#1
I'm in the proccess of painting my guitar, (its a strat style) and I've noticed that the top is maple, but it is entirely plywood underneath the maple, and the arm contours are glued on ply aswell. Is this normal, or a sign of cheap manufacturing?
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#2
well it really depends where you got it
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#3
eh?
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#4
Quote by Hereiwas
eh?


What brand is it?
How much did you pay?

Normally most guitars arent like that...
#5
ya plywood pretty much = crap


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#6
Oh right. Its a Hohener Arbor MX, which isnt stunning i know. I was just wondering why it was maple seemingly glued onto plywood.
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#7
Quote by Hereiwas
Oh right. Its a Hohener Arbor MX, which isnt stunning i know. I was just wondering why it was maple seemingly glued onto plywood.


cus it's so much cheaper to do than a solid maple body or a maple top on alder/ash/solid wood of any kind.

basically you've got a maple veneer, which is like 3/16 of an inch of maple give or take, most likely take.

all that really matters is if you like the way it sounds. sure plywood isn't a tone wood - hell its barely even wood to begin with - but if you like the way it sounds then it doesnt really matter what its made out of or what anyones opinion of it is. only your opinion matters.
#9
Do it anyway! The stuff you'll earn from refinishing to electronics to setting up would be worth it ... as long as you don't go crazy with boutique upgrades.

I've played a no-name plywood Strat copy through a Hughes & Kettner TriAmp MK II and it slayed! The only upgrades I did in addition to a re-finish were new pots, switch, and output jack.

#12
Quote by LP Addict
I know a guy who made a neck out of plywood. It was all hard-maple plies, his neck was like 28 pieces, talk about seriously strong, also really ugly. i want to find a picture of it.

yeah. have you seen the budget martins? the necks must be f'n indestructible.
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