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Why is Walnut not used for necks?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by tjclem, Mar 5, 2005.


  1. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    Not stiff enough? Hard enough? It is nice wood to work with and I was building a Walnut topped bass and wanted to use some Walnut in the neck to blend the neck and body together visually...Thanks .....t
     
  2. Tim Barber

    Tim Barber Commercial User

    Apr 28, 2003
    Serenity Valley
    Owner: Barber Music
    My main playing bass has a walnut/maple/walnut neck and it has held up fine for 25 years.
     
  3. JSPguitars

    JSPguitars

    Jan 12, 2004
    Grass Valley
    walnut is used all the time in necks.......
    I have a p-bass copy with an all walnut neck and it's been fine for years.
     
  4. LajoieT

    LajoieT I won't let your shadow be my shade...

    Oct 7, 2003
    Western Massachusetts
    My Cirrus is Walnut/maple neck Neck-Thru (Walnut body, Bubinga top, Pau Ferro fretboard to finish the description.)
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  5. Hands down the absolute finest playing P bass I've ever laid hands on was an 83 Walnut P special with the twin oval split humbuckers. It had a wide flat walnut neck with as low an action as I've ever played. Stable as granite too.
     
  6. teej

    teej

    Aug 19, 2004
    Sheffield, AL 35660
    I'm working on a bass (cut the body template out today) that will have a maple/walnut/maple neck.
     
  7. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    Great I just haven't seen it..t
     
  8. teej

    teej

    Aug 19, 2004
    Sheffield, AL 35660
    I don't know if a walnut neck would be OK for guitars, though.