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post #1 of 9 Old 08-02-2018, 05:00 AM Thread Starter
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Maple alternative.

Hi, I'm new to this forum.

I'm building a guitar. The body's done, the neck should be next in line.

Most, if not all, electric guitars to use maple. But I live in Brunei where maple don't grow. I did found a close alternative known as Keruing. The Janka scale is 1300, maple is at 1450, not far off. Don't know if it's a suitable alternative. Thoughts?
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Mahogany is a good wood for necks and Iíve also seen khaya sold as a neck wood. The wood database says keruing is less dimensionally stable than mahogany. It doesnít say how much less stable, but if thereís one thing you want in a neck, itís stability.
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Would having a piece of Maple shipped in from Japan be out of the question?

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Cocobolo (Retusa) is harvested in that area and is used for guitars. Can you get that?

https://www.wood-database.com/cocobolo/
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Welcome to the forum! I just finished my first acoustic guitar and used African Mahogany for the neck. It seems to be doing ok. I know a handful of guys who have built electric guitars and they all bought their (Maple) necks ready to use and just concentrated on the body and finishing. Is that an option for you, assuming you're ok with not building the neck?

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@hawkeye10 Nope, if the shipping doesn't kill the price, I'd buy it.

@difalkner Yes, I'm actually using my other guitar's neck. But I'd like to build a new one so that both guitars are functional.

Also, the fretboard's going to be berlian (Iron Wood). Don't know if the laminated combo of berlian and keruing, plus truss rod will make it dimensionally stable. Having a neck with over 2000 janka hardness would make it too heavy.

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I have to agree, if you're not finding a local alternative and have the means to import something in, opt for the import. I would say though when bringing in Maple sight unseen, make sure it's NOT "clear" Maple or otherwise it will pretty much be all white without any brown ascents.
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I'm actually itchy to try keruing/apitong as an electric guitar neck. Maple would be my choice if I could get my hands on them. What other woods have luthiers used as an electric guitar neck?
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Wenge, Koa, Rosewood, Mahogany, Walnut - all have been used. It just depends on the look and sound you want. Maple is probably the brightest sounding, Wenge is close; Koa, Mahogany and Rosewood are warmer.

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