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Old 01-05-2018, 01:38 AM   #31
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You really need to take the neck pup out.

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I have found out from around that the Special II Les Paul's body is plywood with mahogany veneer. Does this mean that the face is mahogany but behind is plywood?
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I have found out from around that the Special II Les Paul's body is plywood with mahogany veneer. Does this mean that the face is mahogany but behind is plywood?
Yes.
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A veneer is a very thin layer of wood glued onto another piece. Veneer is typically less than 1/32" thick and often less than 1/64". You can easily sand through it and expose the underlying substrate.
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I have found out from around that the Special II Les Paul's body is plywood with mahogany veneer. Does this mean that the face is mahogany but behind is plywood?
Yes, that's what it would mean. From my readings about these guitars, there are apparently a lot of varieties of it, all sold under the same name. Some are plywood, some are solid and the type of wood used varies. I read that the ones packaged in a set (guitar, case and amplifier) are much lighter weight and don't sound as good as the ones sold separately. The picture you posted of the cavity on your's looks very different from the cavity on mine. The prices range from $100 to $180.

I say: if you like how it feels and plays, then play it, mod it and have fun with it. The Gibson ES 335, costing as much as $6000, has a laminated body. I know - hollow vs solid. But the point is, laminated wood can be every bit as good as solid wood, if it's made properly. In fact, it could be better than solid wood in some cases. Don't get hung up on the word plywood.
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What he said

In a hollow body a laminated guitar is stronger (usually) than a thin solid wood body and less easily damaged.
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Gutted out everything off the guitar already! I have a lot of copper tape! Do I need to shield the pickup cavities?
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Don't get hung up on the plywood. For a few years, Gibson made their great LPs "sandwich/pancake" style- one piece of wood glued on top of another- not to start up the debate here, but how do 2 or more pieces of wood glued together resonate in harmony. One if one piece resonates one way, and the other resonates an opposite way? Just a thought...

Have fun with it. I'll have a mod going this weekend myself. To me, the magic ingredient will be the pups.

I've said a million times my Gretsch is essentially plywood, or some kind of fiber board with a laminate, and it sounds awesome. It sounds awesome because of the TV Jones pickups, just like Setzer's (but his has a $3000 laminated guitar body; well, more because it's vintage, and higher end to begin with). Kotzen would be happy with my CV with DiMarzios- if I bypassed the tone knob.

Coblat's guitar has noiseless pups...::cough::
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Kotzen would be happy with my CV with DiMarzios- if I bypassed the tone knob.
Hey try a no-load tone pot! I have one on mine.
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Took out everything already!

Should I shield the pickup cavities too?


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