29 Guitars With Roasted Maple Necks – Plus Our Favorites

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If you think that roasted maple neck gives the guitar a really classy look, we are in the same boat. It is a little bit more expensive, but to me, it’s well worth it.

A roasted maple neck is also referred to as:

  • Baked maple
  • Caramelized maple
  • Torrified maple

Because a roasted maple neck looks so good on almost every guitar, I was happy to put together this article that lists the top-notch guitars with roasted maple necks, many of which I have played myself. I also reveal my top 3 favorite guitars with roasted maple necks for different situations. If you have any questions, check the FAQ section or just leave a comment.

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29 Top-Notch Guitars With Roasted Maple Necks

GRG121SP is a new addition to the Ibanez GIO lineup. It’s equipped with Classic Elite Humbuckers, Jatoba fretboard, and you guessed it, a stunning roasted maple neck. My favorite cheap guitar with a roasted maple neck.

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ModelPickupsFretboard MaterialPrice RangeCheck Current Price (affiliate links)
Harley Benton Fusion-T HH RoastedRoswell HAF-B AlNiCo-5 (bridge) and HAF-N AlNiCo-5 (neck) humbuckersRoasted maple$Thomann*
Ibanez GRG121SP-BMC – Best Cheap2 x Classic Elite HumbuckerJatoba$SweetwaterThomann
Harley Benton Dullahan-FT 24 Roasted – No HeadstockRoswell HAF-B-BK AlNiCo-5 (bridge) and Roswell HAF-N-BK AlNiCo-5 (neck) humbuckersRoasted Maple$Thomann
Squier Contemporary Telecaster – Best BudgetSquier Rail (bridge) and Squier Atomic (neck) humbuckersRoasted Maple$$SweetwaterThomann
Squier Contemporary Active Starcaster – Budget Guitar With Active Pickups2 x Squier SQR Active Ceramic HumbuckerRoasted Maple$$SweetwaterThomann
Harley Benton Fusion-T HH FNTRoswell LAF-B-CR Alnico-5 (bridge) and Roswell LAF-N-CR Alnico-5 (neck) humbuckersRoasted Maple$$Thomann
Ibanez SEW761CW2 x DiMarzio True Velvet Single-coil & 1 x DiMarzio The Tone Zone HumbuckerRosewood$$SweetwaterThomann
Harley Benton Fusion-III HH FR RoastedRoswell HAF-B AlNiCo-5 (bridge) and Roswell HAF-N AlNiCo-5 (neck) humbuckersRoasted Maple$$Thomann
Sire Larry Carlton S72 x Sire Super-ST Single-coil & 1 x Sire Super-ST HumbuckerRoasted Hard Maple$$SweetwaterThomann
Ibanez High Performance RG421HPFM – Best OverallDiMarzio Air Norton Humbucker
& DiMarzio The Tone Zone Humbucker
Reverend Double Agent OG Reverend HA5 humbucker (bridge) and Reverend 9A5 P90 (neck)Roasted Maple$$$SweetwaterThomann
Schecter Nick Johnston Traditional HSS2 x Schecter Diamond Nick Johnston Single-coil & 1 x Schecter Diamond ’78 HumbuckerEbony$$$SweetwaterThomann
Schecter C-1 Exotic Spalted Maple – Metal MachineSchecter Diamond ’78 Humbucker
& Schecter Diamond ’78 Special Humbucker
Sterling by Music Man Luke 100 Signature2 x Sterling by Music Man designed humbuckersRosewood$$$Guitar CenterThomann
Reverend Double Agent WReverend 9A5 Single-coil
& Reverend HA5 Humbucker
Schecter PT Van Nuys 2 x Schecter USA SuperRockVintage HumbuckerRoasted Maple$$$SweetwaterThomann
ESP LTD SN 1000 FR2 x Seymour Duncan hot Strat Single-coil
& 1 x Seymour Duncan Pegasus Humbucker
Roasted Maple$$$SweetwaterThomann
Solar Guitars AB1.6BOP Artist LTD2 x Duncan Solar humbuckersRoasted Maple$$$Thomann
Ibanez AZ42P12 x Seymour Duncan Hyperion HumbuckerRosewood$$$$SweetwaterThomann
ESP LTD JM-II Josh MiddletonFishman Fluence Modern Alnico Humbucker & Fishman Fluence Modern Ceramic HumbuckerEbony$$$$SweetwaterThomann
Schecter Banshee Mach-62x Lundgren M6 HumbuckerEbony$$$$SweetwaterThomann
Ibanez Prestige AZS2209H – Best PremiumSeymour Duncan Magic Touch-mini Humbucker & Seymour Duncan Alnico II Pro Custom Single-coilRoasted Maple$$$$$SweetwaterThomann
Charvel Rick Graham MJ DK24 2PT2 x Rick Graham Custom Bare Knuckle Single-coil 1 x Rick Graham Custom Bare Knuckle HumbuckerRoasted Maple$$$$$SweetwaterThomann
Ibanez MM1-TAB Martin Miller2 x Duncan Hyperion HumbuckerS-Tech Roasted Maple$$$$$SweetwaterThomann
Ibanez LB1-VL Lari Basilio2 x Seymour Duncan Lari Basilio Single-coil & 1 x Seymour Duncan Lari Basilio HumbuckerRoasted Birdseye Maple$$$$$SweetwaterThomann
Music Man Valentine Tobacco Sparkle1 Music Man Custom Wound single coil in humbucker format (bridge) and 1 Custom Wound humbucker (neck)Roasted Maple$$$$$Guitar CenterThomann
Suhr Modern Plus MN HSHSuhr SSH + (bridge) – Suhr V60LP (middle) – Suhr SSV (neck)Roasted Maple$$$$$Thomann
Music Man JP15 Flame TBK John Petrucci – For Petrucci & Dream Theater fans2 x DiMarzio Illuminator humbuckers and piezo systemRoasted Flamed Maple$$$$$Guitar CenterThomann
Fender Custom Shop Limited-edition ’60s HS Telecaster Custom Heavy RelicSeymour Duncan Seth Lover Humbucker & Custom Shop Hand Wound Texas Special Tele Single-coilFlat-lam Rosewood$$$$$SweetwaterThomann

