Maple Used by Leo Fender on the first ever solid body electric guitar (aka. the Telecaster), and has been used on guitars since, maple by nature is a medium hard and medium weight
wood type. It has worked well throughout the years, without causing the guitar to be too neck heavy. Some of Fender’s guitars also use maple to construct the guitar’s fingerboard.
Mahogany Mahogany wood has been used to construct almost all acoustic guitars since a very long time now.wholesale jerseys from china It is more ‘flexible’ than maple, as well as lighter. Above all, mahogany has an
extremely distinctive and dark natural color, which gives it an attractive contrast as compared to a maple top (or even a spruce one). Acoustic guitars also use mahogany to construct the back and
sides if the body.
Rosewood Rosewood is a tight grained, heavy wood, and comes in many different varieties the most well known of which is the Brazilian rosewood. Thanks to deforestation and over usage, the
Brazilian rosewood is now rare and expensive. Rosewood is also often used for fingerboard because of its smooth, hard surface. Paul Reed Smith guitars build electric guitars which sport rosewood
necks and many other acoustic guitars continue to use this wood to this very day.
Pau Ferro: The word means ‘iron wood’, Pau Ferro is considered to be the best alternative/replacement to the expensive and now rare Brazilian rosewood. It is heavy and nonporous which means
that it is extremely easy to apply finish on, and very popular for necks and fingerboards. A word of caution: Pau Ferro is known to be allergic among 15% of the world’s population!
Basswood: Used in economy acoustics as well as high end electric setups, basswood has a relatively side grain which makes it sifter than other woods. In addition, bass wood is also extremely
light; Parker Guitars coats basswood neck with carbon resin and the result is an ultra light and very strong result.
Set Neck: Or simply, set in necks, these types of necks are glued into place. This method has been in existence as long as acoustic guitars themselves, and is almost always used in acoustic
guitar construction. The Gibson Les Paul acoustic guitars are prime examples of set necks guitars. The neck is cut very carefully to match its mounting point on the guitar body and the two
sections are put together with dove tail joints in order to maximize the gluing surface.
Bolt on Neck: Very common on almost all solid body electric guitars out there. First introduced on the legendary Fender Telecaster, Leo Fender’s first ever electric guitar. However the
telecaster’s neck employed the use of four wooden screws to attach the neck with the body, and no bolts were used at all, ironically. Nonetheless, the name stuck and some manufacturers today do
actually use bolts. A custom guitar manufacturer Taylor developed a special bolt on design in which the head of the bolt is actually inside the body of the guitar.
Neck Through Body: Exclusive to solid body electrics, in this design, the neck is a part of the guitar’s body and extends the entire length of the instrument. Advanced designs use dovetail
joints or ‘dados’ which is a tab in one piece that fits into a slot in the other piece, to connect the full length neck to the body wings. According to the proponents of this design, the lower
mass of the body wings cuts down on low frequency resonance, with the guitar creating a bright and thin sound. Neck through instruments are ideal for high volume playing scenarios, where there is
a need for a clear low end. The Gibson Firebird for instance uses a neck constructed from mahogany, and the softer wood provides a warmer and a rounder tone. Neck through bodies were
characteristic of the early, experimental Les Paul guitars, which featured a 4 inch wood post that ran from the tail to the headstock. Sawed off guitar body halves were then glued onto each of
its 2 sides.
The shape of the neck is undoubtedly the most important personal aspect when choosing a guitar, as it is this which has a detrimental effect on the comfort of the guitar. It affects how the hands
and fingers fit the neck and how easily your fingers can move from fret to fret (additional read: How
to Master the Fretboard). The ‘C’ shaped neck is as old as the existence of guitars and has evolved over the time. We then have oval neck shapes, ‘U’ shaped necks (rectangular shaped necks
ideal for players with long fingers), and ‘V’ shaped necks (or inverted V) The normal V provides a comfy groove down the middle, while the latter thicker on the bass side (thinner on the treble).