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What woods are forgiving for a beginner?


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White Limba is actually pretty forgiving. Mahogany is as well. Alder is considered easy to work--haven't tried it yet, myself-- and poplar is as well. Both are soft though, they are easy dent. The key to the problem is the last half of that first sentence. Dull chisels and hand planes will totally screw up what you are trying to do, and they are dangerous. It takes so much effort to cut wood with dull blades that once it finally begins you have no control at all over where the blade goes. And the quality of the cut sucks. Watch some youtube vids and get those tools sharp. Then you'll see what a genuine pleasure they are to use.

Ebony makes an excellent fretboard. It is not particularly forgiving. It is extremely hard and quite brittle.


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