Canadian rock maple (Acer Saccharum) - Ruokangas Guitars

Rock maple

Canadian rock maple (Acer Saccharum) is the iconic material of bolt-on electric guitar necks since 1940’s. There are good reasons why it is so, and since the availability of great quality rock maple from sustainable sources is good, I see no reason to replace it with something else. Don’t fix what ain’t broken, as they say.

Rock maple – often called ‘hard maple’ or ‘sugar maple’ – is stable and very strong tonewood that suits ideally to be used for bolt-on electric guitar necks. We offer maple also for fretboards, adding brilliance and clarity to the overall tone. One important detail often overlooked is that the threads of wood screws hold in maple extremely well, and the surface hardness of maple suits especially well for bolt-on construction, making the joint stable when the pocket is tight. It just works.


But even if maple would be good to go as it is, we have our maple thermally aged before turning it into guitars. This ingenious method improves the stability and rigidity of the wood – in other words, it makes this good stuff even better. There is a separate article about thermally aged tonewood for those of you who want to learn more about it.

Our maple is hand selected, straight grained, stable and reliable. We use mostly plain maple, but occasionally we might have some gently flamed pieces available as well, so feel free to ask for availability. I don’t offer stronger flamed or birdseye figured maple, since those are not in my experience suitable to be used as neck wood for stability reasons.

Rock Maple is not listed on CITES and the use of it does not require certification of any kind.