Halo bodies, necks and fingerboards are all handcrafted from premium tone woods.
Body woods include Alder, Ash, Basswood, Mahogany, various figured Maples, and some other exotic woods.
Neck woods include Maple, Mahogany and some other exotic woods.
Fingerboard woods include Maple, Rosewood, Ebony, and some other exotic woods.
Check out our blog article here: http://www.haloguitars.com/store/blog/anatomy-of-a-halo-guitar-neck/
All you need are very basic mechanical skills. Your guitar will come 100% assembled and set up in the box. All you will have to do is tune the guitar and possibly make a truss rod adjustment using the truss rod wrench provided.
You should be able to perform all adjustments with just a number 1 and 2 philips screwdriver, a flat head screwdriver, and various allen wrenches (we provide allen wrenches).
A fixed bridge has significantly fewer moveable parts compared to a tremolo bridge.
If you want to do whammy bar tricks, then you need a tremolo bridge.
If you want a simple guitar that is easier to maintain, then you should consider a fixed bridge.
Halo offers various scale lengths. You should choose your scale length based on the tuning you plan to use on your instrument.
For guitar, you should choose a relatively shorter scale length (24.75" to 25.50") if you plan to tune your guitar to EADGBE, or something similar.
You should choose a relatively longer scale length (25.50" and above) if you plan to down tune - for example, BEADF#B - or something similar.
Fully assembled, our guitars weigh 6.5 lbs to 9 lbs. This varies slightly depending on the wood type, the components and the size of the body/headstock.
Basically, we don't have all the extra costs associated with physical retail guitar shops and/or middlemen (Dealers, Distributors, etc...)
More specifically, we build all our guitars from scratch at our own factory overseas and then we sell all our guitars directly to you (the end user) through our online store.
This means you get Factory-Direct Pricing because we've eliminated the extra costs of 3rd party guitar manufacturers, distributors, dealers, and other middlemen between you and us.
We've also eliminated the extra costs of having traditional brick and mortar retail locations.
Why Choose Halo Custom Guitars?
As one of the first companies to offer affordable guitar customization, Halo has become a trusted source for custom made guitars.
Halo Custom Guitars was founded in 2005. Since that time, other custom guitar companies have come and gone, trying to offer the quality, customizeability and affordability of a custom made Halo instrument. The fact that Halo Custom Guitars has not only survived, but also grown, reflects positively about our business versus some our competitors.
As avid guitar players ourselves, we understand the importance of playability, durability and affordability. Halo Custom Guitars offers instruments that can be enjoyed by both first-time guitar owners and seasoned professionals, without breaking the bank. We love what we do, and we hope that is evident when you receive your Halo instrument.
Components assembly (ex: bridges, pickups, potentiometers, switches, frets, etc.), set up and quality control is done right here in Cupertino, California. While some companies ‘hide’ address and contact information, our facilities, including the office, showroom and warehouse, are always open by appointment during business hours (Monday through Friday, 9am to 6pm).
With all the radical designs, paint colors and custom options, the quality of a Halo instrument is often mistakenly overlooked. By offering precision setups, high-quality components and tone woods, Halo Custom Guitars offers one of the best guitars available in this price range.
Halo offers email, phone and social networking options for any questions, comments, or concerns that you may have. As a company dedicated to satisfying customers, we will do what it takes to make your guitar-purchasing experience an easy one.
We build and assemble all of our Production Model Instruments on demand - therefore, Production Model orders are fulfilled in the order in which they were received. These times can vary due to demand and inventory levels, but generally, we are able to ship Production Model Instruments within 10 business days of your order/payment.
We build all of our Custom Shop and Semi-Custom instruments from scratch and on demand - therefore, Custom Shop and Semi-Custom orders are fulfilled in the order in which they were received. These times can vary due to demand and the custom options you choose. Please allow at least 150 days after your order/payment to receive an update on the status of your Halo Custom Shop order. Please note: this 150 day time frame does not mean you will receive your instrument within 150 days.
We accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover.
