My Name is Mark Schuster. I am a luthier and own a small custom guitar shop in Princeton Wisconsin.
My specialty is creating one up guitars. I also like to build or rebuild Fender Stratocasters and Telecasters.
I Know tons of people do this so why me. For one thing, you are right. Most anybody can screw a guitar together.
But how do they feel, look and most importantly PLAY. Did you know most production guitar companies
do not level their frets! They are pressed into slots cut into the wood. The slots are very tight so when
the frets are pressed in, there can be a tendency to spring back.
In most cases this is just a few thousandths of an inch but if that fret (or those frets) are up near the 12th fret for example
then the action has to be set that much higher or the notes behind wont play or at minimum will buzz. You have heard the
expression Neck relief. That is an intentional bow in the neck so that the action doesn't feel quite as high as it really is
. My necks are perfectly
straight because my frets are level and polished. This alone makes the action more playable.
I do much more than that. Custom shops including those run by Fender, Gibson etc., also do the same work I do
but you will pay 5000.00 dollars and up!
feel free to email me at mark@markscustomguitars and Ill be glad to discuss more about my very high quality guitars.
Welcome to Marks Custom Guitars. My focus is on making one at a time, one of a kind custom guitars. There are many guitar makers out there and I don't want to be just another guitar maker. I use the finest wood, the finest finishes and the finest hardware. I build them as if I were going to keep them. I spend a lot of time on the finishes and on the setup. When finished, they feel like part of me. The action is low but does not buzz. The pickups are adjusted so the volume is equal between them. Tremolo guitars receive a high quality brass tremolo block for incredible sustain and tone. When I install a neck that I purchased, the frets are leveled and polished. If there is a plastic truss rod bushing I remove it and install a black walnut plug giving the neck the high quality look of an American Fender. Even the American Fender necks I have purchased get a good going over. Most times I remove plastic fret markers and install either mother of pearl or abalone dots. Maple fret boards are polished and the polyurethane is removed from the frets. (Even Fender production necks do not do that). Rosewood necks get the grain filled and the fret boards are sanded for a smooth feel.
The bottom line is I always make an effort to produce the highest quality instrument I can. After you purchase one I hope you feel that you have gotten the best "Bang for your buck"