Figured Maple Neck Blank | Master Grade

Natural (non-roasted) Master Grade Neck Blanks currently out of stock
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Master grade figure. Quartersawn. Natural or roasted. Figured maple neck blank, planed and cut to multiple thickness, width, and length options.
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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.

Q: What is a test blank?

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.

Q: What kinds of defects might be included in a test blank?

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.

Q: How do I purchase a test blank in addition to my production neck blank?

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.

Q: What are some other uses for a test blank?

Although this is not an exhaustive list of all of the possible uses for a test blank, some uses may include:

  1. Suitable for beginners and for other educational purposes.
  2. New or experimental neck profile/design.
  3. Evaluating the use of machine and hand tools with figured maple.
  4. Unfamiliar with torrefied/roasted figured maple.
  5. A reference article for a specific make/model.
  6. A calibration piece for measuring tools and for work fixtures.


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.


  • 5

    Posted by christian s on 18th Aug 2022

    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!

  • 5
    Better than expected

    Posted by Jay on 12th Jul 2022

    I ordered some test blanks and thought they made a mistake and sent me the real thing. These are incredible quality with great figuring. Shipping was fast. Will definitely order these again.

  • 5
    Figured neck blank master grade

    Posted by Chuck on 23rd Apr 2022

    My first order has made me a lifelong customer! Amazing quality, beautiful neck blanks. Looking forward to buying more.

  • 5
    Figured maple neck blank

    Posted by Richard Schlenk on 21st Feb 2022

    I’ve ordered this product a few times. First it’s a real value. This is quartersawn and always dead flat. The figure is ridiculously awesome. The delivery is VERY fast. I love buying wood from this company. I’ve never been disappointed.

  • 5

    Posted by Jon on 11th Feb 2022

    It’s perfect. Very happy! Thank you.

  • 5
    Figured Maple Neck Blank

    Posted by Chuck Conrad on 15th Dec 2021

    I usually get the test blanks at the Master Grade page. These I just ordered were flame roasted maple and are great as always. Timely shipping, reasonable prices and always excellent quality. i will be buying more in the future

  • 5
    roasted flame maple neck blank

    Posted by david ross on 10th Feb 2021


  • 5
    Roasted Flame Maple Neck Blanks

    Posted by Chuck's Guitar Shop on 22nd Jan 2021

    Fantastic. Everything I've ordered has been marvelous. Definitely will be coming back for more!

  • 5
    Roasted figures maple neck blank

    Posted by justin abernethy on 8th Dec 2020

    Beautiful quartersawn roasted flame maple neck blank, just perfect!!!
    Thank you