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Metal Acolyte
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If you were going to have a custom (neck-thru) guitar built (for metal), and the two constants were going to be a flame maple cap and an ebony fretboard, what wood choices would you make for the body and neck, and why?

  • Mahogany/Mahogany?
  • Alder/Maple?
  • Swamp Ash/Maple?
  • Other...?
I am quite fond of the "Gibson formula" (mahogany/mahogany), but I have Jacksons that are alder/maple that sound good too. I'm just not sure how I would choose. Maybe by offering up opinions, someone will point out something I hadn't considered/noticed before.
 

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Maple neck-thru for stability and brightness, then mahogany sides (wings?) to add some more chunk. Not sure how alder or swamp ash would fare as the body sides. Basswood would probably also work.
 

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I am Groot
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If you're going with a full (3/4" thick) maple cap, then a maple neck and mahogany wings. Mahogany necks impart too much thickness, muddying up the low end, and a full maple cap on alder or swamp ash is going to be way too bright.
 

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Metal Acolyte
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Mahogany necks impart too much thickness, muddying up the low end,...
Interesting. I have a Gibson Les Paul Custom that I can't get to muddy up the low end no matter how hard I try. :spock:
 

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Bolt on maple neck with maho body.
 
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