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Hello, i'm new to the forum.

First of all, let me say that i'm really impressed, on this board there are a lot of skilled people, for what i could read from other threads.I saw a lot of wonderful jobs.And this is the reason why i'm asking here :D

I would like to make a body for my ibanez rg, an exact copy, AANJ pocket and HSH configuration.So i was searching the net for some good wood, my idea was a mahogany body and maple quilted top.

I will route the body with a CNC, so basically i can route any shape i want.But since i would like an exact copy, il would be a flat top and not a carved one.Next, i don't want a veener, i want some real top.

The problem is that i have no tools(steams etc) and neither skills to bent a 1/4'' maple top over the arm contour.So the only way is to use a top thick enough to shape the contour, at least 3/4''.Since this would be a flat top, there will be a LOT of maple over the mahogany, and i have no idea of the tone of this combination of wood's thickness.All the mahogany/maple guitar that i've played was carved or bent top (tom anderson i.e).

What do you think of these woods combination? What about the tone? And the weight?

And also, i'm from Italy, so my post is full of errors,please forgive me :D

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Hello, i'm new to the forum.

First of all, let me say that i'm really impressed, on this board there are a lot of skilled people, for what i could read from other threads.I saw a lot of wonderful jobs.And this is the reason why i'm asking here :D

I would like to make a body for my ibanez rg, an exact copy, AANJ pocket and HSH configuration.So i was searching the net for some good wood, my idea was a mahogany body and maple quilted top.

I will route the body with a CNC, so basically i can route any shape i want.But since i would like an exact copy, il would be a flat top and not a carved one.Next, i don't want a veener, i want some real top.

The problem is that i have no tools(steams etc) and neither skills to bent a 1/4'' maple top over the arm contour.So the only way is to use a top thick enough to shape the contour, at least 3/4''.Since this would be a flat top, there will be a LOT of maple over the mahogany, and i have no idea of the tone of this combination of wood's thickness.All the mahogany/maple guitar that i've played was carved or bent top (tom anderson i.e).

What do you think of these woods combination? What about the tone? And the weight?

And also, i'm from Italy, so my post is full of errors,please forgive me :D

Why don't you have the tools or skills to do it? All you need is a clothes iron and some clamps. The clamps you'll need anyway, so they're not specialist.

Check this thread out: Click Me!

that should tell you everything you need.

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Supernova9: yes, thank you for the link, the fact is that i don't want to risk to break the top! Never did this before, so i'm a little scared!And a good maple top is priceless!

Hal heeley:yes, i know that mahogany/maple is very used, my doubt is that maybe there's too much maple in a body with a 3/4'' top and 1'' body.In a drop top there's a 10/15% maple.The rest is mahogany.I'm going to build a body with 35/40% maple :D

And i've never seen a guitar with this thickness combination!

Does anybody have some experience in a body like this?

Thank you for the replies :D

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Perry will be so happy that you hotlinked those pics from his site. :D

Why? Is there any problem? I will remove the link in case...

I don't understand :D

EDIT:

i must suppose that hotlinking is not allowed?

Is there some sort of "guide to posting" somewhere that i've missed?

Thanks

EDIT2, ok found

"- DO NOT HOT-LINK TO PICS NOT OWNED BY YOU AND ON YOUR OWN SERVER. Use the URL tag instead to provide a link to the pic."

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