Should I get the SZ320mh or SZ520qm?
I'm in a bit of a quandry here. I have a decision to make and it's getting more difficult every day.
First off, a few weeks ago I was looking at buying a new guitar and settled on an Epi Les Paul Standard +. The wife wasn't much for going to the music stores and I only played a few guitars before settling on the LP.
She was out of town last week, so I went and played a lot of guitars (25+). If I had seen the SZ guitars before, I NEVER would have spent $600 on the ELP! So I talked to the guy who sold me the LP and he agreed to give me store credit equal to the price he could get for the LP as a used guitar, which was $425. He told me I could get an SZ320 straight up or an SZ520 for $50 more. Well, my reasoning at the time was that I already was essentially paying $600 for an SZ320 and I really didn't want to spend $650 on an SZ520. So I had him order me an SZ320MH. It's supposed to be here some time this week.
But since that time, I'm considering just having him put the 320 on his wall and giving him $50 for the 520. At times, I'm in love with the Amber Burst quilted maple. Other times I'm in love with the raw oiled mahogany of the 320. So I suppose looks have become a wash in the decision.
So I'm looking for opinions on other differences, so a few questions for those in the know:
Would the 520 hold its value better with the quilted maple, making it worth the extra $50?
What about the body composition? Am I correct in my understanding that the 320MH has a mahogany body with a mahogany cap, or is it one solid piece?
Also, what about the tonal differences in a mahogany body vs. a mahogany/maple body? Would the 320 tend to be a brighter tone than the 520, much like the all-mahogany SG vs Les Paul?
These are pretty much going to be the deciding factors for me. The fancy inlay on the 520 is pretty meaningless.