Is It Possible To Mate Different Woods In A Scarf Joint ?

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  1. adamb

    adamb New Member

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    Hi all,

    as the title indicates, I'm wondering what the rule is regarding scarf joints and mixing of wood types? I'm thinking of a mahogany neck with an ebony headstock. Does anyone see or know of issues arising when mixing like this? Has anyone done this and if so were there any issues?

    What's the consensus?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Adam

    Adam Well-Known Member

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    On a lot of my builds I have matched the headstock piece with the body wood. Nothing wrong with that. The only issue I would consider is if it's an oily wood or not, but ebony isn't, so you should be fine.
     
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    Sure, no worries!
     
  4. pshupe

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    Absolutely. I just saw a really cool scarf joint on a guitar that had, what I believe was, a maple skunk stripe that had a maple scarf jointed headstock. It looked supercool!

    Cheers Peter.
     
  5. Fret Hopper

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    Peter,
    Did the neck look anything like this?
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    Another shot...or two...
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    The angle distorts the actual size of the body, which is much smaller than it appears in the pictures,

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  7. EvilAsh

    EvilAsh New Member

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    Holy flip, that looks nice!

    I wonder, are there any draw backs to having the 45degree angled strips of maple on the neck, could they be weak spots? I'm sure yours is fine, but I thought I would ask in case I tried something similar in future!
     
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    Looks more like 15 degrees to me, and no, should be plenty strong.
     
  9. Fret Hopper

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    Adam is damn close. It is actually about 12 degrees, same angle for both scarf joints.

    And if you note it is a maple head stock veneer. I did that so it ties everything together.

    Started applying finish a couple days ago. Put a light honey amber dye on the body, with a very light Bordeaux dye wash over that, except on the maple. Maple only has the honey amber. Then aqua coat grain filler. Putting acrylic clear lacquer over that.

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  10. pshupe

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    Yes that is the one. That looks amazing. I like scarf joints, especially like that. I usually do a laminated neck and then add ears. I find this is the easiest way to cut out a neck. Adding the ears keeps the blank quite thin, making the side profile much wider, which is much easier to use a table saw and / or band saw to cut the profile. I might try a scarf joint like that though at some point just because it is awesome looking IMO.

    Cheers Peter.
     
  11. KEAguitars

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    Yup, i use multiple pieces in my scarfs all the time.
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    KEA,
    Very nice. Do you run into any problems lining up the five piece sections? Any methods you use to keep them in line?

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