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 Post subject: neck block material
PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2015 12:02 am 
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I'm building two guitars based mostly on Jonathan Kinkead's book and plans. He calls for a mahogany neck and also a mahogany neck block, saying they should be the same material so they have the same coefficient of expansion. I don't have necks yet but have been considering cherry (one of the guitars has a cherry back and sides) - should I be using cherry for the neck blocks too? I have done the tops and backs and am just starting the sides so need to find blocks soon.


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 Post subject: Re: neck block material
PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2015 6:36 am 
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Cherry splits easy you are better to use Mahogany or even spruce. Cherry can be very hard and heavy, Mahogany is lighter and strong. Spruce would be my 2nd choice. You can find mahogany easy enough and it isn't too expensive. A decent board can make a lot of blocks. You can also but them GMC 1-800-247-6931 That is Martin's guitar makers connection will have them.

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