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The figure can occur in both varieties, though I think it's less common in rock maple, but I could be wrong on that. Check out the search function, there will be quite a few threads to look through when searching for questions about maple, but there should be a number of threads about this exact subject that discuss and explain the differences between the maples and their use in necks. Best of luck. J

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The figuring in hard maple is way different than in soft. The soft variety has more pattern in it and is whiter in color. (color depends on if the person doing the drying is on the ball) Hard maple tends to be yellower. I stock both varieties and they are easily discernible at a glance on the rack.

Make a laminated neck with something real hard like wenge, purpleheart, or bloodwood. It makes quite a difference.


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