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Figured Mahogany as a Neck Wood?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Cerb, May 16, 2005.


  1. Cerb

    Cerb

    Sep 27, 2004
    Indiana
    I've found a pretty nice looking piece of figured mahogany on the Gilmer Wood Company site and was wondering if it would hold up as a neck wood. The main reason I'm digging it is its price... $25. It's also the exact size I've been trying to find for the past few weeks. So, is figured mahogany structurally sound?
     
  2. I would use it given the following conditions:

    short scale (30" or 32")
    Laminated (3 piece or more, preferably with stiff/stable purpleheart or padauk runners)
    graphite bars inlaid

    But that's just me. I usually go overkill.
     
  3. Cerb

    Cerb

    Sep 27, 2004
    Indiana
    I was actually planning on 34" with 3 piece wenge/mahogany/wenge and graphite bars. I guess there's only one way to find out, though.
     
  4. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    I use it a lot but I do laminate it with other woods....t
     
  5. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    US-NY-NYC
    I would think with any substantial amount of wenge in there, you'd be fine. Mahogany's more flexible than the standard maple, but wenge is stiffer. Plus if you use reinforcement, no problem.
     
  6. budman

    budman Commercial User

    Oct 7, 2004
    Houston, TX
    Formerly the owner/builder of LeCompte Electric Bass
    I've got two mutli-lam, all mahogany neck blanks glued up right now. I'm waiting on truss rods and graphite bars.