#1
im thinking about doing a first build but there are still a lot of loose ends i need to tie up. i dont even have a design in mind yet. but what do you think about maple as a guitar body? i know its mostly used for necks but is it a good idea for use in a body?
#2
Maples gonna be really bright and trebly, but is a solid, quite hard wood. Maybe get some darker, bassier pickups and the maple could balance em out.
#3
maple is a decent wood to use for bodies, its a very bright sounding wood. it only has one real downfall, that being its weight.

my first guitar was maple

#4
I say do Alder or swamp ash.
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#5
Maple is fine to do as a body, but you will get a very, very bright, trebly sound. As mentioned before, just use your electronics to even things out. It will be very heavy, but as long as you have a good strap it won't feel too bad.
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#6
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it only has one real downfall, that being its weight.

I would submit that it has two downfalls. It can also be difficult to work with. It is often very hard. It also tends to burn easily when you're using a saw, router, or power sander.

But it sounds great and often looks gorgeous.
#7
^ I have nice routers and a great bandsaw and sharp tools, its not a problem to work with for me. If you use soft maple you wont have too much trouble.
#8
Make one out of hard maple and paint it bright red and you have an 80s shredding machine..
#9
Yes, better tools make it much easier to work with. If you use dull tools that cannot cut quickly, that's when you get burning problems.
#10
It'll be heavy, but if you don't mind that do it
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