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May 11, 2021 - 11:49:06 AM
39 posts since 4/13/2004

I have a beautiful huge piece of slab cut granadillo 20" wide X 1 1/4" thick that I would like to make some banjo necks from. If I multi laminate the slabs together (maybe with a decorative center piece of wood), do you think this could work as a stable banjo neck? I realize quartersawn is preferred, but this stuff is beautiful tonewood, so if anyone has experience with how stable granadillo wood is, I sure would like some advise.

May 11, 2021 - 1:07:53 PM

11414 posts since 10/27/2006

Granadillo and grenadillo are names used for more than one wood. Some are true rosewoods; others are not. Selling what you've made may be difficult if you don't know the species, age and origin of this wood that you've found.

If weight is not an issue, no reason you can't make stable necks from laminates and even use a slab for a fretboard. Again, the exact nature of the wood may affect what glues you use.

If you have a couple of blocks large enough to make a pair of claves, PM me and let's talk.

Edited by - mikehalloran on 05/11/2021 13:10:42

May 12, 2021 - 5:03:54 AM

13592 posts since 6/29/2005

At 20" wide, your board is certainly big enough to be made into laminated necks—as long as you make the neck halves symmetrically opposed, you shouldn't have any stability problems.

My concern would be the extreme density of that wood. Old Paramounts and other banjos with rosewood necks have a particular sound, and in my experience heavier necks have a bit more sustain. Maybe with a dense wood like that you might want to use lighter carbon fiber as a reinforcement.

Edited by - Ken LeVan on 05/12/2021 05:04:52

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