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Wenge an Available Wood?

Postby 5StringPocket » Wed Jun 12, 2019 11:22 am

I don't see it on the web site but I would love a 3-piece maple neck with wenge center strip and fingerboard.

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Re: Wenge an Available Wood?

Postby spudmunkey » Wed Jun 12, 2019 11:32 am

5StringPocket wrote:I don't see it on the web site but I would love a 3-piece maple neck with wenge center strip and fingerboard.


They don't like working with wenge for necks, for sure. They've done one when a customer supplied the wood (I believe it was a then-named DC7X), but they may or may not do it again. They've done a couple wenge tops, but again, it's not a wood that they offer as a normal option. Worth calling them, though, when you are ready to order (as things can change day-to-day).

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Re: Wenge an Available Wood?

Postby HarlowTheFish » Wed Jun 12, 2019 3:16 pm

Jeff's said before that he doesn't really like working with it because it's hard on tools and stuff, but said he preferred Walnut in most applications.

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Re: Wenge an Available Wood?

Postby spudmunkey » Wed Jun 12, 2019 3:23 pm

A few previous examples. I know some people say Wenge is great because it doesn't need a finish, but the few times that Carvin/kiesel did it, it was indeed finished.
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Re: Wenge an Available Wood?

Postby 5StringPocket » Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:33 pm

Those are some fine examples of wenge. Walnut is good for tops and neck laminations but too soft for a fingerboard. Wenge is harder and more dense. My wants are much simpler and easier - just a fingerboard and neck laminations. I could see how just cutting one oversized wenge fingerboard piece could also yield two stringers for a 5-piece maple/wenge neck. Basic rectangular shapes with no fancy contours and a minimum number of cuts. The wenge fingerboard and a pair of neck stringers make the letter PI which looks good. I have a bass with a neck like this and think it would be excellent on a ZBM5.

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Re: Wenge an Available Wood?

Postby HarlowTheFish » Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:54 pm

5StringPocket wrote:Those are some fine examples of wenge. Walnut is good for tops and neck laminations but too soft for a fingerboard. Wenge is harder and more dense. My wants are much simpler and easier - just a fingerboard and neck laminations. I could see how just cutting one oversized wenge fingerboard piece could also yield two stringers for a 5-piece maple/wenge neck. Basic rectangular shapes with no fancy contours and a minimum number of cuts. The wenge fingerboard and a pair of neck stringers make the letter PI which looks good. I have a bass with a neck like this and think it would be excellent on a ZBM5.

If you're cutting by hand yes, but I'd say most of their woodwork in the shop is by CNC, which doesn't leave a lot of spare wood and has a really hard time with the Wenge grain and density killing bits. Not a big deal in a small shop, but at the size of an operation that Kiesel is then the extra maintenance adds downtime really fast.


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