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Wenge Necks anyone????

ScottySevins

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Im currently acquiring parts for a build right now. Was thinking of going with a wenge neck with ebony board. Anyone have a wenge neck if so how do you like them. Post some pics. I love the darkness to the wood and the roughish finish.
 

dspellman

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Friend of mine has a wenge neck on one of his guitars (and another on one of his basses). He's sitting across the table from me at this very mo, so I asked. He just did the shoulder shrug and "whatever.." thing. His do NOT have a "roughish finish."

Check out http://www.acguitars.co.uk/ and contact Alan to find some of his build threads (some are hugemongous and he builds some stunning basses) -- he uses Wenge often in his builds. I don't recall him doing a wenge neck, but he almost certainly has.
 

PB Wilson

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The enormous pores if left unfilled can give a "textured" feel. Not exactly what I'd call rough, but not smooth as a finely sanded maple neck. I understand what the OP means.

It's dense and reasonably heavy and used a lot by bass players since they aren't as mired in tradition as many guitarists.

I'd love to use it one day on a guitar. I love the look and it rings like a bell when struck. Nicely resonant stuff.
 

superrock

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i have an old schecter tele one piece wenge neck i am planning a build around. haven't heard it yet, but damn it feels nice! i hear it is like rosewood...


funny. i was gonna start a thread too! ;)
 

mrpinter

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I don't have an all wenge neck, but I have one with a wenge fingerboard. I like it a lot:



 

mrpinter

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Note attack seems about neutral, or if anything a little on the bright side. That may be partly just because it's a tele, with tele pickups - though I have a Broadcaster in the bridge that tames it a bit. Snappy? Yes, pretty much.
 

yspokes

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I don't know about guitars, but I've had several MTD 535 basses with wenge necks and boards. It feels great, but more importantly, on a bass, it has a very distinctive "growl" to it, and the lower notes just jump off of it. It is a very dense wood. I would be interested to hear your impressions when the build is done.
 

Aran

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I've played on a few and think they're about the slickest feeling necks this side of Jeff Beck's talcum-powered fretwork. ;)

I like them myself. It's a nice oily wood you don't need to ever finish and looks like chocolate.
 

ScottySevins

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Wow thanks for all the input guys I really appreciate it. I am def gonna buy it for sure for the build. Either way it won't sound like every other neck out there. My tone is a little darker to begin with so I am excited to trya put a nice growl in the ass end.
 

Stinky Kitty

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The courseness of wenge is what makes it feel waxy and fast. I love it as an exotic wood neck. Sharp attack with a honking mid.
 
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I had a strat parts-caster that had a Wenge neck with Pau Ferro fingerboard. The profile was just too fat for me so I never bonded with it, but it felt and looked beautiful. Tonally I felt it took me too far away from what I wanted out of a strat but it was paired with a Korina body so it's hardly the neck's fault. The same guitar was much more traditional sounding once it had a maple/maple neck bolted on.
 






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