Roasted Maple


New member
I am thinking of trying a roasted maple jbass thin taper neck (rosewood fretboard) and am a little afraid based on some stories of headstocks splitting and such. I would be putting vintage schaller BMF tuners on it with the push in bushings and also a string tree. I have read about the oversizing of pilot holes from what is generally considered standard for maple wood, but Im still concerned. I have done 3 other necks before with all the drilling so not a total noob. Is it really that hard to succeed with roasted maple and vintage style tuners and string tree?


Senior member
If you are concerned perhaps a different strategy of using regular maple with vintage type parts and roasted maple with non vintage parts requiring less drilling may be worth considering.