hi all, simple question actually. wondering why the neck of the selmer guitars was made out of walnut (juglans regia). i guess it was a "wood of opportunity", being cheap and easily available, but still i wonder... in my country walnut (and poplar) are the woods of choice for low-budget student and popular string instruments and aren´t considered premium in any way.
i suppose that in the 30s, mahogany (switenia spp.) should already be the wood of choice for the neck. mahogany is lighter than walnut, but is structurally very stable and easy to work, as you all may know. since the selmer corp. had to import braz rosewood from roughly the same region, the logistics could be simplified when importing both woods. and by that time mahogany wasn´t scarce in any way...
and what about now? are there any reason for the selmer replicas to be made with walnut necks, rather than that of historical faithfulness? or, to put it differently, does the walnut neck impart any specificities to the overall "selmer sound"?
thanks in advance,