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Attention then turns to the other end of the neck, the heel and Spanish foot, which are carved by hand using ultra-sharp chisels, then smoothed with cabinet scrapers and sandpaper.  It’s quick and fun for softer woods like Mahogany and Spanish Cedar, but is slow hard work for hardwoods like Koa, ‘Ohi’a, Pink Ivory and the Rosewoods.  But hardwoods allow for a much thinner neck, which leads to significantly “faster” playing!

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