Master grade figure. Quartersawn. Natural or roasted figured maple neck blank, planed and cut to multiple thickness, width, and length options.
Please note 1.5" roasted neck blanks are sold rough dimension.
This is a stock item. You will not receive the one shown in the picture.
We understand the uncertainty that comes with investing in a valuable piece of timber and not knowing exactly how it is going to turn out. To address this, we are now offering a "test blank" to alleviate some of the anxiety.
Perhaps you are new to lutherie, figured and/or torrefied maple, or you are just looking to evaluate a new or experimental neck profile prior to carving into your production piece. These test blanks have a variety of aesthetic defects, but are suitable for practice and experimentation.
Defects include: Non-straight grain lines, flares, small knots (1/8" and under), worm, stains, "streaky" areas of weak or inconsistent figure. You will NOT receive a practice blank that includes large knots (1/8" and over) and/or cracks of any kind.
Step One: After selecting your specifications, ensure that the "Convert To Test Blank" checkbox is unchecked and select "Add To Cart". This will add a production neck blank to your cart.
Step Two: With your specifications still selected, check the "Convert To Test Blank" checkbox to convert your neck blank to one that will be of lesser quality, but will have comparable master grade figure. Select "Add To Cart" to add your test blank as a separate item.
Although this is not an exhaustive list of all of the possible uses for a test blank, some uses may include:
The use of maple provides a high stiffness to weight ratio, which makes an exceptional material for use in creating a neck that can withstand a considerable range of string tensions.
Since most lumber has a natural tendency to undergo dimensional changes in different environments, the process of torrefaction (also known as thermal modification or roasting) significantly reduces its sensitivity to different temperatures and humidity levels. By roasting a neck blank, one can expect to have long-term dimensional stability when compared to other conventional methods.
Absolutely gorgeous piece with excellent flame
The figure and lumber quality of these blanks are amazing. I've used them for every neck I've built for the past several years because i know that I can trust that every order will exceed my expectations.
This blank blew me away. it looks like holographic corrugated metal. Straight grain. Perfectly quartered. Flat. Will but again.
I have purchaced neck blanks here recently and can not be more pleased. These are properly quater sawn blanks. I doubt I would go anywhere for my neck blanks. Highly recomended.
Haven’t seen better wood anywhere. Super people to work with and I’m always ready to buy more.
Another great figured maple neck at a very reasonable price
Excellent! Never disappointed!
Gorgeous master grade wood, expertly milled. Excellent customer service as well with a shout out to Laura for taking great care of my order.
This is the 4th board I have bought from American Specialty Hardwoods and so far, so good! They have all been excellent pieces, straight grained, perfectly quartered and flamey from end to end. Getting specific sizes has never been an issue for which I am also very grateful. Good Stuff!