Originally Posted by Drew
Gotta second 7 Dying Trees here - mahogany is a bodywood without a lot of true depth, a lot of lower mids, and not a heck of a lot of brightness to it. In a seven, you want great bass coupled with excellent clarity. As such, mahogany (which isn't at all bright, nor overly "detailed" sounding) is really far from ideal.
I've currently got a UV7PHW and a RG7CST, and of the two, the UV is overall the tonally surperior one, IMO. the CST is a great rhythm guitar, and sounds phenominal clean, but for heavy low-B riffing is no match for the UV, and also can't touch the UV as a solo instrument - to me, it sounds more balanced across its entire spectrum than the CST. Don't get me wrong, they both sound phenominal, but if I had to have just one, I think basswood works better for a 7 than mahogany, even if mahogany is better in certain applications.
I'd STRONGLY recommend a brighter tonal wood, like ash or alder.
Very true. Mahogony on it's own would really "dull" the guitar. Great for rythm, but If you want to go down the mahogony road I'd seriously put a maple top on (ala Les Paul) to brighten up the sound.
Ash would be a good option, and research the mythical "swamp ash" (i had a guitar builder lecture me that there was no such thing as swamp ash, and that it was just ash grown in a wetter enviroment, (ie, a swamp, so go figure
) and the 6string I have with this has excellent clarity and even frequency response across the whole register, it sings basically
. Why the "swamp ash"? It has a slightly different more porous structure that just has a fukller frequency response.
Still, even with the ash I would recommend a maple top, as this will brighten up the guitar. You can always make it thicker through the amp bass wise, as long as all the frequencies are clear. Also, maple tops mean gorgeous flame and quilted patterns to make the axe look truly droolworthy
In fact, possibly look up some popular wood choices for basses!
Getting the right wood is a nightmare when you are exploring more exotic ones as there are no stock guitar references, but if yu want something that is truly custom and unique it is recommended!