I have wanted a custom built multiscale 7 for a while and may have a chance to order a Kiesel DCM7 soon. I am not sure which body wood or finish to order to go with the standard neck and pups they offer. Because I am cheap, and already have some sexy looking natural wood guitars, this one will be a simple but efficient, blacked out metal machine! This will be my first neck-thru, and I have no clue how the 1-piece maple neck (tung oil finish) and ebony fretboard may work with alder or mahogany. I’m leaning towards a solid wood body without a top wood option (no sense paying for attractive wood if it’s painted). I will either order a clear gloss finish, or the ultra thin raw tone (not sure). I’m looking for lots of clarity, punch and sustain, and love a versatile guitar. For metal, I crave punch and clarity for fast rythym riffs, and a great big wall of sludge that sustains for minutes on slow parts. For reference, if my Les Paul (2013 Trad Pro II) could handle C-standard down to drop-A (with the EB cobalts or elixer 10s I run) I wouldn’t be considering a Kiesel (she’s too perfect as is to run heavier strings and widen the nut slots). It is by far the brightest (and heaviest) sounding LP I have ever played, but rolling off the tone and volume knobs gives it such a great, old woody tone you might think it could catch fire! So versatile, it does everything from Cream to old Metallica (stays in E standard). If I could detune, it could growl and scoop like classic Corpse too... I hear the Kiesel lithiums are a bit scooped sounding so swamp ash may not be the best bet (I like some mids to accompany my low end growl amd screaming highs). What do you think? Alder or mahogany, gloss or raw tone? Aside from these two options I have made up my mind based on cost, and what my collection is missing as far as guitar types (no neck thru or multiscale in my collection) and most of the options will be standard (aside from in-line reverse headstock, beveled edges, and tung oil neck). FWIW, it will be a studio guitar. I’m an ogre and don’t mind the weight of my LP.