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1990's Lps Standards vs. 2000's Lps flame top standards


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Figuring (flame and quilting etc) does not add to or detract from the tone, it is purely aesthetics. The wood is still fine, but it has changed. They now have to use different suppliers and slightly different species for several reasons and good, lightwieght mahogany is getting to be scarce. The best quality woods are being used by the Custom Shop. This is why Gibson USA has switched to chambering vice the swiss cheese weight relief method. Two guitars made with wood from the same tree can sound different. A lot of the larger guitar makers have stockpiles of wood, but eventually they too will eventually run into the same problems depending on what species they use predominantly.

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