Master grade figure. Quartersawn. Natural or roasted figured maple neck blank, planed and cut to multiple thickness, width, and length options.
Please note 1.5" roasted neck blanks are sold rough dimension.
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 usually get the test blanks at the Master Grade page. These I just ordered were flame roasted maple and are great as always. Timely shipping, reasonable prices and always excellent quality. i will be buying more in the future
Fantastic. Everything I've ordered has been marvelous. Definitely will be coming back for more!
Beautiful quartersawn roasted flame maple neck blank, just perfect!!!
Blanks are perfect, I couldn't be happier. Beautiful figure and color
These aren't just beautiful, but the neck blanks are always consistent quality, which is important to me.
Fantastic quality. Fast shipping. Excellent price. I will definitely be a return customer.
First time buyer, coming from a by-the-board-foot supplier. You truly get what you pay for in these pieces...Dead flat, straight, stable and absolutely gorgeous figuring.
I ordered a master grade quarter sawn figured maple neck blank and that's exactly what I recieved. It was packaged well. There's a chip out of one corner and a few indentations on one side but nothing that makes the wood unusable. I got everything that I asked for. This is fantastic tone wood. I'm currently letting it acclimate to the apartment I live in. Due to the fact that it's roasted means that it's stabalizes. The size of the piece is actually slightly larger than what I ordered. I have no complaints. The chip and indentations are noted because I'm looking to be honest with my review. Those things could have happened during shipping. I couldn't be happier with my purchase.