#1
Hello Folks,

Looking for some insight on SG necks, and just the difference between maple and mahogany necks in general.

A few of the SG special models have maple necks instead of the usual mahogany neck. Why is this? Is it cheaper? Would the maple neck be heavier than a mahogany neck?

I'm just trying to understand the logic, as to why Gibson would produce certain SGs with a maple neck, vs. mahogany, and what possible pros or cons those may have.
#2
Quote by StoneyIommi at #33965693
Hello Folks,

Looking for some insight on SG necks, and just the difference between maple and mahogany necks in general.

A few of the SG special models have maple necks instead of the usual mahogany neck. Why is this? Is it cheaper? Would the maple neck be heavier than a mahogany neck?

I'm just trying to understand the logic, as to why Gibson would produce certain SGs with a maple neck, vs. mahogany, and what possible pros or cons those may have.


Yes


The difference will be slight (if its even something you can hear). The claim is that maple necks produce a brighter, crisper tone compared to mahogany. YMMV


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#3
As I recall, maple is also a harder wood than mahogany, so it may improve durability. ESPECIALLY if you're one of those guys who does neck bends.
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#4
maple is cheaper than mahogany so that is the reason it's used on cheaper models.
#5
Among other things:

Maple is cheaper, more durable, and brighter. Paradoxically, it's more sensitive to moisture changes than mahogany is.
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