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help with tom anderson neck

echo44

Member
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283
Hi
I am buying a drop top TA guitar
with maple top on a mahogany body.
just have a neck question
any thought about an all rosewood neck
vs a maple neck with a rosewood fretboard?
Anyone have personal experience?
 

uptheoctave

Member
Messages
1,306
All rosewood is usually a darker tone than rosewood on maple.

Also a rosewood neck will not have any finish applied to it.
Some people like the feel of raw wood- some don't.
 

pipedwho

Member
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1,687
Tom's all-rosewood necks are finished with poly on the back and headstock area. Only the fretboard is left unfinished. The feel of those necks is as good as a maple neck.

Tone is definitely a little darker.

What sort of tones are you after with this guitar?
 

Pietro

2-Voice Guitar Junkie and All-Around Awesome Guy
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16,440
You should join the Anderson forum, definitely.

Also, call the shop. They would LOVE to guide you on this.
 

geoangus

Silver Supporting Member
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2,959
You should join the Anderson forum, definitely.

Also, call the shop. They would LOVE to guide you on this.

+1 - I haven't been on it much lately, but they are truly a helpful bunch on the forum.
 

uptheoctave

Member
Messages
1,306
Tom's all-rosewood necks are finished with poly on the back and headstock area. Only the fretboard is left unfinished. The feel of those necks is as good as a maple neck.

Tone is definitely a little darker.

What sort of tones are you after with this guitar?
Ah, good to know.
Thanks for the correction.
 

echo44

Member
Messages
283
thanks,
my debate is i totally love the feel of rosewood neck
love the look but slightly concerned the tone may to dark
especially with a mahogany body,
thanks for the tip to check the ta forum
 

rawkguitarist

Member
Messages
11,073
thanks,
my debate is i totally love the feel of rosewood neck
love the look but slightly concerned the tone may to dark
especially with a mahogany body,
thanks for the tip to check the ta forum
I have a PRS McCarty Rosewood. Different guitar, but still same wood choices as you're talking about. With lower wound pickups, it's plenty bright. What pickup complement were you considering?

Compared to maple, you may have a slightly darker tone. But remember, rosewood is a fairly dense/heavy wood. IMO, the solid rosewood neck offers a unique vibe and I think you'll have plenty of clarity. This is coming from someone who considers inherent high end/clarity in a guitar one of the most important tonal characteristics. My experience is that if the high end isn't present in the guitar chassis already, then trying to boost it with EQ on your pedals/amps sounds bad. I went through it with my first PRS (hog neck, hog body, maple cap).

highend
 

DaveK

Member
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483
I have a Cobra that's a solid RW neck, short scale, maple on mahogany, and absolutely love it. Not dark at all,plenty of sparkle in the highs, very tight and punchy low end. Call and talk to Roy is your best bet.
 

Eric Pykala

Member
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1,005
I too have a Cobra S with an all-RW neck, maple top. Even with the shorter scale this thing has lots of top. I also have a Musicman Albert Lee with a solid RW neck, and that one has enough top to kill small animals. What the RW does bring to the party is some extra sustain and a push in the low-mids.
Just love 'em...
 

dannopelli

Member
Messages
588
No luck on the Anderson forum it doesn't
allow you to register bummer.
You can join. There are filters preventing people with emails from certain providers from joining. Send an email to or call Jack Gretz at Northeast Music Center. He owns the forum. He'll walk you through what you need to do. Or just get an AOL email account that you use to join the forum. Guarantee once you are a member folks will pipe in.
 




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