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02-18-2015, 01:43 PM
Whats your prefered neck and tail block material.

Is koa okay to use for that application?

Beau Hannam Ukuleles
02-18-2015, 01:46 PM
ive used ply, mahogany, spanish cedar.- whatever i grab. Ive seen some guitar makers use spruce. Ive not seen koa used.

Ply is a smart option if your going to use a pickup, which required a 1/2" hole

02-18-2015, 05:57 PM
I use ply for the tail block always, because you never know if someone want's to add a pickup now, or down the track.

Neck blocks are whatever the neck is made from in the Spanish building style. Either Mahogany or Spanish Cedar in my case.

02-18-2015, 09:54 PM
Baltic Birch ply (from Plywood Hawaii, 5x5 sheets) is good stuff. Most of my jigs are made with it (except ones that I was too lazy to redo). After my stint (still going on actually) with building cabs, one day all these guys building car subs with MDF may realize they're using the wrong material.

Note: there is a HUGE difference between Home Depot Birch ply, and Baltic Birch. No voids, machines almost like a hardwood, extremely stable.

02-19-2015, 07:06 AM
I use off-cuts from my neck blanks...mahogany or spanish cedar.
I don't see any problem with using Koa except the price. If I had a couple short cut-offs laying around, I'd use it, but I wouldn't cut into a board for end blocks