The neck of a classic guitar has to be resistance, stable and with a low density. These proprieties have always been related to Honduras Cedar. But in Maderas Barber, we always listen to luthier’s needs and we are aware of the use of other tonewoods in classic guitar necks.

To those who prefer to build their own neck, we offer raw wood for necks, in Okume or Mahogany, apart from Honduras Cedar. Make them your own and unique classic guitar neck!



  • Honduras Cedar (CITES)

    Honduras Cedar is one of the best tonewoods in order to build classic guitar necks. The main reason is that it is a light and strong wood at the same time, with a great resistance to environmental changes. In addition, Honduras Cedar has a very resounding tone and a wonderful smell when you are working with it.

    Check the high quality of this treasured Honduras Cedar necks for classic guitar in Maderas Barber.

    BOTANIC NAME: Cedrela odorata.

    COMMON NAMES : Honduras Cedar, Spanish Cedar.

    ORIGIN: Brazil.

    DESCRIPTION:   Density 450-600 Kg/m3.  Heartwood is a relatively uniform  light pinkish to reddish brown; colours tend to darken with age. Random pockets of gum and natural oils are commonly present. Grain patterning and figure tends to be somewhat bland. Grain is straight or shallowly interlocked. Medium texture .

    Has a distinct, lingering, cedar-like scent. Cedar wood dust has been reported as a respiratory irritant.

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Cedar is easy to work with both hand and machine tools. However, due to its low density and softness, it tends to leave fuzzy surfaces if not machined with sharp cutters; extra sanding up to finer grits may be required to obtain a smooth wood surface.

    Natural gum pockets can remain wet and may ooze out onto the surrounding surface, which can clog and gum up saw blades.

    DRYING: Dries fast. It must be dry at low temperatures.

    USES:  Guitar backs and sides. Necks, heels and reinforcement. Electric guitar body, electric bass body .

  • Mahogany (CITES)

    Mahogany has a uniform density, it’s easy to work with and presents a great response to the sound. The result of all these proprieties is a solid Mahogany neck with a lot of advantages for your classic guitar.

    Regarding to the sound, this Mahogany neck absorbs the string vibration and compress the high tones. The result is warm tones with tendency to mid and low tones.

    Find the balance of these Mahogany necks for classic guitar in Maderas Barber and discover how the results can be excellent.

    BOTANIC NAME: Swietenia macrophylla.

    COMMON NAMES : Mahogany. American mahogany.

    ORIGIN: Brazil.

    DESCRIPTION:   Density 490-530Kg/m3.  Heartwood colour can vary from a pale pinkish brown, to a darker reddish brown. Colour tends to darken with age. Grain can be straight, interlocked, irregular or wavy. Texture is medium and uniform.

    RECOMMENDATIONS: It is easy to work with tools, machines well. Sands very easily. Turns, glues, stains and finishes well.  Can cause skin irritations.

    DRYING: Drying process is fast. Wood can become deformed or crack.

    USES:  Guitar backs and sides. Necks, Heels, Bindings. Electric guitar body and body tops, electric bass body and body tops.

  • Okume

    Okume wood is more known in plywood products, but it’s increasingly being more used by luthiers because it is a wood with a great sound projection.

    Its proprieties are huge: it’s balanced, light, very stable and strong, but malleable. What will also surprise you about this wood is that it is very pleasant to touch and it has a different appearance with a satin finish.

    Discover Okume wood in Maderas Barber and take advantage of its properties building a different and unique neck for your classic guitar.

    BOTANIC NAME: Aucomea Klaineana

    COMMON NAMES: OKume, Okoume, Gabon.

    ORIGIN: Central Africa.

    DESCRIPTION:   Density 450 kg/m3. Heartwood ranges from a pale pink to light brown. Colour darkens with age. Narrow heartwood is greyish white, not clearly demarcated from heartwood. Grain is straight to wavy or slightly interlocked. Texture is medium, with good natural luster.

    RECOMMENDATIONS: High silica content has a pronounced blunting effect on cutters. Planning and shaping may produce tear out or fuzzy surfaces. Glues and finishes well. Rated as non-durable, poor insect resistance.

    DRYING: Fast drying. Low risk of deformation.

    USES: Veneer, plywood, boatbuilding, furniture, interior millwork musical instruments.

  • African Mahogany

    African Mahogany and South American Mahogany are very similar, and both of them are perfect in the construction of classic guitar necks. The most important difference is that nowadays, African Mahogany has more availability worldwide. Common Mahogany is more difficult to obtain due to the legal restrictions, so African Mahogany has become its best alternative.

    Also, African Mahogany is darker and easier to work with than common Mahogany, without forget that it is also less expensive.

    Without any doubt, this wood is suitable for this part of the instrument since it has a uniform density and a warm tonality. Don’t miss the acoustic and physical proprieties of African Mahogany necks for your classic guitar of Maderas Barber.

    BOTANIC NAME: Khaya ivorensis.

    COMMON NAMES: Khaya, African mahogany.

    ORIGIN: Cameroun.

    DESCRIPTION: Density 490-530 kg/m3. Heartwood colour is variable, ranging from a very pale pink to a deeper reddish brown, sometimes with streaks of medium to dark reddish brown. colour tends to darken with age. Grain is straight to interlocked, with a medium to coarse texture. Good natural luster.

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Easy to work, glue, and finish. Tear out can sometimes be a problem if the grain is interlocked. Can cause eye and skin irritations.

    DRYING: Fast drying. Risk of deformation and cracks.

    USES: Guitar necks and heels, backs and sides, bindings, bodies for electric and bass guitars.