Maple neck Les Paul.

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  1. old crow

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    ..or almost. It's a 70's L.P. copy w/ bolt on maple neck. I've installed a pair of Lollar Imperials and a Bigsby, also lathed some maple dowels to put in the bridge stud holes so I could put on an ABR bridge. It's ended up sounding a wee bit Gretsch like , as it's chambered, but it's still quite heavy and really has a nasty ringing sound.
    I'd like to hear from others with maple neck L.P. style guitars as I'm so impressed I'd like to move on to a higher quality similar git, maybe with a Fender maple neck on a L.P. type chambered body....
     
  2. The Chris Henderson model is a waste of good wood IMO.....
     
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    Correct me if I'm wrong but doesn't that model have a mahogany neck ?
    I'm interested in hear about guitars with maple necks.
     
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    I had a maple necked les paul that ended up sounding pretty good once i got some dark sounding humbuckers in it. I definitely prefer mahogany though.
     
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    I had a '76 maple neck LP Standard that ruled. Had a tone to die for. Screw what the snobs say - a buddy of mine who worked for a great - now defunct - guitar company even made me a LP style axe w/a maple neck & mahogany body (glue-in neck). It also ruled - more clarity than an all mahogany axe.
     
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    HAha, I agree!
     
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    Don't the Zakk Wylde Models have maple necks?
     
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    Don't tell anyone- I'm secretly a fan of the Gibbo Marauder. :eek:

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    I have a Zakk Wylde camo with the maple neck. Just like a normal les paul really only a bit brighter. When I changed the EMG's out for something else I had to think a little more about the combo of pickups and the wood together to retain a warm balanced tone. It looks really unusual on a Les Paul but looks good IMO. I saw Zakk playing it on an instructional 'young guitar' dvd a few years ago and was entranced with the guitar. A camoflage Les Paul with bullseye and maple neck. Too cool.

    When I made a custom destroyer/explorer guitar last year I came very close to making that with a maple neck too and sometimes wish I had. Im not sure if Ive ever seen a maple neck explorer so it would have been somewhat unusual.
     
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    Hey, I own a marauder, not bad guitars at all!
     
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    I have never thought that mahogany was a great wood for necks. Unless they are really thick, they never seem to be stable enough. I think I would be quite happy with a maple-necked les paul. What about a rosewood-necked les paul?
     
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    If I could find a Marauder in good shape for a reasonable price, I'd probably buy it in a heartbeat. It's a piece of Bill Lawrence genius.

    Kind of ugly though, but in a cool way..
     
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    WOW! MARAUDERS!! That's taking me back to a very good time in my life indeed!
     
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    Nice Marauder:cool: That was my first guitar. Memories......
     
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    I like maple necks on Les Paul Customs...

    There, I said it.

    Originally I turned my nose up to the very idea of anything other than a mahogany neck on a Les Paul. Now having owned a fair number of them and having played far more my opinions have shifted.

    All other things being equal I think I’ve grown to appreciate what a maple neck does for the sound, response and feel on these guitars.

    Maple necked customs seem to have a little more tightness and immediacy. Whatever it is it works for me.
     
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    My 1st electric was a used Gibson LP Deluxe w/ standard hb's from the 70's / early 80's at age 14 in 1984. It has a 5pc maple neck and pancake body. Very very rigid. I didn't know any better on the sound, and then when I bought a 1992 LP Custom in '92, I was kind of disappointed. The Custom has more meat to the sound, but lost something in expressiveness and brightness. That Nolin era LP with the maple neck, is probably the best sounding guitar I've ever heard.
     
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    I just picked up 2014 Gibson LPJ . Very cool guitar. Maple neck, rosewood fretboard. $500 used all day
     
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    The best LP I played was maple-necked, pancake body 70s Custom.
     
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    My #2 guitar is a maple necked Gibson LP. Sounds fantastic.
     
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    I’ve really done a 180 on that as well. My ‘75 that I originally bought to flip does something different than my mahogany neck LP. Like you said, tighter and immediate. Almost a glassy feel to the sound, in a good way.
     

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