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Sapele, from Africa, features an attractive ribbon figure than runs the direction of the grain. It is an excellent alternative to Honduran Mahogany, with similar color, and above average stability. Plus it is readily available at an affordable price. It is a little heavier than Honduran Mahogany and the texture is not quite as even. The suggestion to carry this tonewood 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. You can expect to see more and more fine guitars built from Sapele in the future.
NOTE: The declining availability of Honduran Mahogany, the gold standard wood for necks, has now become rare and expensive, and we are restricted from shipping this wood outside of the United States. Sapele is a good alternative.
DRAWING #1 30" x 4" x 2 7/8" neck blanks are large enough that two (2) complete one-piece necks can be cut from them.
DRAWING #2 24" x 3" x 7/8" neck blank with 6" x 4" x 3" heel blank. 7/8" thick blanks, can be laminated with heads and heels attached.
DRAWING #3 24" x 3" x 7/8" neck blank with 12" x 3" x 7/8" heel blank (stacked heel), or the entire neck can be cut from a 35" x 3" x 7/8" blank.
When available, the 30" x 4" x 2 7/8" neck blanks are large enough that two (2) complete one-piece necks can be cut from them (see drawing #1). 7/8" thick blanks can be laminated with heads and heels attached (drawing #2 and #3).
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.