Mahogany/maple top vs basswood/maple top?

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  1. vejichan

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    Which do u like for prog metal and why?
     
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    Clear acrylic/balsa top. If you don't already know why, I feel bad for you, but I can't tell you.
     
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    carbon fiber
     
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    Once you throw pickups and a metric fuck ton of gain and all the other shit...you can't tell much of a difference and neither will anyone in a crowd or listening through speakers
     
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    Mahogany and maple, not for how they sound though.
    Basswood shouldn't be used for instruments imo.
     
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    No to basswood. Shit's soft as hell... Screws strip and trem posts drift. Luck of the draw that you happen to get a piece hard enough to keep things in place
     
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    Have a mahogany/maple PRS SE Custom 24, a mahogany Schecter C-1, and two basswood Ibanez RGs. Any of them can cover pretty much whatever. Getting a good piece of wood is important, but I think the neck wood makes more difference. Amp/pedals make even more difference.
     
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    it's not gonna matter enough for you to pick based on that. just get the guitar that's better for you
     
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    My favorite players are John petrucci, evh and misha mansoor, satriani and vai.

    Basswood or mahogany
     
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    the correct answer is spruce with a carbon fiber shell over it if you want to be TRV PROG
     
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    Wood, pickups and amp make no difference in tone. It's all in the fingers.
     
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    But seriously. This is the 10th or 11th time you've asked about wood recommendations. And every single time you've been told that it doesn't matter.

    Even the most die-hard of tonewood believers will tell you that you can use -any tonewood- for -any genre-, tonally speaking.

    The differences, at dead most, are still so subtle that a change in pickups or EQ will completely engulf them.

    Pick the wood that looks prettiest to you or that you have the most connection with.

    Because it doesn't fucking matter.
     
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    Although get a good piece of basswood. It really is teh softest.
     
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    I've never seen a thread get mocked this hard, but maybe I'm missing something here.

    Wood does affect the tone, but as others have said, it's a very small difference that will likely get buried under other variables like your pickups, amp, cab, speakers, etc. especially when playing metal. Mahogany will be heavier, harder, and more stable while basswood will be lighter and most likely cheaper.
     
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    What you're missing is that this guy has been posting the same stupid question for the last few years. I think he's trolling us at this point.

    These are a few of his forum topics:
    Swamp ash vs basswood vs mahogany for metal?
    Thoughts on swamp ash for high gain?
    Wood choices? Mahogany, basswood or swamp ash?
    Walnut top/mahogany back vs walnut top/swamp ash back?
    Alder wood for guitars?
    Favorite wood combo?
    Good body wood for a koa top?
    Guitar wood combo that works best for drop c tuning?
    Best sounding wood combo 6 string?
    Favorite wood/pickups for high gain?
    Custom guitar..what backing wood for walnut tops?



     
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