What's the difference between hard rock maple and regular maple necks?

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  1. Zero G

    Zero G Member

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    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?
     
  2. Sikor

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    It's much better for hard rock playing! :D

    Sorry, I couldn't resist :hide2
     
  3. Drowned Rabbit

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    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.
     
  4. Big Harry

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    Why don't you ask Tom Anderson directly on his site?
    He is one of the nicest (if not the nicest) guy in industry .
     
  5. pcovers

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    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.
     
  6. K-Line

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    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!
     
  7. antojado

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    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.
     

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