Looking easy way of laminated neck.Any one used this kind of wood ?

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Laminated beams are also used in the housing industry now, twice as strong as a regular piece of wood. I started using Spectraply on my slide tops and custom bridges, which is dyed veneer laminated together. Very strong and awesome looking ! I beleive someone here has already made a neck using spectraply and it turned out great. No reason why your choice of the laminated wood won`t work.

http://www.cousineauwoodproducts.com/store.php?category=spectraply&...   here is the web site for Spectraply. Great bunch of folks to work with, they also have a page on Facebook. When you go on their site check out the customers creations using spectraply.

Oh my...those looks awesome.Have to do next neck of that.Its realy cheap here in Finland and find almost every shop.

makes great lookin slide tops


I make my necks from 3/4" laminated 5-ply lauan plywood, which is pretty cheap here. I take a 4' x 8' sheet, rip it in half along the short side, and laminate the halves together with carpenter's wood glue, edge clamps, and some heavy weight in the middle, to give me a 4' x 4' sheet that is 1-1/2" thick. Then I rip that sheet into 2" wide, 48" long neck blanks; this gives me ample for scarfed headstocks, build-up shims and heel blocks. So far, they remain strong and unbending, with no need for a truss rod. I round off the neck, which ends up looking a lot like Randy's Spectraply bridges.

I know, they're supposed to sound terrible, due to the factor you mentioned. With the grain running crosswise in every ply, plus not much straight grain running for very long distances, it should soak vibration like a sponge. But somehow, these don't. They should sound like crap. Do they sound like maple or mahogany? No, they don't. But they also sound just fine, especially for a CBG. And I have plenty of commercial mahogany and maple necks to compare to in my collection. I know: weird, huh? Maybe because I cap them with a mahogany fretboard?

Necks made from plywood have terrible tone compared to a tone wood, with the grain direction crossing each other on every ply its just not going to provide the tone of a solid hard wood. I don't even use poplar anymore, Mahogany, Maple, Mesquite are what I use for necks, makes all the difference in the world, much easier to sell too...

I have one small problem...In Finland its very difficult to get Mahogany, Maple, Mesquite or poplar...white oak is only what I can get from my town and its realy expencive,One neck cost more than all other parts to one cgb :/ and have to order that oak and wait 2-3 weeks.


Can you get birch? Or is white oak literally all that's available?

Jes,we have birch and alder and pine.Those are most common.Hardwood is difficult to get.On Southern Finland is some wood shops but only shipping of one neck is about 15 USD and neck wood about 20-30 USD.One music shop in my city have rosewood finger boards about 10-15 USD.Next I buy one and glued it to alder neck,have to learn freting...

we're cool, we get all the birches.

sorry, couldn't help it...


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