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#1 posted 10-02-2016 10:33 PM

If you are building a lespaul style guitar then you are baisicly building a solid body guitar. The type of wood you use on the body is noy as critical as it is for a hollow body. That being said there are differences in tone for solid body guitars. The standards are Sapelle(African Mahogany), Alder, Poplar(clear heart only) Ash, Madagascar Mahogany and clear heart cherry.
The rest are looks. The cocobolo will look very radical if it’s an even veneer. If your substrate is two beefy book matched pieces of Sapelle wood and you do an excellent execution of the dovetail neck set then you will hav a very fine sounding guitar. It will have more sustain than the flamed maple tops in my opinion. The key is the neck set and the fret board. alignment. Good electronics help as well. The Bass in my profile picture is a fender Jazz with an Alder body. I have made a few Bass body’s in my day. The best sounding one was a poplar one left its natural green patina. Remember that the substrate body is best made in three pieces if you are using a dovetail set neck. F or a bolt on neck two piece will do just fine. I no longer make guitars any more it’s more fun to play them so I just buy them. I do have a nice piece of ebony that could be probably be used as a fretboard if you are interested in it let me know by PM and I’ll let you have it.

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