tcsned wrote:I totally agree with the assessment of the tone from the neck wood. I have a '78 LP Standard that has a maple neck and it is much brighter than any other LP I've ever played. It made a great GD guitar and kind toed the line between the late 60s/early 70s sound and a more modern one. Fred, maybe you should consider a maple neck, I can't imagine that it would alter building cost substantially. My .02$
The cool thing is that they all have maple necks already. Sounds like a good backup guitar for the price. You get a maple neck, 25.5" scale, and the electronics layout. You could always swap the pickups (or at least the middle one).