#1
My family used to run a circular sawmill back in the 1920's up through the 80's and I have literally hundreds of board feet of good virgin lumber at my disposal. I'm planning out my next guitar build at the moment (either a Gibson Flying V or a Dean ML copy). As it stands I'm looking at doing a neckthru build with a neck made of cherry and body wings made of Black Walnut. The cherry has aged for a long time and has that gorgeous deep red, and the Walnut is coming from a 6x6 about 9 feet long that is pure chocolate/black all the way through.


Here's my questions.
1. What's a North American species suitable for fretboards? More than likely I can dig up some in one of the barns on the family grounds

2. Does anyone see a hidden problem with using the cherry/walnut combination? (Stability, tone, etc)
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Last edited by Flux'D at Mar 20, 2009,
#2
I know walnut's used in a few guitars and I'm pretty sure I've seen cherry.
Good fretboard materials would be maple, ebony and rosewood but in the end it's down to experimentation I suppose. There are quite a few websites on guitar building, and check out a few custom guitar builders and see what woods they use
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#3
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Good fretboard materials would be maple, ebony and rosewood...



I thought about using Maple but it would look a little odd since the neck/body would be really dark compared to Maple in color. I never liked the look of a dark guitar with a Maple fretboard haha

If I could I would like to stay away from Rosewood or Ebony since everything else in the guitar will be a Domestic species. I could splurge and get a either one but I wanna look at other options before I make that decision. Most fretboard materials I've seen from small luthiers are mostly the ones already mentioned along with Pau Ferro, Ziricote, or Koa... all of which aren't found in the continental U.S.
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#4
Do a bit of research and see what qualities those woods have in common and compare them to local species, I have no idea what woods grow in the US unfortunately.
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#5
I suppose walnut would work, but ask LP addict.
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#6
You can always stain the maple as well to make it darker
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#7
Walnut will definitely work.

Wanna send me some? I'm in need of a new body for my strat.
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Walnut will definitely work.

Wanna send me some? I'm in need of a new body for my strat.

Yeah I'd love a few body blanks of walnut
*hint hint*
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#9
you could stain some maple with black dye
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#10
Wouldn't the stain wear out after awhile though?
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Wouldn't the stain wear out after awhile though?

yeah, but you could always add more. or leave it, the little white spots will grab attention when you are doing your EPIC TAPS!

why not?
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#13
yeah, but it would give a cool aged look to it, or you could re-apply every now and again.
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#14
ive seen paduak fret boards before. deep red that goes browner over time. i made my guitar out of it.
#15
It just hit me what I could use, has anyone had experience with using mesquite as a fretboard material? I know from experience how hard this stuff can be, rough on tools
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#17
Never heard of a guitar made out of it. It'd probably smell good though...
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#20
Interested in selling some of that cherry?
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