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All Rees 6 string guitars can be fitted with one of three headstock designs:

 

Neck

Rees Spearhead Neck

 

neck 3+3

Rees 3+3 Neck

Classic neck

Rees Classic 6 Neck

 

Neck Woods
Standard necks are made of maple for maximum strength and stability, with a fretboard of Pau Ferro. This fret-board wood we have found to have the best all-round properties of tonal balance, and straight stability very compatible with the maple. Various other fretboard woods are available to order: Maple; birds-eye maple; Brazilian rosewood; ebony and others.

Industry Standard Replaceable Neck
Any neck that is exactly compatible with a "four bolt" Fender Stratocaster neck can be used. 21 and 22 fret necks end in the neck pocket of the heel. 24 fret necks have an additional two fret fingerboard extension above the body of the guitar, in the manner of construction of a classic violin.

Neck Size
Standard necks have a string length of 25.5 inches which is the same length as a Fender Stratocaster.
24.75 inch necks are also available which is the same length as a Gibson Les Paul.
Standard neck width at the nut is 43mm = 1 11/16 inch.
Wide 44.5 mm, or narrow 41mm, necks are available to special order.

Smooth Fast Action
The ends of every fret on a Rees guitar are rounded in every direction, and polished. Together with a hand finished silk surface to the back of the neck, and an action that goes as low as you dare, this provides ultimate speed and excitement, or relaxed effortless harmony, as the mood takes you.

Frets

Nut
The Fender LSR Roller nut (above) is the best all-rounder nut technology there is. Why? -
It provides very low friction - so that when you move a tuner a small amount, that alters the tuning by the same small amount immediately, with no later readjustment.
Its tonal characteristic is similar to a well placed finger immediately behind a fret. The pair of roller balls behave as the metal fret, and the small rubber pad on the headstock side of the nut behaves as a finger. So open strings and fretted strings have similar tone. This also eliminates undesirable headstock string discordance.
The nut works at the same action height with any size of strings, and has no dependency on a particular string size. You can change string size up and down as many times as you like, without ruining your nut!

A choice of nuts is available including: Earvana compensating nut; Fender LSR roller nut; locking nut; graphite nut; traditional carved nut in one of a wide variety of materials.

Compound Fretboard Radius
Ever since vintage guitars started using rounded fretboards there has been debate as to what is the optimum radius. More rounded, smaller radius fretboards allow comfortable bar chord playing, but need undesirable higher string action to avoid high fret string buzzes, particularly when bending notes. Flatter, larger radius fretboards allow faster, lower string action, but are not so comfortable for playing chords. Amazingly, the best of both worlds can be achieved by making the fretboard with a conical compound radius. Our standard necks thus have a radius of 10 inches at the nut and 16 inches at the high frets, allowing both a fast low action and comfortable chord playing. Various other fixed radius necks can be supplied to special order.

Fret Wire
Standard neck fret-wire size is 106 thou width by 36 thou high. This is a great all-rounder, having both fine note definition and full tone. It is a size that Gibson most often fit to guitars. Smaller and larger sized fret wire is available to special order: 80 X 43 thou; 96 X 47 thou; 103 X 46 thou; ; 112 X 55 thou.

 

TrussRod

Convenient Neck Truss-rod Adjustment
The neck features an easily accessible side adjustment for the truss-rod.
This allows the neck to be set perfectly straight to allow ultra-low action.
It is not necessary to take off the neck to make an adjustment.
Strings are simply slackened, and do not need to be removed.

 

 

Tuners

Tuners
Schaller M6 locking tuners are arranged along the side of the headstock in an arc which creates a little extra space to handle each tuning knob. These well established top range components allow very quick string replacement, and near instant stability following a string change. The knurled knob at the back quickly unlocks the old string, and locks the new string in place. Multiple winds of the capstan are not needed.

 

Headstock Hand

Headstock
The headstock fits comfortably in the hand when playing and when carrying the guitar. The design of the headstock allows the guitar to be safely hung on a suitable hook. The strings fan out so that there is a suitable small angle to prevent rattling of light gauge strings as they pass across the nut. Guitars having the tuners in straight direct line with the strings are more prone to this problem.

 

 

Optional birds-eye maple neck with optional Earvana compensating nut Birds Eye Neck

 

 

 

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