question about this maple neck

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  1. Santuzzo

    Santuzzo Member

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    Hi,

    sorry, here's my guitar-OCD at it again, so bear with me:
    I got this guitar with a maple neck and it has these dot-like spots in the grain that looks like figuration to me.
    My question to the experts: is this birds-eye figuration in a very slight form or is this something else?
    These spots are all over the outer flanks of this 5-piece neck. Does this kind of figuration indicate a lesser quality wood? Would this wood be less stable?

    here's the pics:
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    thanks!
     
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  2. otterhound

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    Wood is wood .
    By this , I am saying that it is not uniform and perfect .
    Nearly all maple has some degree of figuring of some sort .
    Just play the darned thing and forget about this .
    20-30 years ago , Martin rejected all sitka that had Bear Claw in it . Today , it is an up charge .
    Yes , you are being a tad OCD about this , but this does show that you are observant .
    ADD can also be called superior attention capacity .
     
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  3. Michael_P

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    those little dots are indicative of maple that is vertical grained...they are medullary rays...NOT bird's eye figure
     
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  4. Santuzzo

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    Thanks! yes, I know, I get overly OCD about my guitars ....

    Thanks! So, what does that mean?
    Is it an indication of a lesser quality wood? does it have any negative influence on the stability of the wood?
     
  5. otterhound

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    These are medullary rays in cherry . Medullary rays look similar in maple .
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    These are Medullary rays in sycamore .
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  6. Santuzzo

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    it looks very different on those pics, though.
     
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    Likely that the wood pictured is not fully quartered .
    How about a pic of the entire neck ?
    Better yet , a picture of the heel if possible .
    When you have a curved cross section like with a neck , the exposed grain will vary in cut along that curve .
    Perfectly quartered along the spine of the neck will be perfectly flat along the side/s . Everything in between will be neither along that curved people .
    Multi piece necks are often done with flatsawn wood in order to gain stiffness/strength through lamination .
     
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  8. Santuzzo

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    I will try to post a pic of the entire neck.
    But you know what spots I was referring to? They are not very well visible on the pics, but it's those little light dots I was referring to. They almost look like there are little dents in the wood, but they are no dents.
     
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    Yeah, your guitar is ruined. Inferior quality wood. Send it to me for disposal.

    :D
     
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  10. Santuzzo

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    hahahaha, kiitos plajon! :wave:
     
  11. otterhound

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    I saw them .
    They are like beauty marks on a woman .
     
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    someone else mentioned to me that these dots I am referring to are 'flecking'.
    I have never heard of flecking before, so I have no idea what that is/means ...
     
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    You ARE still connected to the internet, aren't you?
     
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    not sure... lemme go and check :D

    Yes, I did google 'flecking' and also saw some pics, but all of them looked very different from what the neck of my guitar looks like. The pics I found showing flecking have more like streaks as opposed to dots.
     
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    Now you're acting like a fleck . :rofl:
     
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    :scratch: :hmm:
     
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    Otterhound is correct. Those are small Medullary rays. Sometimes called silking or flecking. It occurs when a piece of wood is perfectly or nearly perfectly quarter cut. The Medullary rays in the sycamore are much larger than that of the maple because of the differences in grain structure between the two species of wood. All woods have this it just looks different from species to species. Some manufacturers exclusively use quarter cut maple to build neck and have a strip of this running down the center of every neck they make. It's actually a very good indicator of how well cut the wood is, and how strait the grain is.
     
  18. Dave Weir

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    The many small dark spots are the Medullary rays. The occasional clear blister or bump or dent that is actually flat but looks 3D is like a mild bird's eye. The grain is switching direction a bit. Same thing that causes flame or quilting, just on a very small scale. It's certainly not a problem.
     
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    It is called "character". If you do not care for it, send it to Poro ;)

    You are in good shape on that neck. I would go have a beer and relax.

    From the ozone. ..
     

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