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PostPosted: 05/06/2007 at 09:26 AM    Post subject: Probably a stupid question, but...

Hi all.

I'm currently building a telecaster and am interested in a metal neck for it. However, I'd really like to have one with a maple fretboard (purely for aesthetic reasons), but I've never seen this on a metal-necked guitar. Why is this? Is it not the right type of wood? Does it not possess the best tonal properties to bring out the potential benefits (i.e. superior sustain, brighter tone) of a metal neck?



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Greg Bailey
PostPosted: 05/06/2007 at 2:05 PM    Post subject:

HI David,

It's not a stupid question at all. There's no reason that I can think of that would make maple a bad choice. I guess the reason we've not seen a maple fingerboard on an aluminum neck is probably color. I'd guess that if some one wanted a light color, they'd just leave it all aluminum, but by using maple, you can keep the lighter color and lighten up the neck at the same time. I also think that by laminating materials, you actually get a stronger neck. I know for a fact that one of my necks with a phenlic fingerboard is stiffer than the all aluminum necks I make. I would say GO FOR IT!

Greg Bailey

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