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    Agathis as a tone wood?

    I was recently given an Ibanez RG 120 body made out of agathis wood. I'm unsure if agathis has good tone quality, so I'd like to know if a body made from agathis is worth adding good parts to (maple neck, Floyd Rose Original bridge, Seymour Duncan SH4 and SH2 pickups)?
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    Those trying to sell you a guitar made of agathis will tell you it's fine, but agathis is not considered a good tone wood. If you have the parts you're talking about it's probably not a bad idea to install them and see what you think, although you'd probably be happier using a better grade of wood.
    Most private builders won't use it, but commercial companies don't care cause you can glue a whole bunch of peices together to make a body and good sound isn't an important feature.
    The wood is very cheap to buy, very easy to cut, and the profits are higher.
    On the other hand, I hate plywood bodies, but I had one at one time that defied all logic and sounded great.
    You never know till you plug it in.

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    Thanks for the advice. I'm pretty sure I'll end up purchasing a better body for those parts. It's just that it's always tempting to try and get use out of something that's free. The agathis body will come in handy if my little brother wants to start playing the guitar though.
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