Phoebe wood for a Tele neck

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  1. PeterUK

    PeterUK Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    Has anyone used Phoebe wood for a Tele neck?

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoebe_nanmu

    It’s looks quite beautiful as a blank but I’d love to tap test it to see how it would sound.

    There are a number of Chinese eBay sellers selling blacks and I’m tempted to take the risk and try it.

    Thanks in advance.

    :) Peter
     

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    Beautiful wood. Use it and post pics. Tap test won't tell you how an electric is going to sound except that it is made of wood.

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    Gorgeous looking stuff. I hope you're feelin' lucky and try it out.
     
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    Wow! Try it and let us know.
     
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    Thanks Eric

    I disagree with your assumption that the neck wood won’t make a difference with an electric guitar - but then we start a whole new discussion that has consumed hours of debate on forums such as the TDPRI.

    It does look good, doesn’t it?

    :) Peter
     
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    No biggie on different views. All my personalities have them.

    I'm actually wasn't necessarily saying it won't make a difference, especially on an acoustic where a significantamount of sound comes from wood vibration. It is more that the determinable outcome when coupled with all other varying components of a complete build would make it difficult to ascertain at best.

    What sort of price are they asking for a blank? Looks good enough to try and see if reasonable.

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    I would wonder about how dense the grain is and whether it’s straight flatsawn/quartered/or somewhere in between.
    Cut a fresh slice off the end and take a good close-up.
     
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    I don't want to sound like the proverbial party pooper, but the Phoebe Namnu species is threatened by overcutting. Even though numerous greedy eBay/Aliexpress sellers offer it, I wouldn't feel comfortable using it...
     
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    It's a bit like maple to work with - a bit of a pig! It's very hard, and the figured stuff is especially difficult to work with. But! The neck I made looked good and didn't sound too shabby either.
     
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    I got that from the Wikipedia link and it made me wonder.
     
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    Any pictures?

    :) Peter
     
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    Just make sure it's not toxic like some exotic woods when sanded?
     
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    Yap. It's on IUCN:s Red List since 1998.
     
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    What’s the IUCN?
     
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    International Union for Conservation of Nature; https://www.iucn.org/
     
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    Wikipedia says " P. nanmu is threatened by habitat loss due primarily to overcutting."

    That's enough for me to want to look elsewhere. In my own builds, I'm always looking for alternatives to tropical hardwoods
     
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    And...? o_O

    Photos please! :D
     
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    It looks impressive, it's stability is what I would be concerned about.
    Do they mention how green it is? Have they roasted it to get it looking like that?
    I have seen some faux flame looking necks from China but if the price is right on that one I would take the gamble.
     
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    Sorry Peter, I've no photos. But, cosmetically it's characteristics looked just like the raw lumber that I started with. I too bought my neck blank from an eBay vendor in China. It worked out ok, but I see no real reason for using it again. I suppose that I'd use some mildly roasted flamed maple. Similar in visuals and sonics. My customer seemed pleased. I'll try to get him to send me some photo's.
     
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