Best alternative neck wood?

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Re: Best alternative neck wood?

Post by Robert Webster » Fri Oct 21, 2011 3:19 pm

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Re: Best alternative neck wood?

Post by Robert England » Fri Oct 21, 2011 7:20 pm

Hi, guys. This threat has turned out to be very interesting, and fun , too! But it has segwayed into a discussion of the Lacey Act. Stuff we all need to know. But does anyone have an opinion about the wood alternatives, in terms of their value in making guitar necks?
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Re: Best alternative neck wood?

Post by Alexandru Marian » Fri Oct 21, 2011 7:53 pm

Fwiw I am getting a few khaya blanks with my next wood order. I looked around for cherry but nothing yet. You can get walnut necks from Dave Maize (at least he has it listed) or octopus. Port orford cedar from LMI and a few other small dealers I can't recall right now.

From what I read on khaya, it can range from really light, coarse, with internal tension to nice, dense and darker in color. I think it is wise (with all wood) to slice a thin piece off the blank's side and see if it twists badly. I've found a few Spanish cedar blanks with lots of tension which I had to turn into dentellones.

Same with spruce. Once I split 5 blanks for the transverse braces but didn't get a chance to finish and glue the 2 for the soundboard. Next morning they were really badly twisted!

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Re: Best alternative neck wood?

Post by Jose Marques » Thu Jun 15, 2017 8:32 am

someone knows TOLA?
i had worked with this wood some years ago and i like it
i believe that is known as well as Nigerian Cedar
Scientific name
Gossweilerodendron balsamiferum Harms

as wood for neck i realise that is very similar to cedar (called spanish)

In cites well i didn't find nothing about this wood
someone have some more knowledge?
I'm a Luthier living in Bury st Edmunds UK

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