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Legend has it the maple cap adds some top end snap to the tone.  that's about all I got on this one.

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Legend also has it the lack of maple adds snap to the SG. Never understood that double standard in marketing

 

I’m skeptical how much difference it would make but I wouldn’t be surprised either if it did make a noticeable difference. Maple is much more dense than mahogany. I used to think these things are silly but there probably is actually something to it. Whether or not that something is important is the question (for me). I would guess it would be a very minute difference

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1 hour ago, Dub-T-123 said:

Legend also has it the lack of maple adds snap to the SG. Never understood that double standard in marketing

 

I’m skeptical how much difference it would make but I wouldn’t be surprised either if it did make a noticeable difference. Maple is much more dense than mahogany. I used to think these things are silly but there probably is actually something to it. Whether or not that something is important is the question (for me). I would guess it would be a very minute difference

 

Well the SG Modern has a maple cap. Not aware if any comparisons have been made? I would be delighted to know for sure one way or the other.

My 339 Studio has a maple neck. When buying I thought it sounded a tad brighter than the hogs I had just spent 3/4 hour playing, but I couldn't be sure. Blind test? I would probably be guessing. I agree with the consensus. If there is a difference, its gonna be small. 

On the other hand, I have 2 guitars made entirely from maple and they don't seem overly bright at all. They are pretty heavy though. I can tell that in the dark.

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As BBP said, Yes.

So many variables though. Density, size, type, etc.

Take a broomstick and attach a string to it (i made mine tunable!). notice the sound plucking the string by itself. Now lay the broomstick on a cardboard box and pluck again. Notice the difference in sound. Now lay the stick on a piece of wood and try it again. Continue with different materials and notice the differences in tone. Although you have not changed the stick and string, the tone changes with different materials. It may have a different tone using two  separate pieces of the same type of wood although not real noticeable but it's there.  Same with nut materials. In my adventures  i found that the softer the material the duller the sound. The harder the material, the pingy-er the sound. Just have to find the right material that suites your ears. Good vibrations and body gyrations and POOF your a performer!

 

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I don't think it will sound "significantly" different, but should make a little difference.  I think tonewoods have a lot more to do with how acoustic guitars sound, not so much with a solid body played through an amp.  If you are looking for a classic Les Paul sound, just stick with the traditional maple cap and don't chance it.

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On 9/29/2020 at 9:03 AM, Dub-T-123 said:

Legend also has it the lack of maple adds snap to the SG. Never understood that double standard in marketing

 

I’m skeptical how much difference it would make but I wouldn’t be surprised either if it did make a noticeable difference. Maple is much more dense than mahogany. I used to think these things are silly but there probably is actually something to it. Whether or not that something is important is the question (for me). I would guess it would be a very minute difference

I have an SG Standard with the same family of pickups that's in my 95 standard.  (490T/498R) I can assure you... 100%,, the '95 standard is a brighter sounding guitar.

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On 9/28/2020 at 9:43 PM, parisdobermans said:

Should one expect a flame maple top LP custom to sound significantly different than an all mahogany LP custom?

Wait, I didn't read this closely enough.  An "all mahogany" LP custom?  Meaning the entire guitar including the hardware, electronics and strings are made of mahogany?  That would sound WAY different.  

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4 hours ago, SteveFord said:

The plastic pickguard makes a lot of difference.  On, off and is it period correct?

What if you leave the plastic film on your pick guard? That's where all the sweet tone is.

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7 minutes ago, SteveFord said:

So THAT'S how they do it!

 

Supposedly the plastic is still on the pickguard of my new used D-35. It's gonna sound killer.

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48 minutes ago, Sgt. Pepper said:

Supposedly the plastic is still on the pickguard of my new used D-35. It's gonna sound killer.

 

You got one!? 😮

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22 hours ago, merciful-evans said:

 

You got one!? 😮

Yep, it shipped today. It's a 2015 50th Ann.  Martin D-35 Std. They made a run if 100 Braz limited edition ones that year with a wedge of Braz RW, and the rest Madagascar RW, European Spruce top, I just saw one online for $3200 used of course, and it had buckle rash. 

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13 hours ago, Sgt. Pepper said:

Yep, it shipped today. It's a 2015 50th Ann.  Martin D-35 Std. They made a run if 100 Braz limited edition ones that year with a wedge of Braz RW, and the rest Madagascar RW, European Spruce top, I just saw one online for $3200 used of course.

 

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