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Adding maple top to a used guitar


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It has been done. Crimson Guitars have a video about adding a maple veneer on a carved top since the customer had changed his mind!

Adding a new top on a flat guitar is a piece of cake, even with the contour like on a strat. In any case it would help to help you if you told what type of a guitar you're talking about, especially if there's large roundovers or deep carving.

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I did this with a carve top last year. I made a guitar out of ovangkol and it weighed 13lb so  I unset the neck, planed the top off, hollowed out the body and stuck another carved maple top on it. Ultimately you just need to remove the amount of thickness of your new top from the body and stick it on, refinish etc. 

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