Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Knarbens, Nov 4, 2013.
Is there any material aside from wood that can be used as a neck material?
I have seen some very guitar necks made completely form carbon fiber
I was expecting this answer.
Do you know whether they've been hollow or solid?
I wonder if it's possible to order a "carbon blank"
To be honest, I don't know whether carbon fiber necks are solid or hollow. I feel like it would be fibrous if you cut into it though, so I suspect that they're probably made in a neck-shaped vacuum mold layered with carbon fabric and epoxy rather than being cut from a blank.
Moses Graphite necks are hollow. A solid carbon neck would be unnecessarily heavy, and structurally inefficient.
Bamboo is also an excellent sustainable alternative to wood.
Some builders make their carbon necks hollow. Some use a foam or obeche wood core as a positive mould.
Has anyone ever heard of Arboform?
Arboform - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
That's really interesting! It would be cool to use that as an alternative to foam in a carbon-wrapped neck.
TECNARO is a producer of high-quality thermoplastics from renewable resources. The raw material is lignin, which is second only to cellulose as the most abundant natural polymer. Lignin is a by-product of the pulp industry and the volume arising worldwide is about 50 million tonnes per year.
Mixing lignin with natural fibres (flax, hemp or other fibre plants) and some natural additive produces a fibre composite that can be processed at raised temperatures and, just like a synthetic thermoplastic material, can be made into mouldings, plates or slabs on conventional plastics processing machines. So this allows products such as computer, television or mobile phone casings to be made from "wood". These granules made from biorenewable materials are named ARBOFORM® (arbor, Latin = the tree).
Very interesting, indeed. I'm dying to get into 3D printing of guitars.
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