I got a hankering for a gold top Les Paul, so I decided to build one. This one has Spanish cedar for the back. The piece had several knots that I was able to either cut around or place in cavities. The cap is maple, mahogany neck, rosewood fretboard. Finish is nitrocellulose lacquer. There were a few minor blemishes, but on the whole I am very happy. It is very light for a Les Paul and sounds amazing.