The longest process in the construction of your Private Stock instrument is the neck. Between all cuts made to the neck, we set aside time for the wood to acclimate to its new shape. These extra steps prevent warping and unwanted changes in the structure of the neck over the lifespan of the guitar.
A fretboard is inlayed in the wood shop. Dozens of inlay options are available - each one unique and ready to compliment the look of your Private Stock instrument.
Frets are placed into fret slots by hand and then glued and pressed.
An example of a Private Stock eagle inlayed on a headstock veneer.
A uniquely stained maple headstock veneer and fingerboard.
Neck body assembly, or NBA, is the marriage of a Private Stock body and neck. Multiple measurements are taken during the process to ensure that the guitar will intonate later and to maximize the resonance of the instrument as a whole.
A 7-string headstock with a Private Stock Eagle inlay.
12th-fret bird heel inlays – it’s all about the details.
Each fret is cut and sanded by hand for smooth playability and longevity.
An etched Private Stock Eagle on a headstock veneer.
Multiple clamps are tightened by hand to press the fretboard to the neck.
An example of a Private Stock neck with wooden bird inlays.
Another Private Stock neck example with a spalted maple headstock veneer.
Customers ordering through Private Stock have the option of choosing unique materials for the outlines and centers of our trademark bird inlays.
A 12-fret bird cavity being carefully hand routed.
After gluing the neck to the body, a toothbrush is used to scrub away glue residue from the joined area.
Side dots are placed and glued into the fretboard with a steady hand.
A comfortable neck is of paramount importance. A lot of time is spent hand sanding the carve of a neck.
A completed neck waiting to be joined to its body.
A Private Stock employee sanding a headstock.
Chiseling the heel of a Private Stock bass neck.
The completed neck body assembly of a double neck Private Stock guitar.