Hey all, I may have incorrectly posted this in the Guitar & Bass technical info section but wanted to get as many opinions as possible (so mods you can delete whichever one doesn't belong). Anyway, I was visiting a highly regarded luthier last week to buy some miscellaneous parts but also had the privilege of checking out some of his amazing guitars. Anyway, I'm not the most educated when it comes to luthiery but as he was giving me a tour of his shop and his methodologies in terms of constructing guitars he made a few interesting arguments. The most sensible one was that he only made guitar bodies out of a single piece of wood. He argued that a Strat or Tele, for instance, that was made by 2 pieces of wood glued together would lack the vibrational resonance and sustain of a guitar made from a single piece. He also believed single piece maple necks have more tonal advantages (in terms of uniform resonance and sustain) as opposed to a maple neck with a glued rosewood freboard. I'm not so sure I would completely agree with that assessment (as I am partial to rosewood fretboards) but it actually made a lot of sense to me. He handed me one of his Tele style axes and it sounded so heavenly unplugged and plugged into a tweed amp. I have been thinking about what he said since then and has me questioning the methods of most production guitars. For the record, I have 4 guitars: a Gibson R0, 62 RI SG, Fender Am Dlx Ash Strat, and a Martin HD-2LSV--all with rosewood fretboards, and all of whom I love. But of my electrics, my single piece mahogany bodied SG has the loudest, most impressive acoustic resonance when played unplugged. I know the construction methods of today's biggest guitar makers are dictated primarily by economics, i.e. bookmatching tops on maple capped LPs, 335s, etc, and joining 2 pieces of ash/alder for Strats and Teles. But from a tonal standpoint doesn't it seem reasonable that a guitar made out of as few pieces of wood as possible would translate sound better than otherwise? What are your thoughts on this matter?