Ebony neck? Wha?

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Ebony neck? Wha?

Postby Doug Shaker » Mon Apr 03, 2017 4:56 pm

I have, in my carefully curated Pile O'Lutherie Wood (POLW), an ebony neck blank.

I'm kind of puzzling over the idea of an ebony neck blank. Although I am sure it
would LOOK slick, it would also be pretty darned heavy and subject to problems from
expansion and contraction.

Does anyone want to rise to the defense of African ebony as a neck wood? Or should
I mill it up for bridges or fretboards?
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Re: Ebony neck? Wha?

Postby Bryan Bear » Mon Apr 03, 2017 5:08 pm

Hmm. It would probably be pretty cool but, as you say, have a number of potential problems. I'd be too afraid to use it for a neck, not only because of those problems but mostly because of the fear that I would end up wishing I had used it for something else.

What would be other common uses for a billet of ebony? Before I cut it up for frretboards, I'd like to know if it had a value to some other craft in billet form. You may be able to sell it and put the money towards even more fretboards (and not have to shoulder the risks associated with milling it up).

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Re: Ebony neck? Wha?

Postby Dave Weir » Mon Apr 03, 2017 11:52 pm

If it was big enough (I like blanks that are 1.25x3.5x28") i'd use it. Otherwise you'll never know...
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Re: Ebony neck? Wha?

Postby Mark Swanson » Tue Apr 04, 2017 12:46 am

I would use it for fretboards. It isn't that stable and it would move if used for a neck, if you ask me. And it's heavy. There are better woods for necks, and you never have enough ebony for fretboards!
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Re: Ebony neck? Wha?

Postby David King » Tue Apr 04, 2017 12:08 pm

I'm with Mark here, last thing we need is for every guitar nut to decide they need an ebony neck.
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Re: Ebony neck? Wha?

Postby Alan Carruth » Tue Apr 04, 2017 12:23 pm

Could it be a blank for a bass or 'cello fingerboard? What are the dimensions?
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Re: Ebony neck? Wha?

Postby Craig Bumgarner » Tue Apr 04, 2017 12:47 pm

In the final days of the Henri Selmer guitars, they made a few with rosewood neck shafts. Selmer fans know about these and there is an oh-wow, ROSEWOOD neck thing about them. I played one 4-5 years ago, however and was not impressed. Who knows if the neck is to blame but the sound was thin and without much life. I had the feeling the notes were dying on the neck. It made an impression on me and I have favored light weight necks ever since.
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Re: Ebony neck? Wha?

Postby Doug Shaker » Tue Apr 04, 2017 3:44 pm

Alan Carruth wrote:Could it be a blank for a bass or 'cello fingerboard? What are the dimensions?

I will measure when I get back home. Yes, it could be a blank for cello fingerboard.
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