#1
This has been bothering me for quite some time now. Is there a reason why most modern V shaped guitars (mainly Rhaods Vs and King Vs) use alder instead of mahogany? Is it just because most players who use those shapes prefer a brighter sound, or is there an actual problem with the properties of mahogany that makes it difficult to cut it into those kinds of shapes?
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i dono i hate v shaped guitars but dean makes thier v's out of mahogany look on there web sight
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Korina is like mahogany but lighter, and that's what the original Vs and epi reissues use.
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It's probably due to the fact that most guitar players known for playing V-shaped guitars are lead players, rather than rhythm.

As such, the tonal qualities lend themselves to that, where mahogany is better suited with its bass-ier sound to rhythm.

In all honesty, though, it inevitably makes almost no difference. Not when you consider how big of a part the pickups, amp, and quality of the wood itself, makes in the sound.
#5
Gibson V's are mahogany. Its just a preference.
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It's probably due to the fact that most guitar players known for playing V-shaped guitars are lead players, rather than rhythm.

As such, the tonal qualities lend themselves to that, where mahogany is better suited with its bass-ier sound to rhythm.

In all honesty, though, it inevitably makes almost no difference. Not when you consider how big of a part the pickups, amp, and quality of the wood itself, makes in the sound.


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Gibson V's are mahogany. Its just a preference.

Only the reissues since '61.
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I don't know. I hate v shaped guitars but Dean makes their v's out of mahogany. Look on their web site

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Only the reissues since '61.



ok, well at least for the last 47 years then....

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#10
As a builder of guitars I can tell you genuine Honduran Mahogany is a lot more money then Alder. Cheapo import guitars usually use some oddball wood that is technically mahogany but is a much lower grade.

Alder is much cheaper
#11
alder has bright and cutting highs and thinner lows . great for lead work, Mahogany on the other side, always seem to carry that low end thump (it's very nice don't get me wrong) and the highs are somewhat rounded off and very smooth (which is also nice) it's all a matter of preference.
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#13
Idk, i personally prefer mahogany - also for lead playing. it has a nice warmth, and can still easily cut through with the right settings.

Alder has almost same amount of bass, mids and highs - and as the man up there said, it's cheaper than mahogany.
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Gibson V's are mahogany. Its just a preference.


indeed (apart from the originals and some reissues).


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As a builder of guitars I can tell you genuine Honduran Mahogany is a lot more money then Alder. Cheapo import guitars usually use some oddball wood that is technically mahogany but is a much lower grade.

Alder is much cheaper


also agreed (though i don't build guitars).
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Is it also maybe because Jackson and Fender are sort of run by the same people? Couldn't the people from Fender make the decision to use alder on Jacksons, since it's what they use on all of their Fender models (almost)?
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Is it also maybe because Jackson and Fender are sort of run by the same people? Couldn't the people from Fender make the decision to use alder on Jacksons, since it's what they use on all of their Fender models (almost)?


But Jackson was using alder long before Fender bought them out, and they aren't the only example of this.

Anyway, thanks for all the answers. They all seem like good reasons. Now that I think about it, the Agile Reaper uses mahogany too. So it looks like it really is just preference.
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#17
Quite a lot of American guitars use alder (with some obvious exceptions) because the tree grows in America and is very common. That's why Gibson are in it since Mahogany supplies are so low now.
#18
i thought the king v with hardtail bridge was mahogany?
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The LTD V-500 is mahogany too.
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