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Is roasted maple more stable

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Qstick, Apr 15, 2018.

  1. Qstick

    Qstick TDPRI Member

    Aug 29, 2006
    No. VA
    I've read a few conflicting reports and thought I’d ask some folks that know way more than me.

    Is roasted maple as a neck material more stable than a regular finished maple neck? Im in the early stages of planning my next guitar and can’t find what I want so I might have to get it built. Since that leaves most options wide open I thought it might be worth considering roasted maple.

  2. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

    Well, regular sugar maple is the standard Fender neck material. It's stable enough, eh? I can't imagine roasted would make it less stable, so ...
  3. wadeeinkauf

    wadeeinkauf Tele-Holic

    Sep 24, 2010
    Monterey CA
    When speaking JUST of stability some builders say that there is an advantage to roasting maple if the maple is highly figured...the thought being that this highly figured wood is more susceptible to warpage and twisting due to humidity changes.

    I now only used quarter sawn roasted maple for my builds....quarter sawn because of the widely held belief that quarter sawn if more stable and the roasted maple because of the look.

    In many ways I have found roasted maple harder to use than kiln dried maple. It is very pron to chipping. It sands much easier and faster which is good but you must take care not to over piece necks sanding a radius. Also it becomes critical that the fret slots are cut precisely and not cut too wide. My experience is that the roasted maple does not "grab" the fret wire tangs very well if not cut exactly to the wire's dimension.

    Having said all that I will tell you my second to last neck was so stable that I had great trouble getting the truss rod to bend the neck in one direction from dead flat. Usually we need the truss rod to bend back the neck from the forces caused by string tension. In my case I need to use the truss rod to put in the slight bow needed. I had to do this over several days..keep in mind we only need .010 for a 9.5-12 fret board radius.
    I buy my roasted maple neck blanks from American Specialty Hardwood. I have purchased 6 and all have been outstanding...


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  4. perttime

    perttime Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 13, 2014
    In "roasting" (torrefaction, heat treating) making the wood less susceptible to changes in temperature and humidity is one of the original goals. As said, maple necks don't usually suffer from that problem without either.

    I like the look of heat treated wood.
  5. cabra velha

    cabra velha Tele-Afflicted Ad Free Member

    Jan 21, 2016
    estados unidos
    I've only used it twice and this is my experience as well, roasted maple really doesn't want to bend at all. One of the necks I actually had to "help" it a little, although I'm a little embarrassed to describe it in detail (don't try this at home kids).

    More stable? I've grown an aversion to highly figured maple from one too many cracking and twisting adventures. You definitely need to drill proper pilot holes and lube your screws. I'm living in a nearly arid climate right now, but when I move back to the humid mid atlantic I'll provide a stability report.
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  6. S00NERMAN

    S00NERMAN Tele-Meister

    Jan 7, 2016
    Roasted maple is more stable than kiln dried. Looking at Warmoth's website there is no requirement for finishing a roasted maple neck as there is with the regular old kiln dried stuff. I just recently got an unfinished one in the Gibson scale length and '59 contour, and the string tension barely moved it off of dead flat. I do like the pleasant odor it gives off as well, but think the folks that say it smells just like pancake syrup are just hungry.:rolleyes:
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  7. Ronkirn

    Ronkirn Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

    May 1, 2003
    Jacksonville, FL
    why is it even an issue.. it's not like a "regular" neck is "off the charts" Unstable..

    If ya want roasted maple, get it, that fact that ya want it is all ya need as a rationalization.. but it's not gonna make your playing anything it's not now... the stuff is good lookin; though isn't it.

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  8. wadeeinkauf

    wadeeinkauf Tele-Holic

    Sep 24, 2010
    Monterey CA
    Yes Sir!
  9. printer2

    printer2 Poster Extraordinaire

    May 24, 2010
    I make acoustics so I can repost on thin sections. I built two bodies with roasted maple. In dry weather one cracked and one did not. So it is dependent on the tree it came from, as always has been. I know people like wild looking wood but I look for the straightest grain, boring looking wood. It does not matter for a neck if it is quartered or flat sawn, boesn't bother Fender any. But once you get wavy grain lines the wood is going to move at a different rate compared to the rest of the wood.
  10. Picton

    Picton Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Feb 7, 2009
    Reading, Massachusetts
    Does your brain tell you it is?

    If yes, then it’s more stable. If no, then it isn’t. Kind of like tone.
  11. devrock

    devrock TDPRI Member

    Jan 12, 2017
    New England
    If anything, the raosted maple smells so good, it's worth using. :D I get the roasted BE boards from LMII and sanding makes it smell like a campfire.
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