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Very cool I love those 3d shoots
Poplar is great as long as you laminate a 1/4" fingerboard on it. I like it because of the cool grains ranging from pitch black streaks to green hues.
Personally, I will never build a neck from poplar again, even with a laminated fretboard. Remember you will need to cut a recess (assuming a neck-through design) where the neck passes under the cigar box lid to allow the lid to vibrate, and that weakens the neck. Also, if you want to cut vertical channels in the neck where it enters the box for a sharper joint that will weaken it too. Stick (no pun intended) to woods like oak, cherry or maple, or be sure to reinforce the cut-out area with another piece of 1 x 2 cut to fit inside the box. But by all means, remember - There Are No Rules in the CBN world! Experiment and do what works for you!
Thanks for the awesome advice! I have access to a ton of hardwoods and exotics so I will stick to those. I appreciate the great advice.
See my blog post for my first two CBG's. Both are birch veneer about 1/2 inch thick; one has a fret board which helps stiffness. Both are new and have not stood the test of time + string tension.
Thanks I will check it out