Estimated dimensions for the archtop guitar neck (700x100x25 mm)


Archtop guitar necks have been traditionally made from hard curly maple. This is a very tough wood, and is preferred for this application due to the high tension. However, other woods are used for necks, such as mahogany, which is much more stable wood. It is less stiff than hard maple, but this problem can be fixed with a slightly greater tension in the truss rod nut. Archtop guitar necks normally must have some internal reinforcement.

In Maderas Barber we can offer you different woods for the neck, such us Maple, Honduras Cedar, Mahogany , Sycamore or Padouk.



  • Curly Maple

    Without any doubt, Maple is the best wood for the building of Archtop Guitars, especially for the Neck, for its density and hardness. Uniform grain, strong and stable. Hard and strong wood with a beauty and mellow tone. The Archtops with maple necks have a clearer sound.

    Discover our curly maple Archtop guitar necks, a beautiful and stunning visually wood.

    BOTANIC NAME: Acer pseudoplatanus.

    COMMON NAMES: Curly maple, Flamed maple.

    ORIGIN: Center and East Europe

    DESCRIPTION:   Density 610-680 kg/m3. White or light yellow wood colour. There is no distinction between the sapwood and the heartwood. The growth of the wood fibres is distorted in an undulating pattern producing wavy lines know as flames. Beautiful appearance.

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Machinery can be difficult. Suitable for steam bending. Easy gluing and finishing. Resistant to fungi but susceptible to termites. Stains easily. It is recommended not to store it in humid places.

    DRYING: We recommend drying it at low temperatures to avoid spots and colour alterations. If drying process is fast wood will keep white colour.

    USES: Electric Bass and Electric Guitar. Classic and Acoustic Guitar. Violin , Viola, Cello and Double Bass.

  • Honduras Cedar (CITES)

    Honduras cedar is one of the most used woods for the guitar neck construction, in our case for the Archtop guitar. It is a strong wood and not very heavy. Good tonal qualities. It has a distinct and lingering fragrance.

    Discover Honduras cedar necks for Archtop guitar in Maderas Barber and fall in love with this characteristic wood.

    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 is very dense and stable. It’s easy to work with, sands easily. Mahogany has a great clarity of tone. Mahogany necks are solid and seem to have a slightly more mellow-full sound and a sweetness to the tone.

    Maderas Barber Mahogany necks for Archtop guitar are a good option.

    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.

  • Padouk

    Padouk is morphologically similar to Mahogany, but it is less porous. Padouk is ideal for construction of necks, it is very stable. Sound is similar to maple and Mahogany but a little warmer due to the high oil content. Finishes well, easy to work with.

    Get your Padouk neck for Archtop guitar to make a fancy guitar.


    BOTANIC NAME: Pterocarpus Tinctorius

    COMMON NAMES: Padouk, Padouk, Camwood.

    ORIGIN: Gabon

    DESCRIPTION: Density 825 kg/m3. Heartwood colour can vary, ranging from a pale pinkish orange to a deep brownish red. Most pieces tend to start reddish orange when freshly cut, darkening substantially over time to a reddish/purplish brown. Grain is usually straight, but can sometimes be interlocked. With a coarse, open texture and good natural luster. 

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Overall Padouk is easy to work; tear out may also occur during planning on quarter sawn or interlocked grain. Padouk turns, glues, and finishes well. It is advised to apply a porous cover before using the products to finish the instrument.

    DRYING: Drying speed varies from quick to normal. There is not much risk of deformation during the drying process.

    USES: Guitar backs and sides. Xylophones.

  • Santos Rosewood

    Santos Rosewood is a very dense, hard, compact and, most of all, long lasting wood. About its appearance, this tonewood has a great beauty thanks to its different color tonalities which goes from very dark brown to purple and yellow. And the results are incredible contrasts of colors.

    Its acoustic properties are very similar to Indian Rosewood, but Santos Rosewood has a warmer and a more brilliant sound. Santos Rosewood also has a percussive touch and a high sustain: the perfect combination between Ebony and Indian Rosewood.

    BOTANIC NAME: Machaerium scleroxylon.

    COMMON NAMES: Pau Ferro, Morado, Bolivian Rosewood, Santos Rosewood.

    ORIGIN: Brazil.

    DESCRIPTION: Density 940 kg/m3. Colour can be highly varied, ranging from reddish/orange to a dark violet/brown, usually with contrasting darker black streaks. Narrow sapwood is a pale yellow and is clearly demarcated from the heartwood. Grain is typically straight, though sometimes slightly irregular or interlocked. Fine, even texture and a naturally high luster.

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Pau Ferro is considered overall to be of fair workability, as it can blunt the cutting edges of tools, and any irregular grain has a tendency to tear out during machining operations. Also, many of the same challenges in gluing rosewoods are common to Pau Ferro as well. Pau Ferro turns and finishes well. Can cause eye and skin irritation.

    DRYING: Dries slowly. No risk of deformation but it can crack.

    USES: Guitar tops, backs, fingerboards , headplates and bridges. Wind instruments.

  • African Mahogany

    It is ideal for the Archtop guitar neck construction. It is similar to the American Mahogany, however it has a few differences as it is easier to work with and it is less expensive. African Mahogany is much denser, heavier, and has a warm tone. It sands easily and accepts stains and finish. Without any doubt it is a good option for Archtop neck guitars.

    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.

  • Sycamore

    Sycamore wood is ideal for the Archtop guitar neck for its density, bright sound and stiffness. Aesthetically harmonious, uniform grain, strong and stable.

    Sycamore is perfect if you are looking for an elegant instrument and musical high-pitched sound. Check our Sycamore necks at Maderas Barber for you Archtop guitars.

    BOTANIC NAME: Acer pseudoplatanus.

    COMMON NAMES: Sycamore, Maple.

    ORIGIN: Central Europe, Eastern Asia.

    DESCRIPTION: Density 640 kg/m3. Sapwood colour ranges from almost white, to a light golden or reddish brown, while the heartwood is a darker reddish brown. Grain is generally straight, but may be wavy. Has a fine, even texture.

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Fairly easy to work with both hand and machine tools, though it has a tendency to burn when being machined with high-speed cutters such as in a router. Turns, glues, and finishes well, though blotches can occur when staining, and a pre-conditioner, gel stain, or toner may be necessary to get an even colour.

    DRYING: Allow air dry but can cause spots and colour alterations. It is important to dry it quickly to keep the white colour.

    USES: Guitar , backs and sides, bindings and fingerboards.