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Mahogany + Ash body

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by cstar, Dec 16, 2012.

  1. cstar

    cstar

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    I want to build myself a guitar at some point.

    I was thinking about doing a Les Paul type body that would be half mahogany and half hard ash.

    I like the aggressive growl that ash heartwood / Northern ash has, and the darkness and fullness that mahogany has, so I figured I could combine them to get the best of both worlds.

    What are your thoughts/opinions on this? I know it's all pretty subjective. I love the sound of a Les Paul, but I also really like the sound of a nice hard ash body. Is combining them a bad idea? Does it just get muddy or quirky? Have you made such a body and can you tell me how you felt about the sound? I think the John Pettruci EB guitar has a body that is hard ash with a mahogany core, and I always thought his sound was cool.

    Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks.

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