Not that it's all that important, even if I'd prefer the neck of my guitar being made from hard maple rather than much softer mahogany. The recipe from the shop where I bought it says maple neck, bought in September 2012. The serial number says it was made in May 2012. The 2011/2012 catalog from Epiphone says that the neck material is mahogany for the SG Specials from that period, but the 2013 catalog says that they used hard maple for the necks of that model by then. Now would it be safe to conclude that the recipe from the store is indeed right and that Epiphone had changed to using maple necks for the SG Specials by May 2012, or does it look like the recipe might be wrong and that the neck is made from mahogany like the 2011/2012 catalog from Epiphone suggests? I have had the neck off once, and from what I remember, not exactly being a wood expert either, it looked like maple and not mahogany, but I might very well be wrong.