Today I was given a good amount of mahogany decking leftovers from a friend. I should be able to get three necks blanks out of each piece. Stupid question. I know mahogany is used for back and sides but not sure if it makes a good neck? Any thoughts on this? Thanks so much for all the answers I know I will get.
I too was given some mahogany flooring by a friend left over from a job. It makes wonderful necks. I usually try to make sure the grain direction is vertical to avoid warping. To do this I usually make a 2 or 3 piece neck by cutting the flooring about 7/8" and gluing the pieces together. About 6 necks made from this material and still enough for several more.
Mahogany is perfect for a neck. But even with only 3 or 4 strings, I would suggest adding a truss rod. Especially if you go with a full scale length neck (frets at 24.75" to 25.5" scale perhaps).
Or, as Jim mentioned, a vertical lamination of a few strips of mahogany with maybe, a pair of off setting dark hardwoods like walnut or oak for strength and a nice appearance.
Thanks to all for the advice. I am going to try a few different things with the mahogany, including laminating it, possibly striped with hard maple for a striped look. I think it would look good against the darker wood. I have sevnen pieces of 5/4 x 6, each about 4 ft long. I have plenty to play with.
Thanks again to all, Jeff