I'm in the process of acquiring bits for my first build and am struggling to find local suppliers of PSE hardwood timber for a neck.
pine is plentiful and cheap, but I dont know if I trust it.
a local yard can supply a length of Brazilian Redwood, but I would then need to get it planed down to size and its £20 before I do that, although I reckon I'd get three necks out of it. was just hoping for something that I could buy off the shelf though to be honest.
what do you all do?
Im lucky in that my old trade as a boatbuilder produced plenty of decent timber, i find it everywhere, on the marshes, in skips you name it. All the timber i use for guitars is secondhand or recycled.
If you are down south & finding it hard to source timber Jennor timber in enfield are a useful place to look. Recently at the school where i work we bought a pack of mixed hardwood offcuts from them & there was oak, maple, beech, sapele, utile, poplar & some luan. Most over 3ft long There must have been enough to build 30 guitar necks & then some. The whole lot was £50 so good value!
Bit late to the party, but here goes...
I have some left-over maple flooring from when I did our lounge floor in recycled maple from a school gym floor that was being replaced. It isn't bad at all for cbg necks, although most pieces have staples that have to be removed, leaving holes that need to be filled but never quite disappear from the finished article. Lot of planing though and I found it almost impossible to work by hand.
It might be worth checking out flooring contractors to see if they do similar work.
P.S. I wouldn't do a floor like that again - too much varnish and polish to clean off every board before it can be reused.