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I wouldn't say 1 piece bodies are better than two or three piece bodies. If any thing you might have more chance of cupping with a one piece. Looks might be a factor if you are using a trans finish. Bookmatching either body wood or top wood or body wings is to mirror the grain or make it look like you opened the wood like you would a book.

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The reason I was asking this question was because the Epiphone Elitist line specs booked matched mahogony on the SG and LP models. I don't see this spec on the USA Gibsons and was wondering how they differ?
 

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Not sure about the Gibson models but when they are offering booked matched if you really read the ad ... there are two types wood. One for the front and a different for that back. These are thin pieces of wood glued on to some thing else.
Spend some time in the Luthiers section of this forum and you will get a better understanding of how things are constructed.
 

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re Gibson, I've heard that Classics are now coming with 2 piece backs, I don't know about Standards.

While one piece is more desirable, I don't think I'd sweat it. In theory better backs = better tone, but in reality, if you like the guitar, who really cares if it's a two piece back?
 
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