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Achihua Neck Blanks

NECKSAchihuaWNA1450Achihua (pronounced ah-CHEE-wha....gesundheit!) is a wood with an amazing set of properties. It is easy to carve and machine and is super-stable, much like Mahogany. Like Mahogany, it is porous (allowing for pore-filling effects that create great depth under finish) and even colored. Unlike Mahogany it has a very light blond-beige color and it is extremely light in weight -up to 25% lighter than Mahogany! We found that when we tap/knock on the blanks that the tone rings a good deal longer than Mahogany as well.

You will want to dye the wood in most cases but some builders have used the light color of the Achihua necks to their advantage as they are able to stain the neck to get the exact color they needs to match the overall color scheme of the guitar. The light color is much like painting on white canvas as opposed to brown paper. For the adventurous, vivid or pastel colors can be achieved on the Achihua that are just not possible with darker wood.

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