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A wood warp is 1) an unintended bend in the wood caused by either improper storage, moisture, curing or a combination of these factors.
A wood warp is usually a permanent change in the shape of the wood and may not be correctable. Warped wood is often an indication of case hardening. (Siminoff, 144).
2) A low spot in a neck caused by excessive string load or improper truss rod tension will warp the neck (Siminoff, 144).
Case hardening of wood is defined as: Irregular drying of wood where the layers of the wood grain are in various degrees of tension or compression. Case hardening is obvious when cutting into wood with a saw. The wood begins to close on the saw blade or the wood opens in diverse paths (Siminoff, 23).