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red cedar

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by ashton, Apr 27, 2004.


  1. ashton

    ashton

    Jan 4, 2001
    Australia
    is this wise to use as a fretboard?
     
  2. schuyler

    schuyler

    Aug 5, 2003
    Atlanta, GA
    i think cedar of any variety would be too soft for use as a fretboard. the softest woods i've seen used are still in the rosewood family, which are much harder than even "soft hardwoods" such as walnut or mahogany. cedars usually fall into the "medium density softwood" category. if you want to get away from the typical rosewood/ebony/maple boards, here are some other options:

    wenge, cocobolo, purpleheart, jatoba, goncalo alves, and bubinga. all of these are very dense, though each has its own advantages and disadvantages.
     
  3. ashton

    ashton

    Jan 4, 2001
    Australia
    what about in neck construction itself?
     
  4. HannibalSpector

    HannibalSpector

    Mar 27, 2002
    Australia
    Red cedar would be too soft for even a neck , then alone a fingerboard.
    It would look very nice though.
    As an alternative you could look at the following Aussie timbers which have a similar 'redy' look to red cedar.
    For neck:
    NSW rosewood
    Tasmanian cherrywood
    Rosealder
    For fingerboard:
    Jarrah
    Swamp oak

    cheers