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Maple Necks

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by mister_shadow, Aug 4, 2007.

  1. mister_shadow


    Aug 4, 2007
    Hey guys, im new here and i had a question for you guys that i cant seem to find the answer to anywhere. I think maybe as luthiers there must be SOMEONE who knows the answer.

    Does anyone know why most bass necks are made out of maple? i know that not ALL necks are made of it but why is it such a preference. Does anyone have a bass that they really love the tone and has a neck made of something other than maple? Im thinking of making my neck out of east indian rosewood which i know has a great sounding low end. Its been done before but i have never done it myself and i want to know if anyone has any experience with it and how it sounds.
  2. Musiclogic

    Musiclogic Commercial User

    Aug 6, 2005
    Southwest Michigan
    Owner/Builder: HJC Customs USA, The Cool Lute, C G O
    supply and demand.....the supply is great enough to meet the demand of the market.

    Also, the rigidity, and torsional stability make Maple almost perfect for musical instrument necks.
  3. SDB Guitars

    SDB Guitars Commercial User

    Jul 2, 2007
    Coeur d'Alene, ID
    Shawn Ball - Owner, SDB Guitars
    Also, given the right piece, it's darned good looking. Not *quite* as stable, maybe, when figured, but plenty stable enough once you get a truss rod in, and maybe some carbon fiber rods. Aesthetic goes a long way when it comes to price tags, so you will see a fair amount of use of figured maple.

    Blame Alembic. IIRC they just about started the "multi-lam figured wood neck" craze, back in the day... ;)

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