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#1 posted 02-04-2013 09:09 PM

First off, “toasted” is a method that some guitar builders are starting to do to their necks, especially maple necks. Toasting is an oven process where the wood is stabilized with high and dry heat. It actually “toasts” the wood, hence the term “toasted”. It is so hot, the wood darkens. Paul Reed Smith, the third largest builder in this country is using it a lot. The wood comes out as you describe, hard, brittle, not receptive to much of anything. But for a guitar neck already shaped, this is ideal, as it hardens the wood and allows the wood to better support the strong pull of the strings with the help of the truss rod inside. Also, over time, temp and humidity, much less movement.
This is the first time I have seen it applied to plank wood, but I guess it makes sense if you don’t want anything to move.
The big thing with toasted wood is it becomes really hard to stain it, since the wood has been pretty much hardened and tight. I think you might get away with a decent oil stain on the lighter wood, or a gel stain as suggested above.
One thing, you should not have to worry about movement of the the toasted wood.

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