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I put a reply up about roasted maple necks a couple of days ago, when asked the same question as this posting. I would always recommend a finish on roasted maple necks and fingerboards, also on solid rosewood necks. I use the word sticky on my last comment, that's most likely a bit of an overstatement. Basically, what can happen with raw wood, it will seem really smooth but, a little bit of dampness on it (hot sweaty hands) and it will cease to be  smooth. What this means in real terms, your playing guitar, hand moves up and down the back of the neck no problem. Then you start sweating a little bit, and you suddenly find your hand doesn't move up the back of the neck so easily. This obviously doesn't happen to everyone, I do not have sweaty hands so I can happily play a raw neck without any real problems. I would doubt if many guitars are sold with raw wood on the neck, there is most likely always some kind of finish on it.

 Obviously if you're buying necks for building a partcaster then the roasted maple could well be unfinished. I recommend to all my customers buying roasted maple necks, they should apply an oil finish to the back of the neck. I always apply an oil finish to roasted maple fingerboard's before I fret them. I'm finding I'm selling more roasted maple necks than ever before, they seem to be the in thing at the moment. The Roasted Maple I use is actually European Maple, all the stock I have at the present time is highly rippled (I was going to say flamed but!! ) as per @damm73 neck. Roasted maple is very easy to work, it machines easily, very easy to get a good finish on it. It's a very stable wood, never had a neck bow or twist, and it's got beautiful aroma "Caramel".

Here are some photos of some roasted maple necks I've made recently.



Sorry the LPJ is sold.


This is what raw wood looks like.

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  • ThorpyFXThorpyFX Frets: 4230
    Pmd 
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  • guitarfishbayguitarfishbay Frets: 7027
    This is relevant to my interests so thank for posting re finishing 
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  • ChalkyChalky Frets: 5688
    Prices for a fat tele or strat neck?
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  • rexterrexter Frets: 174
    These look incredible!
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  • MikeBMikeB Frets: 53
    Those pics aren't helping my "build yer own " feeling I'm having. Keep looking at the parts for sale section and wondering. 

    Those roasted maple and the rosewood necks look sublime. 
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  • DrBobDrBob Frets: 1709
    Chalky said:
    Prices for a fat tele or strat neck?
    Same question Graham but how much for a big fat Jazzmaster neck in roasted maple ? 22nd fret on an overhang, 9.5" rad board, biggest frets you can crow bar into it ? ;-)
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  • customkitscustomkits Frets: 752
    can I buy blank necks from you Graham as I'm not sure what I want to do yet
    www.danielsguitars.co.uk
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  • HysterHyster Frets: 173
    These do look nice, I'd be interested in a price for a strat neck too.
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  • PhiltrePhiltre Frets: 741
    You know that blue cap that you've been looking for, for the last two weeks? It's under the sofa. Right near the front.
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  • GSPBASSESGSPBASSES Frets: 1139
    edited July 2017
    can I buy blank necks from you Graham as I'm not sure what I want to do yet
    I don't sell wood unless it's been turned into something, but you can buy roasted maple neck blanks from DD.



    You know that blue cap that you've been looking for, for the last two weeks? It's under the sofa. Right near the front.
    What the F**K are you talking about ????????????????????????????????




    Prices for a fat tele or strat neck?
    All my roasted maple necks are £220 unless you have a ebony fingerboard, then its plus £15.
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  • PhiltrePhiltre Frets: 741
    GSPBASSES said:
    You know that blue cap that you've been looking for, for the last two weeks? It's under the sofa. Right near the front.
    What the F**K are you talking about ????????????????????????????????

    I guess that's why you haven't found it. OK, check the first picture... ;-)
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  • GSPBASSESGSPBASSES Frets: 1139
    Philtre said:
    GSPBASSES said:
    You know that blue cap that you've been looking for, for the last two weeks? It's under the sofa. Right near the front.
    What the F**K are you talking about ????????????????????????????????

