All the 'progress' is hidden inside the neck in the form of carbon and titanium reinforcement, as a result you can make a neck out of whatever you like these days, even balsa wood could be made to work if needed. The neck is simply a support for your hand and laminated necks are more stable than solid necks, much better for professional quality gigging instruments.For 2018, various guitars (such as RG8570Z) seem to have replace Maple/Walnut/KTS necks, with Maple/Wenge. [The Wenge strips are *much* wider than walnut ones.]
Anyone know the reason for the change ?
Is it progress, or economical ?
The walnut content always seemed tiny - like a strip of veneer between the adjacent maple. It almost seemed cosmetic.All the 'progress' is hidden inside the neck in the form of carbon and titanium reinforcement, as a result you can make a neck out of whatever you like these days, even balsa wood could be made to work if needed. The neck is simply a support for your hand and laminated necks are more stable than solid necks, much better for professional quality gigging instruments.
Wenge is however a cheaper timber than Walnut, so make of that what you will.
Cool. That's what I suspected.Wenge is extremely strong.
Exactly. So titanium is heavier than the wood it replaces. This may be a bad thing in terms of balance.Wood floats because it's less dense than water, titanium is not.
Certainly a possibility.I always saw KTS as an expensive marketing campaign. They only used it in expensive guitars IMO as a way of justifying the expense on the guitars, by using something that was, expensive. Stupid cyclic argument IMO.
Ok. Some people might argue that one, but it's a fair view-point.What we're talking about is, do I have to make a truss rod adjustment more often or not? It's not like you were never going to have to make an adjustment. If you play a guitar you should absolutely know how to keep it playable, and that means knowing how to make a truss adjustment.
We've just agreed that titanium is more dense than wood [wood floats, metals don't], so titanium weighs more than the wood it replaces/displaces. [See pictures of sectioned KTS necks, there are chunks of Ti in there.]I doubt the titanium is heavier, it's very lightweight.
Never done it on my more traditional guitars, though.I don't think anybody should argue that every guitar player should know how to keep their instrument in playing condition. That doesn't mean you can't be lazy and have a Thomas in your back pocket, but I guarantee you Steve knows how to maintain and adjust his guitar. His time is too valuable to spend doing it though.
True, but I was arguing something a little different.No, the wenge is the full depth of the maple. The rod is not.
Interesting.The only benefit to the rods is they are on the inside so you can't feel the difference in the grain of wenge or walnut beside the smooth maple, which many complain about, still.
I'm a firm believer in the simple axiom that a guitar neck is either rigid enough or it isn't. More rigid is not better if a neck is already rigid enough as it is.So, we seem to be saying the maple/wenge neck is better than the maple/walnut/KTS one ?
Though it does seem that the equivalent profile neck is lighter without KTS.[...]
Professionals who wear guitars for hours every day seriously value lightweight instruments, therefore Titanium truss rod systems and Carbon reinforcement can be used to save weight especially when this means you can use a lightweight timber for the neck construction.
However, a lot of the neck will be on the bridge side of where the string is fretted; so would have similar tone effects to the body.I'm saying either neck construction method is more than rigid enough for the guitar neck but one is cheaper than the other.
Tone is not an issue since you don't want any string tone coming from the headstock end of a guitar since it will be at the wrong pitch and its phase will be inverted so it will be dissonant and subtractive, not resonant and additive.