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I heard about this Alowood sometime last year but until today I had never seen it in person. I went to my not so local Rockler and they had it in stock. It looks interesting and I am considering using it for a neck and possibly a fretboard. I like the looks of the ebony colored Alowood the most.

Has anyone seen it or considered using it for a neck and or a fretboard? Here are some links to what I'm talking about. http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=18182 or http://www.alowood.com/

If I try it I will post my results but for now I have 4 or 5 neck blanks glued up of regular hardwoods so it will be a while.

Jeff

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Looks OK to me... :D I like using woods that are not normally used in luthiery. I actually picket up a piece of "IPE" a couple months ago. http://www.internetlumber.com/lumber-produ...lnut--Ipe-Floor

My local lumber supplier was running a special on it. It's normally used in flooring & decking. EXTREMELY hard wood that is somewhat oily. It has a green tint to it. The piece I picked up had some quilting in it, thats mainly why I bought it. I re-sawed a piece for a fingerboard, but havent used it yet.

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I heard about this Alowood sometime last year but until today I had never seen it in person. I went to my not so local Rockler and they had it in stock. It looks interesting and I am considering using it for a neck and possibly a fretboard. I like the looks of the ebony colored Alowood the most.

Has anyone seen it or considered using it for a neck and or a fretboard? Here are some links to what I'm talking about. http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=18182 or http://www.alowood.com/

If I try it I will post my results but for now I have 4 or 5 neck blanks glued up of regular hardwoods so it will be a while.

Jeff

I don`t know. the website says that its treated and dyed pine. Will it sound good? probably not. tap it, hear it, I could be wrong.

I wouldn` use it. use some real hardwood.

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Just an update. I went back to Rockler yesterday with the intent on using my 22% off coupon for purchasing a piece of that Ebony colored Alowood. However, I noticed that some of the Ebony colored Alowood looked like it was warping and blotchy in color. The stuff I looked at previously looked clean, straight and uniform in color.

I asked a salesman/woodworker who I know has been working there for several years about the problem. He said that they and other stores had to throw out some of their Alowood stock due to warping. He also said that they called Alowood and asked why it was warping because it's suppose to be stable. They didn't have an answer yet.

I know for a fact that it looked good the first time I saw it but looked bad the other day. I trust the salesman/woodworker even though I can't prove what he said is true and not just gossip so for now I will stick to my hardwoods for necks etc.

Jeff

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