Guild 12 string necks

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To sum up some things from a recent thread, early F-512s had a padouk neck with maple center strip, later changing to mahogany and maple. 1990-92 saw some rosewood 12ers with a maple neck and mahogany center, like those found on older F-412s and JF-65 12s. My 1990 F-512 is one of these. In the picture you can see some figure trying to peek out from underneath the stain and the darker center is visible as well. It's like this the whole length of the neck.



Here's a view of the TRC cavity:



My 1978 G-312 also has a dark stained neck but the centerpiece is lighter.



And the TRC cavity:



So that one is mahogany with maple.

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Very interesting. Is maple not considerably harder/stiffer than mahogany and therefore less prone to bending or breaking? Why is it not used more often for necks?

Also, the tuners on the 1978 look like Guild-branded Schaller - was that common in those days?
 

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Afraid I don't have answers to your questions, Merlin. Wish I did. After a half-century of playing Guild 12 strings I'm still learning about them.
 
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Very interesting. Is maple not considerably harder/stiffer than mahogany and therefore less prone to bending or breaking? Why is it not used more often for necks?

Also, the tuners on the 1978 look like Guild-branded Schaller - was that common in those days?
I think maple makes a great neck, merlin, but I believe it is kind of heavy. At least a thick block of it like a neck is.

And those are the same tuners that I have on my '78 too.
 
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