MIra with Maple Top vs Santana

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  1. shinksma

    shinksma What? I get a title?

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    I've seen the occasional Mira with a maple cap up for sale on Reverb - just spotted another recent listing, which fired some neurons that triggers the question:

    Sonically, what differences are there between the maple-capped Mira and a "typical" core Santana? I started this post thinking there weren't all that many differences, but I see now they have added up.

    Is it the 25" vs 24.5" scale?

    Does the pickup/control routing do that much for tone?

    Did the maple-capped Mira come with the same "Mira" pups as the non-maple-capped version? (The one I see on Reverb has had a pickup swap.)

    Does adding the maple cap add thickness back to the body? Or did they thin out the hog portion proportionally?

    Neck thickness? Wide thin vs Santana carve?

    Otherwise they are both hog body maple capped, hog neck, RW fretboard.

    Just curious - maybe this could be an outlet for @sergiodeblanc 's recent so-called "Satisfaction" with his current herd.
     
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    Aahzz Bluebeard Member

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    Mira would have either Wide Thin or Regular neck carve. The maple top versions came with the same pickups (which are great, IMO) and was the same thickness as the mahogany version.
     
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  3. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Interesting questions! I've never seen a maple capped Mira, nor did I know they existed. I would think the body thickness would be the same, so less hog. Wide thin vs. Santana would certainly be the case (or Reg). I would assume standard Mira pick ups.

    I always thought Mira is to Santana as SG is to LP. That's just my tiny brain rationale, though. Looking forward to what others have to say.
     
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    sergiodeblanc “Evil” Sergio. You can tell by the goatee

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    Dunno, since I’ve never played a maple top Mira.

    But if I compare my all mahogany West Street to my all mahogany Mira, I’d say the body mass, trem, and especially scale length make enough of a difference to chose one over the other.

    I mean, they’re somewhat interchangeable because in the end they both sound and play like guitars but,... otherwise I’d say they’re very different.
     
  5. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Completely agree. Now I'm one closer! I got you bro!
     
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    I like your Mira better than any I have ever played :) might just be the 57/08s in it but it also had a better neck than mine :)


     
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  7. shinksma

    shinksma What? I get a title?

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    Oh yeah, forgot trem vs wraparound hardtail.

    OK, so there are a few core Miras bouncing around that I now have GAS for. Again. But I still wonder about a rosewood neck McCarty or 513 or something...(see my thread from a couple months ago)

    OTOH, I just messed around with my SE 277 Semihollow (with soapbars), while reviewing some work emails, and came up with a nice doomy-sounding riff/chord structure. Maybe I should just play my existing stock of guitars more?
     
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    sergiodeblanc “Evil” Sergio. You can tell by the goatee

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    Yeah, I do too! It’s totally the Regular neck carve.
     
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    sergiodeblanc “Evil” Sergio. You can tell by the goatee

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    Better buy something just to be safe.
     
  10. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Always solid advice!
     
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    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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  12. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Em7 deus ex machina

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    My Mira Korina has a regular carve and 57/08s. I will attest to it being a great combination.
     
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  14. shinksma

    shinksma What? I get a title?

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    Hmm, better not let my wife see this thread. I have a core Mira I found on Reverb bookmarked, pretty good price, but that McRosie itch is still there...

    btw, there are a few of you folks with "Zombie xxxx, DFZ" in your avatar tag and/or sig line. I obviously missed something. What's that all about?
     
  15. DreamTheaterRules

    DreamTheaterRules Julie's back!

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    Now that I like my regular Mira so much, I'm especially haunted by the blue flamed maple top one that I could have bought NEW for about the same price, a few years back. And, had the wifes blessing to buy it when I showed it to her. WTH was I thinking?
     
  16. Bowtiefanatc

    Bowtiefanatc Confirmed Bird Snob

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    I have the same but with wide thin neck. It's a glorious guitar.
     

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