OmaPlata Posted March 4, 2009 Report Share Posted March 4, 2009 The build in question is a solid body tele with a 2 piece ash body. The guitar will be dyed transparent black and will likely have at least one, if not two P90's. The fingerboard will be ebony, the blackest I can find(likely no inlay as well). I'll be looking to complete the trio with a black neck. It will likely be a pretty thick C shaped neck(maybe 1"). My two considerations currently are to dye maple black and gloss it or use wenge. I understand that maple is going to be a good bit brighter than the wenge. I'd be curious as to how each of these would pair with an ash body and ebony fretboard? I've heard Wenge goes quite well tonally with ebony. I've never played a Wenge neck and am wondering how it compares in feel and playability to say...Padauk(I have a guitar with a Padauk neck). I do have a few concerns about wenge though... 1)I'm worried it might not be dark enough. I don't want a chocolate brown neck, I want black. I've heard Wenge does not take finish well due to the oil content and I wouldn't be able to darken it any. 2)I'm worried about weight and neck dive. I'm shooting for just north of a 4 pound body(maybe 4.3-4.5). Will I be alright or will I need more weight in the body to balance a thick Wenge neck? Also, are there any other woods worth considering with this setup/combo? Thanks! PS-Sorry for all the newbie questions. I searched and didn't come up with much but I'm sure this has been covered... Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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