Originally Posted by corey j grieve
That is a real top,4mm thick......theres a difference.
Its what the cheap guitar you speak of is trying look like....quality.
I know that the better guitars have thicker layer of nice wood like a highly flamed maple, but even really high end furniture used very thin veneers. The look for me is just fine and won't look better with thicker wood.
However, if it's maple over a dark sounding mahogany, then the thicker the maple the more high end that is brought in and that's a good thing. That's why the Les Paul Standard with relatively thick maple over mahogany was such a great hit due to the increased high end from more maple. But that being said some people like the warm wood of an all mahogany body like SGs and Les Paul Customs of old with humbuckers going for the fattest tone possible.
If the wood is like on the Premiums and many others and is a very thin veneer of maple then the acoustic sound of the guitar will likely bear the background mahogany, korina, sapele, or alder and not the bright sounding maple.
But this is 2014 and besides the obvious of amp and effects, a great equalizer on the market is the vast array of aftermarket pickups. If a guitar is too dark because there's no thick layer of bright maple on top, you can get a brighter sounding humbucker to cut through the mix with the same sharp attack as a Les Paul with liberal layer of maple. At the end of the day, most want a humbucker that can carry the mids yet still cut through with highs due to the combination of that thick maple top, solid body, and metal bridge helping do just that for the Les Paul and many maple capped electric guitars. I don't think most would notice a Prestige having much better highs than a Premium, but if all pickups were standard wound '59 PAFs then we may hear the difference of the woods more.