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    I'm looking at the martin website right now. I would expect the necks to be either mahogany or rosewood, but on the specs I've read through so far, they say "select hardwood". Why aren't they more specific?

    Example:
    http://www.martinguitar.com/guitars/choosing/guitars.php?p=m&m=D-28

  • #2
    Nobody uses rosewood for necks.

    "Select hardwood" means mahogany or Spanish cedar. They used to use mahogany exclusively, but it's getting harder (and more expensive) to source, so they use whatever they can.

    Now you can ask about "wings."
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    • #3
      And you failed to mention Stratabond.
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      • #4
        As gitnoob mentioned, there aren't any rosewood necks out there. Mahogany or related wood (i.e., nato) is typical but you'll occasionally find maple used on some guitars. I'm not aware of any Martins that use maple necks though. (Doesn't necessarily mean they aren't out there, just means I don't know about them. )
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        • #5
          FWIW LMI sells rosewood neck blanks so somebody's using it to make necks.

          As for "select hardwood" that does not include stratabond.
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          • #6
            My 000-15 is supposed to have a "select hardwood" neck but it looks very much like mahogany to me.
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            • #7
              My 000-15 is supposed to have a "select hardwood" neck but it looks very much like mahogany to me.


              Although is a different Martin guitar this Martin in link below
              has the genuine mahogany neck on sale now at MS
              guessing its a mainly Martin thing with mahogany necks ?

              http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Martin-D15-Dreadnought-Acoustic-Guitar?sku=514740
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              • #8
                I looked in WIKI... I could not find a "select hardwood" tree
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                • #9
                  I looked in WIKI... I could not find a "select hardwood" tree


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                  and plant yer ain trees if ye have a big enough garden
                  and Hey make yer ain guitar


                  wuid be fun and hey also a gd feeling looking back at the trees
                  in yer Garden while say playing a cracking guitar

                  thing is what age are ye ? as probs tke trees a fair few yrs to grow
                  and a guess ye arent getting any younger

                  http://www.naturehills.com/catalog/trees.aspx
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                  • #10
                    I'm looking at the martin website right now. I would expect the necks to be either mahogany or rosewood, but on the specs I've read through so far, they say "select hardwood". Why aren't they more specific?

                    Example:
                    http://www.martinguitar.com/guitars/choosing/guitars.php?p=m&m=D-28


                    Martin uses Hog or Spanish Cedar ( which is not from the Cedar family) for necks. Since they use, what's in and since they can't foresee what gets what, they just say "select hardwood".
                    Soundise it's said not to make any difference.
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                    • #11
                      And you failed to mention Stratabond.


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                      • #12
                        FWIW LMI sells rosewood neck blanks so somebody's using it to make necks.


                        Yeah, apparently electric guitar d00ds don't care if their guitar weighs a ton.
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