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Is this a good piece of maple

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Marn99, Sep 28, 2017.

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  1. Marn99

    Marn99 Tele-Meister

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    I was looking for a neck blank to go with my quartersawn cocobolo fingerboard and I dug this up out of the pile. Would you all consider this neck blank worthy of a cocobolo fingerboard?
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  2. Blue Bill

    Blue Bill Friend of Leo's Ad Free + Supporter

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    That looks beautiful.
     
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  3. Ronkirn

    Ronkirn Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

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    actually . . it's perfect.... shape the neck so the curved grain faces the back of the neck.... and align it so the truss rod will be aligned down the center of the grain's curve...

    rk
     
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  4. Ronkirn

    Ronkirn Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

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    just to reenforce the quality of that piece.. I would take that cut of lumber's ability to resist any and all machinations time, environment, and misuse can bring upon a piece of wood, over one made of quarter sawn lumber...

    that piece of wood is perfect...

    rk
     
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  5. John Owen

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    Can't get a much better endorsement than that! Start shaping.
     

  6. Vizcaster

    Vizcaster Friend of Leo's

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    Yes but shift or flip the alignment of your template according to Ron's recommendations - don't just select the area with the closest lines.

    Ron, when you say "curved grain faces the back of the neck" do you mean in the photo above the OP's thumb is on the back and the forefinger is on the fretboard side?
     
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  7. mtorn

    mtorn Tele-Meister

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    Yep, that looks great.
    One thought - make sure that it's "hard maple" (not a real species, I know), and not some kind of soft maple.
    You probably already know what you have there, but for the times when I don't I like to stick my fingernail into the wood, to see if I can make much of a dent. It's a very scientific Janka measurement...

    If you haven't worked with cocobolo before, one note. For me, it's by far the most irritating wood I've worked on for my respiratory system. Just one cut, or a little sanding, and I feel nose and throat discomfort. So wear some kind of dust mask.
    For all its beauty, I've stopped using cocobolo.
     
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  8. Steve Holt

    Steve Holt Tele-Holic

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    Cocobolo does the same to me. So I stopped using it.
     
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  9. Ronkirn

    Ronkirn Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

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    the reverse... the "thumb" side should be the fingerboard side...

    to get a feel of what the curved grain can do.. take an ordinary retractable tape measure, ya know the ones with the curved blade..... run it out a few feet... with the concave side up feel the resistance to "buckling"... now turn it over... all it takes is gravity to cause it to buckle..

    the curved grain offers the same kind of strength and being symmetrical with the geometry of the neck any bending that results from normal use will be well within the ability of normal adjustments to correct...

    NOW/..this does not mean any neck NOT having the same grain structure is inferior.... it only means for those that obsess over the "best" resistance to the bending flexing, etc., that can show up on a neck.. there is no better grain pattern period.

    You guys do NOT run out and buy a new neck... wait until you play out all the "good tunes" in the one you have... :p


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  10. Steve Holt

    Steve Holt Tele-Holic

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    Ron, thanks for this, I was also confused by your first statement about which way the grain should face, but that makes all the sense in the world now!
     
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  11. Marn99

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    yep, it is Acer saccharum! I bought the cocobolo about a year ago. here is a pic of it :)
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  12. Marn99

    Marn99 Tele-Meister

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    Alright, Here is my plan for this neck and fingerboard. Cocobolo fingerboard with paua abalone position markers and side dots (1/4th and 3/32nd inch, respectively) with a 2 piece swamp ash body, either unaged blonde nitro or clear gloss nitro, a black 5 hole bakelite pickguard, heel adjusted single action truss rod, and flat top knobs.
     

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