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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-30-2003, 01:38 PM Thread Starter
 
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Flamed ash Vs. Flamed maple

Is there any difference between flamed ash and flamed maple guitar tops apart from the names? Any advantages or disadvantages over the other.

Asking because i just noticed the RG320's in the U.K are different to the ones sold in the U.S.

U.K RG320 = flamed ash
U.S RG320 = flamed maple

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Ash and maple are different types of wood, so they'll give a bit different look, and tone.
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Ash and maple are different types of wood, so they'll give a bit different look, and tone.
yeh i've looked, maple has it's wood lines going downwards and ash has it's going sideways.

which one gives the better tone? the maple or the ash?
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Ash and maple are different types of wood, so they'll give a bit different look, and tone.
yeh i've looked, maple has it's wood lines going downwards and ash has it's going sideways.

which one gives the better tone? the maple or the ash?
tone is a personal thing. whats for one person might not be for the other best thing to do is go try them out.
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Ash and maple are different types of wood, so they'll give a bit different look, and tone.
yeh i've looked, maple has it's wood lines going downwards and ash has it's going sideways.
Actually the direction of the flames has nothing to do with the wood as far as I know. In the case of a guitar with a finish (even a transparent one) you won't see a huge difference between the two, except maybe up close.
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Ash and maple are different types of wood, so they'll give a bit different look, and tone.
yeh i've looked, maple has it's wood lines going downwards and ash has it's going sideways.

which one gives the better tone? the maple or the ash?
tone is a personal thing. whats for one person might not be for the other best thing to do is go try them out.
well i am looking for a bright, sharp tone if you know what i mean lol

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Well i've got two pictures of an Ibanez RG320 Trans. Lavender colour saved on my PC, one with flamed ash and other with flamed maple, from the pictures, you can see the wood grain pattern differences clearly
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Ash and maple are different types of wood, so they'll give a bit different look, and tone.
yeh i've looked, maple has it's wood lines going downwards and ash has it's going sideways.

which one gives the better tone? the maple or the ash?
tone is a personal thing. whats for one person might not be for the other best thing to do is go try them out.
well i am looking for a bright, sharp tone if you know what i mean lol

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Well i've got two pictures of an Ibanez RG320 Trans. Lavender colour saved on my PC, one with flamed ash and other with flamed maple, from the pictures, you can see the wood grain pattern differences clearly
All the ash I have ever seen has very prominent grains. Very different from maple. I have never seen flamed ash however, so I can't really say. As far as tone goes I doubt there's much difference, as I doubt these guitars have anything more than a veneer anyway. You might as well debate the effect of the glue on the tone.
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I agree with cusplaya- the amount of that wood used in the top is so minimal as to be (most likely) tonally irrelevant.
If it has a psychological impact on you and your perception of sound, then go with the maple if you want that brighter, snappier tone. Ash sounds a little more mahogany-ish... less midrange, more lows.

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I agree with cusplaya- the amount of that wood used in the top is so minimal as to be (most likely) tonally irrelevant.
If it has a psychological impact on you and your perception of sound, then go with the maple if you want that brighter, snappier tone. Ash sounds a little more mahogany-ish... less midrange, more lows.

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This is true the amount used on the top isnt not enough to change the tone where your ears could hear a diff i think its all in the looks on this one. but still play both guitars if you can and pick the one that fits you best.
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More agreement here on what has been said above a number of times; the thickness of wood you're looking at on a 3xx model would be negligible to the sound. If you're actually looking to get one of them though, and not just curious about them, do yourself a favor and save up for a new Prestige model or an older RG from the 5xx or 7xx series instead They're better guitars and you won't regret it. One of my brothers has an RG 3something, it has shark teeth inlays and looks a bit like a VWH. It's nice enough, but he also has an RG520 made of mahogany that cost him $210 brand new with a gig bag, and the 520 is clearly superior to the 3whateveritis.
My point is, don't by a 3 series if you can get a better guitar used for the same price. New only lasts a day, and crap has remarkable staying power

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