Originally Posted by GitFiddle
A typical Gibson Les Paul is made with a single solid piece of mahogany wood for the body with a thick piece of maple added for the top. The maple top is a much denser and harder wood that is supposed to help achieve the natural sustain of a Les Paul. Some of the less expensive Les Paul models (like the faded specials) will have the solid piece of mahogany body without the maple top. That is what they are referring to as a "mahogany top".
Since maple is a denser wood it will usually have a more attractive pattern in the grain also. Mahogany is a softer and warmer wood and usually has less decorative grain patterns. I have one of each type and they both play and sound wonderful.
thanks a lot for the help! do you think what they are asking for the darkburst looking mahogany one is a fair price?