    I guess that's why you haven't found it. OK, check the first picture... ;-)

      I see what you are talking about . Interestingly, I haven't got a clue what it was and it's disappeared, obviously got borrowers living under my settee. 
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  • I have a problem with roasted maple, I'm asthmatic, this has never caused a problem in the workshop before apart from working with MOP crown inlays on a ebony fingerboard. It now seems I have become allergic to roasted maple, that's a bit odd as I've been using this wood for at least 2 years, never having issue it before. I have a Jazzmaster on order with a roasted maple neck and fingerboard, that I've not been able to work on for about a 2 week. I have a new type of dust mask coming tomorrow that I hope will resolve the problem. Unfortunately, sometimes allergies might not be through the dust, but just by touching the wood or whatever it is. If the new face masks helps that will be good, but if it dose not then that will be the end of roasted maple in my work shop. If it dose help then I may invest in one of these face masks that have their own air filter system that blows fresh air into the face mask.  Unfortunately, these masks cost a fortune, so it may be a case of stop using roasted maple sell off the part built and finished necks and move on. 

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  • That's really interesting, @GSPBASSES. I wouldn't have guessed that roasting a piece of maple would change it's allergic properties. 
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  • SporkySporky Frets: 13761
    It'll be changing the oils in the wood at the very least - might also make the dust different.

    I have one of the Trend Airshield masks - it's nice in that it blows cool air across your face and protects too, but it's a bit heavy and awkward - the weight is all at the top.
    Be your own evil twin. 
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  • customkitscustomkits Frets: 752
    edited September 2017
    I had a similar thing when I used to do car body repairs, I was fine with the filler for a few years then my arms would get some sort of rash, it must be a long term thing that the body doesn't like, it was the filler dust causing it

    Hope you get it sorted out anyway
    www.danielsguitars.co.uk
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  • WezVWezV Frets: 9081
    You tend to find allergies  to some woods build up over time.   You can be fine for years, then suddenly you get a reaction every time you are exposed to it.


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  • WezV said:
    You tend to find allergies  to some woods build up over time.   You can be fine for years, then suddenly you get a reaction every time you are exposed to it.


    I have an allergy to mahogany ... I got that by building mahogany based guitars since a teenager ... I have to be careful these days as I wheeze and sneeze like a dying man! 
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  • It's rosewood that does it for me. Not all but now and again I'll be sanding a fretboard and it will set me off.
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  • Do you sell these roasted maple necks? I'm after one for a Strat
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  • The new face masks make very little difference, as a consequence I've decided that roasted maple is a pain in the arse well my lungs. I've spoken to several other builders who used roasted maple, none of them seem to have had a problem with it so just me. 

    I've now decided not to take any more commissions for roasted maple, a friend of mine who is also a custom builder is going help me complete any outstanding orders I have. I still have a fair amount of half built roasted maple necks in stock that sometime in the future may be finished and sold off.
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  • GSPBASSES said:
    Philtre said:
    GSPBASSES said:
    You know that blue cap that you've been looking for, for the last two weeks? It's under the sofa. Right near the front.
    What the F**K are you talking about ????????????????????????????????

    I guess that's why you haven't found it. OK, check the first picture... ;-)

      I see what you are talking about . Interestingly, I haven't got a clue what it was and it's disappeared, obviously got borrowers living under my settee. 
    Mystery solved, I think it was a cap off a bottled water. Last night I went to photograph a Jazzmaster as you know there offset so they don't stand up very well. So I normally pull a something on one side to make it stand up. Last night I used a seashell, photo below.



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  • SYNCHRONICSYNCHRONIC Frets: 0



    GSPBASSES
    said:

    I don't sell wood unless it's been turned into something, but you can buy roasted maple neck blanks from DD.



    Hi there, I too am looking to purchase roasted maple neck and body blanks, is DD refering to David Dyke of luthierssupplies.co.uk?

    Many thanks, beautiful necks and guitars you've built here.
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  • GSPBASSESGSPBASSES Frets: 1139
    Yes David Dyke of luthierssupplies.co.uk? not sure if you will get roasted body blanks.
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