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Dec 6, 2018 - 2:33:59 PM
4 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?

Thanks!
Will

Dec 6, 2018 - 3:00:07 PM
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Dec 6, 2018 - 5:24:51 PM
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wizofos

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4724 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.

https://www.wood-database.com/idigbo/

Dec 7, 2018 - 12:49:38 AM

4 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!

Cheers,
Will.

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