Separate names with a comma.
Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by kimstevens, May 1, 2009.
Anyone have an opinion as to which is stiffer, satine (bloodwood) or wenge?
Would be easy, I think, to measure. Put a dial indicator under a fixed-size piece, zero it out, then put a suitable weight on it. Measure, rinse, later repeat on other wood.
My gut reaction is Wenge no doubt, I'm sure there are scientific comparisons somewhere rather than listening to my gut.
For a neck you can't go wrong with Wenge or even strips to help stiffen a neck.
Wenge appears to be stiffer, but not by much.
I don't know what the units are, but here's a link:
According to The Encyclopedia of Wood, wenge is actually less stiff than bloodwood (I would have thought the opposite).
Of course, it also depends on which piece of wenge you are comparing to which piece of bloodwood...there could be some difference depending on the conditions in which the tree grew...
Why are you curious to know?
First, thanks very much for your replies... I am curious to know in order to choose wood for a neck. Probably both would be just fine, but I thought more experienced opinions would be helpful, as they were.
My luthier said bloodwood is stiffer. He showed me on two similar pieces of timber with weight, the wengee bended easier than the bloodwood.
Perhaps you can have a bloodwood/wengee laminate neck
Yep, in my experience Bloodwood is indeed more stiff than Wenge and even dents ways less easier.
Yep - bloodwood stiffer. Both would be fine (and heavy) for a neck. Bloodwood is WAY easier to finish - almost no pores to fill unlike the huge canyons you have with wenge.