Low Top vs Spalted Maple

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  1. Stewtech

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    Should say Koa vs Spalted Maple! I am looking into a thinline model and was wondering opinions on these 2 wood options. How do these woods differ in sound?
     
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    Koa is "warm" sounding (strong fundamental, reduced high harmonics and overtones) and spalted maple is unpredictable. Normally, maple tends to preserve high end, but spalting is essentially a disease that compromises the structural integrity of the maple so what effect that has, is any, depends on the piece and the extent and nature of the spalting. Honestly, both of these woods are going to be a little hard to predict in terms of tonal effect (if any). It's a con flip, IMO. Personally, I would take Koa over spalted maple any day of the week, month, or year. I think Koa is beautiful; I think spalted maple is strange looking -- unusual, not attractive.
     
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    Koa it is! Thanks for replying!!
     
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    Koa is piano-like. Pretty distinct.
     
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    It’s an electric guitar, pick the one that you think is pretty, adjust the pickups and turn the tone knobs on the guitar and amp till you like the sound...
     
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    Here we go...

    Or you could just use pretty cardboard...
     
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