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Dec 6, 2018 - 2:33:59 PM
6 posts since 12/5/2018

Was just wondering if anyone has any experience of idigbo as a tone wood, for necks or bodies or both?

I've acquired some off cuts from the local wood yard and shaped up a 12 segment 3 tiered block rim for a resonator banjo build. First impressions are it seems to be alright. Looks nice, not a vast amount of character but a pretty neat looking rim. It feels ok; seems a touch denser than my previous mahogany rims but not as hard as maple. I'm planning on using it to build a resonator with a block rim and pie wedge top. Will pop up some photos tomorrow.

Thinking I might play it safe and stick with good old maple for the neck, perhaps with an idigbo centre stripe for aesthetics sake.

Any thoughts or suggestions?


Dec 6, 2018 - 3:00:07 PM
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Dec 6, 2018 - 5:24:51 PM
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4853 posts since 8/19/2012

I have never heard of idigbo so looked it up. Seems to be pretty soft with a janka of 850. It is also listed as an irritant which means that bare wood could cause some skin irritation or other issues if dust is inhaled.
Hard maple has a janka of 1450 which is not that hard compared to some other tone woods.

Dec 7, 2018 - 12:49:38 AM

6 posts since 12/5/2018

Thanks, that's a useful site. Will play it safe and stick with maple for the other parts I think. If it sounds terrible I can whip off the hardware and turn a new rim!


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