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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-11-2010, 03:42 AM Thread Starter
 
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Question question on the wood grain of a maple neck

Hi,

I have noticed something with maple necks: most of them seem to have straight lines as wood grain. Is there any disadvantage when the grain is more curvy as in the pictues I attached? Could this kind of neck (with a more curvy grain) have less stability? I remember a guy in a music store telling me something like this some years ago.

I'm asking this because I just received a this guitar that I ordered and I was wondering if this neck is something I should be worried about?









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Lars
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Re: question on the wood grain of a maple neck

Dunno about your question, but man what a tease! Show the rest of her!
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Dunno about your question, but man what a tease! Show the rest of her!
Sorry, I was not intending to tease, I was just a bit worried about the neck.

Here are a few quick pics I took:







I actually have two of these guitars now (two of exactly the same color, I know, call me nuts, it's ok).
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Re: question on the wood grain of a maple neck

None man. You have no worries. Awesome axe, btw.
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None man. You have no worries. Awesome axe, btw.
Thank you !
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Re: question on the wood grain of a maple neck

Yeah, no worries on the neck wood. When I started building geetars I did necks from MUCH worse wood and they were stabile enough. And on the sidenote, that is one classy looking guitar you have there. That's not good for my GAS, since I've got a "thing" about white guitars with mapleboards.
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Re: question on the wood grain of a maple neck

100% pure bull$hit, that does not mean anything at all... well, except the looks. Awesome axe, love that maple fretboard.
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Yeah, no worries on the neck wood. When I started building geetars I did necks from MUCH worse wood and they were stabile enough. And on the sidenote, that is one classy looking guitar you have there. That's not good for my GAS, since I've got a "thing" about white guitars with mapleboards.
Thanks , man !

I have exactly the same 'thing' with white guitars with ample fretboard. Which is why I have two of these now.

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100% pure bull$hit, that does not mean anything at all... well, except the looks. Awesome axe, love that maple fretboard.
Thank you, sir!
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Re: question on the wood grain of a maple neck

Wood is of varying densities between one tree to another and year. You cant say every "top of the range" guitar will turn out to be a great one. As Vai said, some tend to have a certain vibe when you knock them. I had 2 RGs with dead-spots on the 10th & 12th frets. Plus some can make the low E resonate wildly more than others eps with a trem on it. So its not just a setup but the wood you happen to use.
You know sales ppl are paid lip service. We can judge for our selves.
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100% pure bull$hit, that does not mean anything at all... well, except the looks. Awesome axe, love that maple fretboard.
Actually it does mean a lot. The squiggly grain is a regular cut piece of wood.

There is a difference between straight cut and quartersawn, in terms of strength and stability.
Ibanez started using quartersawn exclusively around 91 to cut down on warpage during production (at Fujigen).

The current five piece necks are even less susceptible to warpage, so the type of cut is less important.
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Re: question on the wood grain of a maple neck

Thanks everyone!
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picture of flatsawn vs quartersawn

http://www.ibanez.co.jp/anniversary/..._id=202&now=18
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Thank you !

So ,that piece with the curvy grain on my neck is not quartersawn, is it? If it was quartersawn it would only have straight lines, correct?
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Re: question on the wood grain of a maple neck

Love that model. And nope wood grain wont effect anything.

Gratz on the 2nd
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Actually it does mean a lot. The squiggly grain is a regular cut piece of wood.

There is a difference between straight cut and quartersawn, in terms of strength and stability.
Ibanez started using quartersawn exclusively around 91 to cut down on warpage during production (at Fujigen).

The current five piece necks are even less susceptible to warpage, so the type of cut is less important.
I would say that there is no two tonally similar necks, of course process technique matters but that does not mean instability or stuff like that. Two different things in my mind.
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