#1
i was just wondering how much difference there between a mahogany guitar with a flamed/quilted maple top and just a plain mahogany guitar? (for arguements sake say the neck is set-in)

does the maple top make much difference to the sound/tone?
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#3
im looking at an Ibanez SAS36FM as my next guitar
but i only want it if it'll give me different tones to my S470
i know the SAS36FM has set-in neck, S-S-H config' and flamed maple top
& my S470 has bolt-on neck, H-S-H config' and the ZR bridge
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#4
if it's thick enough, then yes, it'll add a bit of brightness.
but a lot of guitars have thin maple top, or just a veneer which doesn't really affect the sound, it's purely for looks...
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