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Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Newbcaster, Feb 25, 2019.
34 by 8 by 1.25 flat, no cupping or twist
36 bux a piece
That depends - are you planning to resaw to make tops, or were you thinking necks?
Sounds like about 6 necks worth or 4 bookmatched tops on each board, so depending on resaw costs I'd say yeah, that's a good deal, so 9 bucks per top set before resawing costs. I'd take that any day.
just my humble but I would say no, at least I wouldn't buy it. It's not a good deal but it's probably a 'fair' deal. You can get a .75" flamed maple bookmatched set from downhomewoods for $60. all the work done for you and bookmatched to boot so that is what I'd base my assessment on.
Sorry I should have said. It's for necks.
Still a good deal?
You can easily get 2-3 necks out of each board - so $11 each - you decide.
That's about 15 dollars a board foot.
My local Hardwood supplier sells plain hard maple for under $7. a board foot... and Birdseye, Curly, Tiger, Spalted, etc for under $12. a board foot
Where did you get those?
I'd pay that for that type of flame, like John my local guys are about 7-8 for the hard maple and 10-12 for figured. I've only come across 1 maple board that even came close to what you have there. I've paid about 15 a board foot for birdseye and similar flame from eBay.
This is from Condon Lumber in White Plains. The prices I listed above were from an older price list I found online. Let me check and confirm current prices when I get home.
The big difference is you can go to Condon and dig through stacks of wood and not find anything you want. At other times you find a bunch of great stuff! Helmut and I went there a few weeks ago and didn't find anything I was interested in...
John, what are you doing Friday for lunch break
Unfortunately I can't make it on Friday, we are one guy down!!
Screenshot from a Condon price list...
I think its a rare thing that two people can be so fundamentally right but diametrically opposed about price on a given item!!!
Its certainly true I could have got 6 necks like Engraver-60 said. Even at $120 for the lot that ends up being a paltry 20bux per neck.
But it also ends up being $15.00 a board foot which is a lot like guitarbuilder said.
I think what that means is we are so used to high prices for finished guitar necks that the $20.00 per neck seems cheap. Its also relative to things we consider ephemeral and inexpensive like McDonalds.
I ended up buying at Timber Hardwoods instead. They had some 8/4 flame for about 7.50 a BF.
Also something to keep in mind is the moisture content.
And those 3 pieces contain what looks like heartwood, which would be a pass for me.
You are so right about how folks can view the same situation and see something different.
There is something to be said about buying "curated" wood form a reliable supplier. As has been mentioned, you can always find cheaper options, but to get something with all the criteria required to build something as precise as a guitar, having stable wood dried properly is job number one.
In my own experience buying wood from diverse places you certainly get what you pay for if you are knowledgeable and have enough experience.
The lumber I purchase at my local hardwood supplier is not used until it has been in my shop for at least a year. The blanks purchased from luthier suppliers can be used shortly after arrival. Honestly the best piece of lumber I have purchased was from one of our fellow board members, otterhound. A fabulous piece of maple that I was able to make three necks from.
Even paying $20. or $25. for a quality neck blank, is still a better deal to me than buying a Warmoth neck for around $200. especially, when I am not interested in clones...
exactly.the flame would actually be master grade flame on the usable parts. And the stuff was dead flat and already been sitting there for months. I was really torn. would have been like 4 necks actually not 6
If I win at a casino or get an easy gig somewhere.... sure I'd lay it down and get it. Just because I really cannot get enough flame maple.
The big regret was passing on a $450.00 45X20x2.25 that looked like God cut it with a razor....about 4 years ago. I was so angry when someone bought it off ebay. Made a PRS BEST 10 top look like Bob Ross painted it left handed with silly string and a popsicle stick. Truly the best piece of flame maple EVER on ebay.
I paid about $20 for that piece of Curly Maple. It is enough for at least 4 guitar tops if I wanted.
I dunno...heartwood adds character to a natural finish?
Different strokes I guess