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Ash For A Neck?


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Soulds like as good an option as anything else. We all know it takes dye & stain nicely, and it's as good a musical wood as anything else. FWIW: Larry Karosa made a series of ash necks. They didn't look too bad. With the natural graining and the curve of the back of the neck, some interesting patterns came out.

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Hopefully someone else more knowledgable will chime in, but some reason I remember this question being asked before. I kind of remember someone saying that even though ash is very hard and dense it can be rather springy and probably would not be a great idea for a neck. But this is all from a foggy memory, so don't take it as gospel truth.

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Hard and dense definitely go a long way. Ash is also fairly heavy, so you might have to really watch you strap button placements to get a good balance, so it doesn't come out too neck heavy. I hope someone else chimes in as well, since I can not remember if there were reasons to stay away from ash or not.

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I have an Ash neck on my strat build, it is laminated horizontally not on its edge as is the "norm" its been fine with no movement. One thing I would say however is keep it in the environment where it will be kept when built i.e the house because in my experience it does have a tendancey to move whilst acclimatising to it's new environmemt.

But as regards stability and strength I have had no problem with it

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