I've always wondered how to tell if my epi has veneer. I read that you can look at the pickup cavity to do that. Can someone see if I have veneer on my epi from the photos below? I hope that I took the pictures correctly.
i don't know if there's any merit to this but i saw a claim back about 2004 in epiphone forum (before it was changed to gibson domain) that the last guitars in Korea (ones with grover tuners) have real flame maple caps with the wood left over before production was moved to their china plant.
it seems possible i guess this was around the same time when a fake epiphone picture was put that had a cardboard top resulting in epiphone chopping a ebony custom to show how it was constructed.
the poster did sand down his pickup cavity and it did indeed look like flame maple.
Thought so The plaintops definitely don't have a veneer and although a lot of people say that the plus tops have a veneer, I'm not so sure. Not sure at all. I have seen something recently that makes me think that they don't. Still yet to SEE any conclusive evidence that shows that they do have veneers.
I'm starting to wonder where this idea came from. It may be the case where some are and some are not. I have an 03 Elite Std Plus and it most certainly does NOT have a veneer. It's very clearly got bookmatched grain from the inside and no evidence whatsoever of a veneer.
Now my 1960 V3, on the other hand clearly does have a veneer. From within, the maple also looks much different. You would not see any evidence of bookmatching unless it were a plaintop on these particular models.
I've heard this before, but never SEEN any evidence of it. I have an Elitist plus top, but it's in another country at the moment so I can't check... but the photos I've seen from others really don't look like there's an veneer. I think the Elite/Elitist legend of the veneer may well be false... it needs to be PROVED, photographically