Yes, we also accept PayPal, Bill me Later, checks, money orders, and bank deposits.
All Halo instruments carry a one-year warranty against defects in materials and workmanship to the original owner from the date of purchase.
For full details, visit here: http://www.haloguitars.com/store/Warranty.html
If your guitar shows up with a broken or defective part, don’t sweat it! We will make it right.
If for any reason you are dissatisfied with anything you have purchased from us, we want to hear about it. Tell us what the problem is and how we can fix it. Our policy is to make our customers happy.
We have a hassle free return policy and offer refunds on the instrument as long as we receive it back in good condition.
For full Shipping and Return Policy, visit here: http://www.haloguitars.com/store/Shipping-Return-Policy.html
Failure to pay the remaining balance of your custom guitar within 90 days of notification of build
completion will result in the confiscation of your guitar and the forfeit of all payments made toward
Production Model (In-Stock) orders may be cancelled at any time. Please call us as soon as possible so we don't ship your guitar!
Halo Custom Shop orders cannot be cancelled, returned or refunded. Some exception apply: Halo Custom Shop orders can be cancelled and refunded in full if requested within 50 days of payment date and if you haven't sent us your signed Full Spec Sheet and Agreement or other consent to move forward with your build. After 50 days of payment date, a 5% cancellation fee will apply to refundable orders. If you paid with American Express, a 5% cancellation fee will always apply.
We stock the following woods: Mahogany, Alder, Ash, and Basswood. Other woods are available at an additional price because we don’t stock it, and we’d have to buy it specially for your custom shop order.
We handcraft all our necks so we cannot offer precise thicknesses and contours. However, we can get reasonably close to what you want if you provide us with all the specifications.
Yes. The string spacing at the nut and bridge is your choice. Just let us know what you want.
Yes. We offer tung oil finishes at an additional price. However, we do not warranty tung oil necks because they require maintainance and we cannot control how well the neck is maintained after it leaves our shop.
Yes. We offer custom inlays at an additional price. You just need to send us your inlay design and let us know what kind of material (abalone, mother of pearl, acrylic, etc.) and color (black, white, etc.) you want for the inlays.
You can choose any brand and model pickup you want. We purchase pickups directly from EMG, Seymour Duncan, Bare Knuckle Pickups, Lace, and many others.
No. We do not accept customer-supplied parts in the vast majority of cases. However, if you have an exceedingly rare guitar part that we cannot purchase for you, then we might make an exception and allow you to send us the part and we'll install it in your custom guitar for you.
Shipping varies based on your shipping address. Orders shipped to US addresses are typically less than $45.00 (Alaska and Hawaii, too).
International shipments vary based on your country. Orders shipped to Canada, Great Britain & Northern Ireland, Italy, Norway, and Greece are typically less than $100.00.
Please contact us for a more precise International shipping quote.
We ship most US orders via USPS Standard Post (Ground) or UPS Ground.
We ship most US orders via USPS Priority Mail International, USPS Express Mail International, or Bongo International (FedEX/DHL).
We ship all orders from Cupertino, California, USA.
Transit times range from 1-6 business days. It will take longer if you are further away from California; it will be faster if you are closer to California.
The transit times are in addition to the build/assembly/set up time, which may take up to 10 business days depending on demand and inventory levels.
Yes. As soon as your guitar has passed all Quality Control checks and is boxed up and shipped out, you will get an email notification a tracking number, or delivery confirmation number.
Customs, Duties, and Taxes
Orders that are shipped to countries outside of the United States may be subject to import taxes, customs duties and fees levied by the destination country.
The recipient of an international shipment may be subject to such import taxes, customs duties and fees, which are levied once a shipment reaches your country.
Additional charges for customs clearance must be borne by the recipient; we have no control over these charges, but you may visit www.dutycalculator.com for additional information. Customs policies vary widely from country to country; you should contact your local customs office for further information.
When customs clearance procedures are required, it can cause delays beyond our original delivery estimates.
Please contact your local customs office for further information.