“Dear Sir,
A few months ago I placed my first order with you and built my very first guitar. Ovangkol back and sides with Sitka top.
I have been a craftsman for a number of years, rebuilding antique pianos, including making new soundboards and bridges, and decided to try my hand at guitars after buying a Taylor 814ce.
The results of my first attempt were surprising, to me and to others. Since I'm a bit "old-school" I built it entirely by hand, no table saw, router, joiner etc. (I did use a drill press!). I have already received requests for custom made guitars, and from a store interested in selling them.
It really helped to find quality supplies, all in one place, so I could start this experiment - which may just turn out to be my next and final career.
Many Thanks.
ps. I have just placed a second order so I can start making a few more......”

- Jon Ballard

Khaya Neck Blanks

NECKSblankKhaya250Khaya ivorensis

Khaya has often been overlooked as a substitute for genuine Honduran Mahogany. We have carried it for years for backs and sides, and though it is a very attractive wood, the wide pores, lighter weight and pinkish color we usually see in this species clearly distinguish it from "the real thing". But we have now found that there are different strains of Khaya which look nearly identical to Honduran Mahogany - or at least present themselves as the best substitute we have come across so far!

It should be mentioned that the suggestion to carry it came to us from a well know manufacturer that has been using it for a while on their high-end instruments with no protests from their discerning customers.

Note: The longer a neck blank is, the more difficult it becomes to maintain straight grain along the entire piece. We attempt to maintain straight grain along our 35 inch necks for at least 24 inches after which the grain may veer slightly off the board.

• Parts for added heels and heel blocks can be found under Various Heel Blocks.

SKU Product Name In Stock Each 4+  
NKKHPR353 Neck blank, Khaya, premium grade, 35" long
Yes $41.50 N/A
NKKH1353 Neck blank, Khaya, 1st grade, 35" long
Yes $33.20 $29.55
NKKH2353 Neck blank, Khaya, 2nd grade, 35" long
Yes $25.55 $22.75
NKKHPR303 Neck blank, Khaya, premium grade, 30" long
No $27.00 N/A
NKKH1303 Neck blank, Khaya, 1st grade, 30" long
No $21.60 $19.20
NKKHPR243 Neck blank, Khaya, premium grade, 24" long
Yes $28.44 N/A
NKKH1243 Neck blank, Khaya, 24" long
No $22.75 $20.25
NKKH2243 Neck blank, Khaya, 2nd grade, 24" long
Yes $17.20 $15.30