Neck Woods

Guitar neck woods, or Tone Woods as they are commonly known, have an influence over the tone of the instrument. Just how great an influence, has been hotly debated over the years. Some preach that it is one of the most important factors in a guitar's tone, others disagree. We are of the thought that it definitely has a noticeable effect on the tone and has played a part in defining those distinctive tonal characteristics created by the classic guitar designs.

As well as tone, weight, appearance and cost are considerations. Here is our guide on how we think each wood performs, but remember, this is very subjective and there can be variance between different cuts of the same wood species as it is a natural product after all.

MAPLE 

Maple is probably the most common neck wood found in modern electric guitars. It is a light coloured wood and is very hard. Its strength makes it great for necks as it is very stable. Maple gives a bright and snappy tone as you would expect from the traditional S and T-Type guitars.

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FLAMED MAPLE 

A beautiful variant of hard maple. The flamed grain really only brings aesthetic benefit. The only other difference we can notice is they seem to be slightly less stable during humidity changes. This means they probably aren't best for you if you are lucky enough to frequently travel globally with your instrument.

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BIRDSEYE MAPLE 

A beautiful relative of the above. The birds-eye grain really only brings aesthetic benefit. The only other difference we can notice is they seem to be slightly less stable during humidity changes. This means they probably aren't best for you if you are lucky enough to frequently travel globally with your instrument.

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MAHOGANY 

 At the opposite end of the popular guitar spectrum you'll find Mahogany. This tone wood is used in LP guitars. It has a much warmer characteristic tone and a reddish brown appearance. 

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WALNUT 

Walnut is all about looks. Under a clear finish, its grain can be mesmerising. It delivers a nice bright tone, and is great in combination with and Alder body. It is a deep brown wood with a pronounced grain.

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