View Full Version : What's the difference between hard rock maple and regular maple necks?

Zero G
08-12-2010, 11:23 PM
On the spec sheet of my new Anderson Classic, it says the neck wood is hard rock maple. Anyone know what "hard rock" maple is as opposed to just maple?

08-13-2010, 01:58 AM
It's much better for hard rock playing! :D

Sorry, I couldn't resist :hide2

Drowned Rabbit
08-13-2010, 02:05 AM
I believe it has to do with where the tree was harvested. I seem to remember that Hard Rock Maple means it comes from the U.S. I could be totally wrong though.

Big Harry
08-13-2010, 03:37 AM
Why don't you ask Tom Anderson directly on his site?
He is one of the nicest (if not the nicest) guy in industry .

08-13-2010, 05:11 AM

The American species are actually divided into two groups:
hard and soft. Sugar maple (or rock maple:acer saccharum) is the
most common hard maple, the most commercially important and the
most abundant type found in the U.S.

08-13-2010, 06:00 AM
Hard Rock maple just means it is not the soft species. There are many. The Mapke I use for my necks comes from canada. Nice maple for sure. I get a jug of syrup with it as well! I built a T out of the stuff years agao with P90's, wow!

08-14-2010, 04:34 AM
I built a rocking chair for my mom out of hard rock maple (pun not intended), and it is indeed hard. I sanded it down to a semi-gloss shine before I even applied any finish. Dulls the tools.