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Old 03-02-2008, 04:36 PM
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Question What does "NATO" mean in regards to a guitar neck

I've saw some cheaper guitars with NATO necks, backs sides?

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Old 03-02-2008, 04:52 PM
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You could just put "nato wood" into any search engine and see what you find. (Sorry, I would normally answer the question but it's not hard to track this one down at all.)

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Old 03-02-2008, 05:42 PM
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Wink Maybe other folks will or have the same question and it would benefit the group

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You could just put "nato wood" into any search engine and see what you find. (Sorry, I would normally answer the question but it's not hard to track this one down at all.)

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Its not all just about me. I benefit from others posts all the time, ALL the time. Thats what a forum like this is about-right or wrong?

Maybe someone else will come along and answer for the benefit of the group.

thanks for your time and effort anyway Richard
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Old 03-02-2008, 05:49 PM
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From the internets:

Nato - Nato wood, also known as Eastern Mahogany, is a reliable, strong wood used on guitar necks. It is a value-priced wood used more for beginner instruments. However, it still embodies all of the properties of more commonly used mahogany

Now like Daryl I'm curious what this means. Is it more prone to warping, does have a less rich sound than mahogony? Are there some fairly common guitars that use this wood?
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I have a thirty-four year old guitar with a NATO neck that is absolutely stable. It's not as pretty as mahogany, but it is plenty stable. The coloration reminds me of Spanish cedar.

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Old 03-02-2008, 06:08 PM
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Thumbs up The old Yamaha Nylon I just reconditioned has the NATO neck

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I have a thirty-four year old guitar with a NATO neck that is absolutely stable. It's not as pretty as mahogany, but it is plenty stable. The coloration reminds me of Spanish cedar.

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And I tell you, it plays great. This is a cheap Yamaha built between 1960 something and 1970 something. It looks to have an aged spruce top, and by records agithis sides/back(I may have spelled that wrong). It plays nice, stays in tune, is fun. It spent the past 12 years in a barn loft in its case. Needless to say it was dirty and had an ugly smell, but its come out of it shiny and neat. I'll post some pictures soon.

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You could just put "nato wood" into any search engine and see what you find. (Sorry, I would normally answer the question but it's not hard to track this one down at all.)

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Exactly the kind of comment that is starting to make this forum such a drag...why else do you think it is here??
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Exactly the kind of comment that is starting to make this forum such a drag...why else do you think it is here??
are you talking about the search mode or the forum itself ?????????????
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The forum itself...that type of elite rudeness is getting out of hand.

Keep in mind that fora are not static...different people contribute/visit at different times...so things said in the past are not always the best information.
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The forum itself...that type of elite rudeness is getting out of hand.

Keep in mind that fora are not static...different people contribute/visit at different times...so things said in the past are not always the best information.
So true. Why even bother taking the time to post if all you're gonna do is give a long winded refusal to help someone..
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So true. Why even bother taking the time to post if all you're gonna do is give a long winded refusal to help someone..
Well, I'd normally tell you, but . . .




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I just bought a beginner uke made out of all nato wood...seems pretty stable to me thus far. I once read that it was quite similar to mahogany.
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Hello all.

There is a wood called Nyatoh. When I lived in Indonesia I remembered something about this type of wood. Though not spelled "NATO," perhaps it is close enough.

Here is a link to a site about this type of wood in the furniture building context: http://www.teak-outdoor.com/about_nyatoh_wood.htm

I hope that this little bit might shed some light. I didn't wan't to contribute unless I can "add" to the discussion.

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Takamine uses Nato Wood in some of their line of guitars....
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Just when I start thinking I know about all the woods i find a thread like this... I love this forum!
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