So instead of buying a used Carvin 727, I've decided just to order a new one, and I'm thinking about these specs:
:Maple neck and body
:Mahogany matching headstock
:Crimson red finish in Satin.
:ebony or rosewood fingerboard
I guess my question is, how would mahogany sound over maple. I love the look of mahogany (hence the top choice), but my logic is that mahogany should help tame the brightness of the maple. Has anyone tried this, or know of a good reason why this might be a bad idea....?
My gut says the thickness of the top is not going to impact the brightness of the maple all that much. You really need to be 1/4" or greater thickness or greater to have a topwood impact the tone that much, and even then it will have a lot to do with how far the bridge and/or anchors extend into the back wood. Add to that, you are dealing with a Maple neck thru, which is a whole other ballgame. That bring said, Maple 7 strings are F'ing awesome. I have 2, including my Kamikaze 7 and they cut through with clarity that is unmatched overdriven.