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Roasted Maple

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Other than sounding really delicious, like some kind of candy that nobody ever told you about, apparently EBMM and Sadowski are offering "roasted maple" necks on some guitars these days.

First, I want to know where the hell they're getting the lumber. I suspect the same source for both builders, and I wonder if little custom shops can get theirs hands on it.

Second, wonder if anyone thinks this is bullshit. I'm vaguely familiar with the microstructure of wood :)miniwang:) but I don't know if oxidizing all the internal sugars, etc., would really result in the properties they're claiming.

I consider this to be analogous to sintering ceramics, where you basically bake out voids and moisture from a green ceramic product to increase mechanical properties and density.

Also, why does EBMM not offer the wood on Floyd Rose-equipped guitars? Is the wood too brittle to handle the locking nut, perhaps resulting in cracking over time with whammy abuse? If so, why aren't the tuners affected, or are they to a lesser degree?

Either way, I must admit it's pretty.
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Yeah, i think the fact that the wood ends up being SUPER dry means that it can be a bit more brittle. Not surprising, really. It just means that builders need to be extra-careful about drilling proper pilot holes for everything.
Chemical Engineering Fail. They could absolutely replace the lost moisture with an oil (that can survive the high temps in the oven).
Oh yeah, I'll get right on it :lol:
How would the sugars oxidize in an environment devoid of oxygen? :wub:
:squint: I suppose... :lol:

I understand that they're making the neck more rigid, but as Darren pointed out, it's also going to be more brittle. I think the cure is worse than the problem, IMO.
They could purge the autoclave with Argon.

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Get a bigger pump! :lol:
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Well, you'de still have your vacuum, it'd just be a mostly argon space to keep things quiet :lol:

You'd have to do some DiffEQ to figure out the gas flow sccm's to keep things non-conbustable.

Observation: we're talking process controls and engineering here. Where are the tone snobs? :lol:
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