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3 Best Guitars With Roasted Maple Necks – My Favorites

Best Budget – Squier Contemporary Telecaster

What I like

  • Affordable
  • Stunning looks
  • Graphite nut allows strings to move smoothly through the nut when bending (should improve tuning stability)
  • A narrow neck (1.65″ nut) and C neck shape make playing smooth and comfortable
  • Squiers SQR humbuckers sound surprisingly good
  • Versatile
  • Solid quality

What I don’t like

  • Out of the box finish issues can happen with these budget guitars

Who is it for?

Squier started to spoil us with affordable guitars with roasted maple necks at 2021 with their Contemporary lineup. These Squier’s are one of the best options for under $500. The Contemporary Telecaster is my favorite of this lineup. It’s stunning, comfortable to play, and sounds great.

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Best Overall – Ibanez High Performance RG421HPFM

What I like

  • DiMarzio humbuckers offer really good distortion but are also surprisingly versatile
  • Thin Wizard III neck is slim, smooth, and fast as a neck gets
  • Offers really high value for the money
  • Coil-split adds versatility
  • Great all-around quality
  • Slim body

What I don’t like

  • Tusq, Graphite, or even a real Bone nut would make this guitar even better (increases sustain and overall tone)
  • Jatoba fretboard (roasted maple fretboard would be just awesome)

Who is it for?

Ibanez RG421HPFM is one of my favorite guitars right now. It offers really smooth playability because of its Wizard III neck (my small hands love it). It’s equipped with great-sounding DiMarzio humbuckers (with a coil-split). And overall it offers a great bang for the buck (it could cost a lot more).

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Best Premium – Ibanez Prestige AZS2209H

What I like

  • Extremely smooth and comfortable playability
  • Spot-on sound
  • Surprisingly versatile
  • Alter switch enables connecting single-coil pickup and another coil of the humbucker in series to create different humbucker like tones
  • Great hardware (Gotoh Locking tuners, Gotoh bridge, and bone nut)
  • Could cost a lot more
  • Roasted Maple fretboard

What I don’t like

  • Premium quality means a premium price

Who is it for?

I don’t like to call myself a fanboy. But if I had to choose just 1 brand to be a fanboy of, it would be Ibanez. And this AZ Prestige is a great one. It features

  • Seymour Duncan Magic Touch-mini Humbucker
  • Seymour Duncan Alnico II Pro Custom Single-coil
  • Gotoh F1803 Tremolo Bridge
  • 2-way mini alter switch & 3-way blade pickup switch
  • Gotoh Magnum Locking tuners
  • Beautiful ash body (body wood doesn’t affect the tone of electric guitar when played through an amp)
  • Smooth playability

And still, it costs under 2k. The money you have to throw in order to get this Ibanez is still a big chunk, I know, but still, the value for the money is outstanding. The best premium and pro-level guitar with single-coil and humbucker.

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What Are Roasted Maple Necks?

A roasted maple neck has gone through a heat treatment called “torrefaction”. It decreases the level of water, oils, sugars, etc. on the wood, and also gives it a darker color.

Is Roasted Maple Neck Worth It?

Especially if you like the looks of it, then it is. But stunning looks are not the only benefit…

Roasting removes, water, oil, and sugars from the wood, and this way roasted maple neck is not so sensitive to humidity and temperature changes in the future. Roasting technically makes the wood more similar to older woods where the oils, sugars, and water has already evaporated.

This can actually improve the tuning stability of the guitar since the neck doesn’t bend or react to the temperature and humidity changes so much. You might not need to use a truss rod that much either.

So here are the pros and cons of roasted maple neck:


  • Looks beautiful
  • Doesn’t react to humidity and temperature changes that much
  • Doesn’t react to sweat and dirt so easily (fewer stains)
  • A bit lighter
  • A guitar with a roasted maple neck can have better tuning stability
  • Requires fewer truss rod adjustments since humidity and heat don’t cause the neck to bend that much
  • Lack of water and oils can increase sustain


  • Usually more expensive

How Do You Clean A Roasted Maple Neck?

For unfinished roasted maple neck use a lint-free microfiber cloth or soft steel wool to get rid of the stains and dirt. This really helpful video highlights the process:

YouTube video

Soft 0000 Steel Wool

A Lint-Free Microfiber Cloth


I don’t usually prefer to take things in “roasting-style”, but maple necks are one sure exception. Roasting improves almost every aspect of the neck, and it also looks better. There are only some rare exceptions that I don’t think are a good fit with a roasted maple neck(some dark-colored metal guitars for example).

I hope that this article helped you out, and maybe you even decided to get one of the guitars featured. If you have any questions just leave a comment, I and the GND team are here for you.

I wish you all the best and keep rocking!

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