q&A. cause you know theyre immediately less impressed. i would be. the neck is really a measure of the craftsmanship in my opinion, anyone can cut out a body.
     
  20. MickM

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    Why not contact Ron in the first place and avoid all the BS?
     
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