Welcome to Hockin Custom Guitars: Guitars Built With the "Working Musician" in Mind
A good-quality custom guitar can cost anywhere from $1,500.00 to $5,000.00, depending on options and finishes. I obtain quality woods for making the bodies and necks, that many bigger manufacturers use, typically from the same vendors.
The difference with Hockin Custom Guitars is that I'm the only employee. Because I don't have a large facility to pay for, my overhead costs are low. I'm not out to make millions of dollars; my business is all about producing good-quality and good playing guitars. My goal is to provide you with a quality instrument at an affordable price; an instrument that you'll be playing for years to come.
I want to make sure I give your guitar that one-one-of-a-kind sound. All of my Highline, Premium Highline, & Premium Deluxe Highline guitars come with high-quality electronics and hardware. These include:
The pickups come in many different output ranges. They are sealed and wax potted to avoid any unwanted noise. The roller bridges virtually eliminate string breakage, and the stop tail pieces are made to produce awesome sustain. I also make sure to use the best plastic trim pieces that I can find
I also can use Seymour Duncan, EMG, Gibson, Wilkinson, Artec, GFS, Iron Gear, Tesla, or just about any other brand you want. I can also install "your" pickups in the guitar. I have access to many different brands, I'm sure together we can get the tone you want at a price that fits your budget.
The wood I use is quality mahogany, maple, ebony, and rosewood. You can choose from many different colors and stains for your finish. Every guitar is finished in nitro-lacquer, or polyurethane (your choice) and buffed to a beautiful shine. Nitro finishes contribute to a nice, smooth vintage look. While poly makes a very durable surface that appears to be a "glass like" finish. However, nitro allows the wood to resonate diferently & give a more vintage tone. But when you're cranking out heavier tones (hard rock/metal), the pickups & amplifiers are doing the work, so poly is a great alternative along with a great shine.
I thoroughly inspect each of my finished works to ensure the quality of the product
(Side Note: I do have some that just don't "make the cut" so to speak. A finish blemish, scratch or chip, inlay off center, etc...Those guitars play and sound just as good as the rest, but are let go at a VERY appealing price, typically 30-35% off list. AND I NEVER advertise them, so just reach out to me through the website email [email protected] or give me a call at 615-554-0878 to see what I currently have available.
(ALL BLEMISHED GUITARS ARE SOLD "AS IS" - THEY DO NOT CARRY ANY TYPE OF WARRANTY. THESE GUITARS ARE CONSIDERED 2ND'S AND ARE TREATED AS SO - ANY AND ALL REPAIRS NEEDED ARE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE PURCHASER - ALL BLEMISHED PURCHASES ARE FINAL AND THEY ARE NON-REFUNDABLE OR RETURNABLE)
All guitars come with Ernie Ball or LaBella strings in either a 9 or 10 gauge. These are the strings I also use.
For a few dollars more, I can install Ernie Ball strap locks and include a quality leather strap. This is also the brand I use.
All guitars are professionally set and the intonation is "spot on": no fret buzz, no tone loss in the higher note registers, and no dead spots. If it's my guitar, I want it to be right. Why should yours be any different?
Tonal Build Styles
When I'm building your guitar, tell me what you are "wanting it to do." If you're looking for a "twangy" Nashville sound, or clear, bright, "chimey" tone, I can make it happen for you. Opting for straight up rock and roll or hardcore metal sounds? I have you covered.