Does Fender only use "hard rock maple"?

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  1. Les Paul Newb

    Les Paul Newb Senior Member

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    For their necks?

    I know hard/rock/sugar maple all reference the same species of tree, which is the tree you get maple syrup from.

    In adverts, I mostly just see "maple neck", not specifically stating hard and/or rock.

    Anyone know what they use, and if they changed it, when?

    I've seen other brands use terms like "eastern maple" or "big leaf maple" when referencing caps/tops, which I'm guessing is softer because it's not being used for necks, but I don't know.
     
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    RayTorvalds Senior Member

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    NECK WOODS

    Maple:
    As our primary wood we use Northern Hard Rock Maple selected for clean clear grain and minimal run-out. This wood has a bright tone with excellent sustain.


    As per http://edenhaus.com/woods.htm, a Fender licensed company. That is all I kind could find real quick. I hope that helps. :thumb:
    Your better bet will be just asking Fender, though. Good luck finding out :)
     
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    Les Paul Newb Senior Member

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    Thanks man.
     
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    RayTorvalds Senior Member

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    You're welcome :thumb:
     
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    Phil W Senior Member

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    There. Fixed it for you.
     
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    Benjammin Senior Member

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    do they make necks for Fender? because many companies are licenced by Fender and make products that aren't Fender spec'd
     
  7. Les Paul Newb

    Les Paul Newb Senior Member

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    Yeah idk about sustain.
    The difference is in strength.

    The Janka Hardness Test uses a .444" diameter steel ball and measures the force it takes to embed it into the wood at a certain depth. For hard rock maple, it is over 1400 ponds-force. For Big Leaf Maple it's about 800.

    Does that hardness make a tonal difference? I don't know. Probably nothing noticeable to the ear.
     
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    RayTorvalds Senior Member

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    Yes, they do.
     
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    ToneasaurusRex Senior Member

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    Big leaf maple is a Western species, isn't it?

    And I'm surprised to hear it's softer (marginally) (?) than sugar maple. I would've thought they were comparable.
     

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