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Posted on Thursday, May 17, 2001 - 3:16 pm:   

How does this body wood combination compare to solid alder or ash? And what about weight? I have heard that a cap doesn't change the tone of the [under]body. Any comments would be greatly appreciated.
Posted on Thursday, May 17, 2001 - 4:15 pm:   

I can't tell you much about the difference between the birch/mahogany and ash alder, except it will be very different. I have all mahogony and all ash guitars and they are substantially different. I also have a birch/mahogany Custom Agent. The real problem with making a comparison is that all have different pickups.

The birch/mahogany should be much lighter than the all ash tele.

When talking combination construction, it's important to distinquish between "veneer" and "cap". I would say that a thin "veneer" of birch will not have a substantial effect on the sound of any mahogany tele. But a thick "cap" of maple is definitely going to change the sound. For example, an SG or LP special does not sound like a regular LP.
Chipsotoole (Chipsotoole)
Posted on Wednesday, March 31, 2004 - 9:04 am:   

I have an ash/mahogany thinline......far more substantial tone than my other tele (Basswood)....Reckon you can't go wrong with either..they are a dream to play

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