#1
Hey guys.. I was just curious if anyone had any experience with a Strat-style guitar with a solid maple body. I am contemplating building one, but it will obviously be much heavier than a regular Stratocaster and this could be a problem. I play a Les Paul, do you think it would be heavier than that?

I play mostly in recording environments, so the guitar would not be used for gigging, but I want to be able to stand up and play. I definitely prefer heavy, dense guitars--which is why I was considering building a maple-bodied Strat (along with the bright tone)--but this could end up being too heavy. I thought it could be neat, but I wanted to see if anyone had any complaints first..

If anyone has any info, let me know.. Thanks!
#2
Even if you do build the guitar and then find out it is to heavy. You could customize it slightly and make it a hollow section. although this would change the guitars tone significantly. Give it a go.
#3
Quote by BitteEinBit1817
Hey guys.. I was just curious if anyone had any experience with a Strat-style guitar with a solid maple body. I am contemplating building one, but it will obviously be much heavier than a regular Stratocaster and this could be a problem. I play a Les Paul, do you think it would be heavier than that?

I play mostly in recording environments, so the guitar would not be used for gigging, but I want to be able to stand up and play. I definitely prefer heavy, dense guitars--which is why I was considering building a maple-bodied Strat (along with the bright tone)--but this could end up being too heavy. I thought it could be neat, but I wanted to see if anyone had any complaints first..

If anyone has any info, let me know.. Thanks!
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#4
I'd say it would sound far too bright. I'd assume it would have a maple neck so a basically all maple guitar is going to be brighter than hell, through a few single coils in there and I'd imagine it would be annoyingly trebly. Maybe you could use a mahogany back with a thinner maple cap to maintain something a bit more trebly, but not annoyingly so. And if you are just going to paint it, an unfigured cap should be cheap.
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#5
I have heard a all maple guitar, had a oil finish. Was indeed a strat shape, custom made for a touring blues player. Sounded super bright, i thought the tone was annoying as hell, imo.

Just my personal experience.
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I have heard a all maple guitar, had a oil finish. Was indeed a strat shape, custom made for a touring blues player. Sounded super bright, i thought the tone was annoying as hell, imo.

Just my personal experience.
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#7
My Ibanez RX that I've Andy Timmons-ized has a solid maple body. It's def. a bit heavier than a regular strat, but it sounds fantastic.

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