“I'm doing some wood binding today, and I pulled out a few pieces of curly maple I've had for a while that I bought from you. It never ceases to amaze me how LMI, above all my other suppliers, just consistently gives me materials that never fail to surpass my expectations. No matter what any picture on your site looks like, whatever I get is always better. Really appreciate it. I know that you supply many other people far beyond my volume and talent, but I am definitely a customer for life!"
Honduran Mahogany has been the preferred wood for steel string guitar necks for many years. It is now listed on CITES Appendix II. Due to its scarcity, finding quality, quartersawn stock has grown more difficult. Trees are smaller, resulting in far less quartersawn material and/or material that is quartersawn running to off-quarter or flatsawn. In order to be completely transparent about the product you are receiving, we have modified the way we are grading our Mahogany.
Premium grade mahogany necks are straight-grained, quartersawn with a 10° variance off quarter allowed. ** (See figure 1)
First grade mahogany necks are straight-grained, quartersawn with a 25° variance off quarter allowed. ** (See figure 2)
Second grade mahogany necks may have one of the following: small knots or pinholes that will not effect the integrity of the neck, off quarter as much as 50% (45°) or the grain will not be perfectly straight or there might be unevenness of color.
**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.
Honduran Mahogany is shipped in U.S. only Due to the CITES export restrictions on Honduran Mahogany, we are unable to ship this wood outside of the United States. See CITES website.
GET THEM WHILE THEY LAST — Our neck/heel combination sets (NKHMCOMBO) are a great bargain. You get a neck and heel for the price of a neck. The first grade sets have a pretty well quartered neck and the heel is as much as 25 degrees off quarter which should not effect your neck much structurally. The necks on the second grade sets might be as much as 25 degrees off quarter and the heels as much as 45. These were a special purchase and once they're gone, it is unlikely we'll have them again.