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- Jan 19, 2012
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Yes - IMO it is nice to qualify that statement. This is also probably limited to the higher end RIs like the burst years. It is much more expensive to find quartered material large enough for a neck blank. The custom shop "should" be using that in a $7,000 - $10,000 guitar.It was an article about the reissues, I will try and find it, possibly not used on their ‘run of the mill’ stuff.
It also depends how you define "quartersawn" I think most places would call anything with the grain orientation within about 30 degrees of perpendicular to be quartersawn. Ideally it would be nice to be completely perpendicular. I try and find wood like that or even larger blanks that I could cut to perfectly perpendicular.Thanks guys for the advice.
I guess we are all agreed that quartersawn is the strong preference. What I'm not sure on yet is how much a difference it makes to be almost quartersawn. I get that it won't be quite as strong.
I've asked the vendor to have another look to see if he has anything closer to a true quartersawn blank. If not, I might have to take the nearly version
Although I want to get as close to a '59 as possible, in not that hung up about neck angle. If shaving a couple of degrees makes it stronger, it won't bother me in the slightest.
It's not that difficult to cut perfectly quartersawn material, if you can find a large enough blank. If a one piece neck is not absolutely required I like laminating. I can buy relatively inexpensive flat sawn material and rip and rotate to create a laminated neck which turns into quartersawn laminates nicely..