Originally Posted by shreddingjoris
Now i love basswood body guitars with maple necks, but wouldn't the flamed maple top make the guitar TOO bright? Or would it just add a bit more wideness to the high end section?
Who has a guitar with these combination of woods?
The Ibanez Tosin Abasi has basswood body and maple top.
Basswood, though soft and not as pretty as maple, is still the best body wood for a bolt on maple neck with humbuckers and I loved my Charvel with that and also Allan Holdsworth signature model. You get the growl and sustain, but just enough high end and a ridiculous amount of single note clarity. Basswood is magic in all this, but of course the pickups have to have those attributes to make it all happen. Maple may make things brighter so you may have to compensate for that in the pickups.
The pickups are still probably most of the tone (50+ percent, 60, 90?) but consider the maple on basswood and maybe get a slightly warmer humbucker to tame any extra added high end the maple will give you. Air Norton seems perfect for this but I don't know about AT-1 and what woods that matches best with. I would think lower resistance humbuckers with more headroom and not a powerful, hot rodded humbucker. The good thing is if you don't like the pups, it's so easy to swap out until you find something you like. I wonder what modern pickup out there is closest to the old Ibanez Holdsworth pickups? That was the most magic strat style guitar I have ever owned among a dozen or so like it with bolt on neck on strat style body.
Also I tightened down the Holdsworth (Fender style) trem so it was like a fixed bridge but there was something cool about the large rout just underneath the pickguard and maybe the extra wood routed out for the trem, too. The guitar had kind of a chambered, hollow sound and mixed with that basswood body and those pickups this guitar was single coil clear, but humbucker rich, too and nothing I have played in my life has come close. Because basswood sound, and no other wood, is my favorite and worked well for Jackson/Charvel too on their versions of that, maybe a thinner top of maple would work because it wouldn't change the sound enough to make it different than basswood alone. I don't know that too much maple would wreck a sound but oddly I liked the all mahogany Les Paul Customs I played a lot better than my vintage Les Paul Custom with thick maple top. The all mahogany LPs were warmer and my maple on mahogany LP was too tinny at times.
It's all personal preference but I am sure there are probably some maple top/veneer Jacksons or Charvels out there to test out. My friend's Charvel had thin flamed maple top on basswood body and that thing was righteous.
Here is a good read on tonewoods for solidbody guitars: