I own a number of guitars and basses, nine right now. of those: both basses, two of my electrics and one acoustic have maple necks... that's more than half. Three electrics have mahogany, and one (Martin) acoustic has a laminated neck that's also an innovation, also a departure from traditional tropical tone wood, and also works great, stays in tune really well, and contributes to awesome tone and sustain. Leo Fender figured this out in like 1948, about the time I was born. Maple solved several problems in neck making. It's been in constant production ever since. Something Ol' Leo got right the first time. Other guitar makers were steeped in tradition, but Fender was a practical man. I think it's great that Gibson is regularly issuing guitars with maple necks. I have two recent Gibsons with maple, and they both sound and feel great. Maple necks rock! And the new ones with 24 frets are extra cool.