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Underside Visual Qualities of Maple Necks

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Chicken Curry, Apr 22, 2021.

  1. Chicken Curry

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    I own three guitars with maple necks, two teles and one strat, all of US made, I also have and aftermarket neck, unknown manufacturer. All four necks are visually more appealing on the underside than the top side. Top being the side that you can see while your playing. It's only four necks so not the biggest data pool, perhaps I should check out the ones in guitar stores...

    Is this done on purpose or just a coincidence? Does yours have this as well?
     
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    My Nashville has a nice grain on the top side - maybe only i can see it.

    My Squier has a nice top too... I don't know.

    I've never really thought about it...
     
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    yea - my Squire has beautiful graining on the palm side.
    I'm always admiring it
     
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    Much of it has to do with the neck blank used. But it ALSO has to do with how the blank was cut/sawn, where it was in the tree trunk, and the inherent grain and figuring in the tree. There are many ways of cutting blanks. Some make for a stronger, more stable neck, some make for a prettier (more figured) fingerboard. Typically, the bottom of the neck shows more interest because of the way it displays the layers of grain. It all depends on the manufacturer and the care taken in choosing how the blank should be cut. But some blanks have considerably more character (figuring) than others.
     
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    I doubt it's a purposeful thing. I wonder what is more attractive to you? How about a pic?
    Is it possible the round back displays more grain, so that's the reason it appears more appealing?
     
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    And if we were back in the 50s, 60s, 70s, or 80s probably no one else would either. But now we have forums in which to commiserate about it because most people who own guitars , myself included, are sitting at home looking at them rather than out in the world playing them...:lol:
     
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    Because of the curve you see several age layers of the wood. The fretboard, being flat, not so much.
     
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    You are looking at face grain. Its just more exposed surface area because its carved into a radius.
     
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    Are they all one piece? Or two? Or a mixture of both?
     
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    Many early 80s Squier Made in Japan guitars had nice quarter sawn maple necks. My 83 Squier SQ Strat has a nice maple neck. The Fender USA Eric Johnson Strats have nice Maple quarter sawn necks also.
     
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    Two have more flame on he underside, the other two, my 50's AO has a more pronounced chequered pattern and same with my strat.
     
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    Three are one piece, one is two with maple fretboard.
     
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    I knew some would misinterpret, that's OK. Just to be clear, I'm not talking about the fretboard at all. There's the top view, the side that you see whilst your playing, and the bottom view, the side fans see as they're below you, looking up at you on stage and admiring the underside of your guitar neck. :lol:
     
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    I just spent about 30 mins trying to take pics in order to display what I'd been talking about. It's very hard to take pics of flame maple and pronounced wood patterns, they just won't come up in pics. In person, it's clear which is more visually appealing. This is the best I could do but doesn't really show it:

    52 AV top view:
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    52 AV underside view:
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    There is in fact a more pronounced flame pattern on the underside, just doesn't show much in pics.
     
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    Someone, or more, have previously noted in other threads that if you look at Fender necks from the end of the heel, the most common grain pattern is a curve of the grain from the top right to the bottom left.

    It's because of this orientation that the bottom edge of the neck has more figuring.

    So the next step to either confirm or debunk this hypothesis is to create a spreadsheet and collect data.

    The only difficulty is that on some samples, "figuring" will be subjective.

    On my Squier CV Tele, it does match this hypothesis.

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    My maple necks do the job they're supposed to.

    When I do extreme multi string bending on an open E, the necks barely flex.
    ✓™
     
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    As with the female gender, curves accentuate the positive.
     
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    It really doesn't matter to me, and I'm baffled why it matters to others.

    I don't care what the back of my neck looks like as long as it feels good and the rest of the neck aspects are good.
     
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    I’m waiting for someone to say a pack of wieners
     
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