1 Proteus 1 month ago While at the Iby site looking over their new Teletypes, I got distracted by their hollerbodies.I'm not interested at the moment in full deep 16" 175-ish singlecuts, but I dug fairly deep into other hollowbody variants, and unless I missed something (and the specs are to be believed), they've got a boatload of true hollowbodies and no centerblocks. Can that be true? Surely not.Anyway, it took a spreadsheet to lay out specs and begin to understand the selection.The AS design across all lines (Artstar, Artcore Expressionist, Artcore) seems to be a morless 16 x 2.5ish doublecut, a la ES-335; • the AM design is a mini doublecut at 14.5 x 2.5ish, • while the AG is a 14.5 x 3.5ish singlecut.Across all those models, there's no difference in scale and neck profiles, and all are 2-humbucker variations. Most have stop tailpieces (there are a few trapezes), and only the AGs have floating rather than stud-mounted bridges.Yet there are 20 distinct model numbers across that range, with a wide range of colors. Where does Ibanez get enough variety to differentiate the guitars?Half of the variety is in the dimensions - 16" (actually 15.75) vs 14" (or so).Much of the rest is wood selection. Ibanez seem to have gone all in on variety in that one detail, with several species which have only recently been (more widely) used in guitars, and at least two (Nyatoh and Anigre) I'd never heard of. In most lines, there are bodies completely constructed of Sapele and Linden, a couple have Anigre, Ash, and Maple - and there's one 100% Ebony (!) and one in 100% Zebrawood. All but one of the models are homogenous builds (where top back & sides are all the same wood); the exception is a single maple-over-linden.(I ask you: is there any reason a guy shouldn't be very curious about the tone of a completely ebony hollowbody?)Neither mahogany nor rosewood appear anywhere in bodies or necks. Necks are either Nyatoh or Nyatoh and Maple; fingerboards are either ebony or walnut.Nowhere (that I can find) does the associated copy describe the tonal or response characteristics of any of the body woods, or how one build might differ from another in sound. (The copy does characterize the neck woods.)What is UP with this? Do these choices reflect new realities in commercially available wood species, a commitment to sustainable harvest, a go-cheap expedient, or experiments in tone?Anyone have experience with any of these woods, and how they compare to the old familiars like mahogany, rosewood, maple, ash, etc?