Master grade figure. Quartersawn. Natural or roasted figured maple neck blank, planed and cut to multiple thickness, width, and length options.
This is a stock item. You will not receive the one shown in the picture.
We understand the uncertainty that comes with investing in a valuable piece of timber and not knowing exactly how it is going to turn out. To address this, we are now offering a "test blank" to alleviate some of the anxiety.
Perhaps you are new to lutherie, figured and/or torrefied maple, or you are just looking to evaluate a new or experimental neck profile prior to carving into your production piece. These test blanks have a variety of aesthetic defects, but are suitable for practice and experimentation.
Defects include: Non-straight grain lines, flares, small knots (1/8" and under), worm, stains, "streaky" areas of weak or inconsistent figure. You will NOT receive a practice blank that includes large knots (1/8" and over) and/or cracks of any kind.
Step One: After selecting your specifications, ensure that the "Convert To Test Blank" checkbox is unchecked and select "Add To Cart". This will add a production neck blank to your cart.
Step Two: With your specifications still selected, check the "Convert To Test Blank" checkbox to convert your neck blank to one that will be of lesser quality, but will have comparable master grade figure. Select "Add To Cart" to add your test blank as a separate item.
Although this is not an exhaustive list of all of the possible uses for a test blank, some uses may include:
The use of maple provides a high stiffness to weight ratio, which makes an exceptional material for use in creating a neck that can withstand a considerable range of string tensions.
Since most lumber has a natural tendency to undergo dimensional changes in different environments, the process of torrefaction (also known as thermal modification or roasting) significantly reduces its sensitivity to different temperatures and humidity levels. By roasting a neck blank, one can expect to have long-term dimensional stability when compared to other conventional methods.
I recently ordered one of these neck blanks for a Koa/Mahogany electric guitar build. The curl in the wood is exceptional and the toasted brown coloring will go great with the body woods. I milled the neck today, and it behaved wonderfully with no unexpected tearout. This wood is pricey, so I was glad it was so stable and easy to machine. --- Ken
These neck blanks are perfect, and I mean perfect. Consistent, deep, beautiful figure, crisp and consistent measurements, well sanded and squared. I really have never found a more consistent supplier of very high quality maple blanks.
Good figure, quality product