maple flamed

Flamed and Quilted Maple are not actually species, but are simply description of a figure in the maple grain, wich occours when the tree is constantly compressed in one direction (flamed) or randomly (quilted). The flames are more pronounced on quarter sawn cuts, while the quilted is more likely to be seen on flat sawns. Therefore flamed maple is very good for necks and fretboards, due to its stiffness and stability, and along with quilted maple on tops and bodies thanks to their very nice figuring. The wood is hard, reasonably heavy and with tight grain ; pretty much neutral on all the frequencies, with a tendency to accentuate the highs.