Favorite flame top

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  1. ECWEagles

    ECWEagles New Member

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    Agreed, I remember my first ever ding (caused by someone else) and it just made me feel sick. I think its actually kind of liberating though, as you tend to baby it less. My PartsCaster has some lovely belt rash that I'm quite proud of!

    Had a major scare with my Martin D18 though when I found what I thought was a serious crack in the soundboard. Tech confirmed it was only in the lacquer though.....!
     
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  2. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    Never say never! I live in hope!!

    James Taylor has an acoustic guitar in his personal collection, the top of which is paper thin in one area from constant playing. It’s unstable now and can’t be played.

    Check out the top of Tommy Emanuel’s acoustic!

    IMO a guitar is a “tool to do a job”, yeah you don’t have to beat it up. Ok if you’re a collector then you want them pristine, but it’s all about why you have them/want them.
     
  3. Solteroblues

    Solteroblues New Member

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    Not a great pic, but my 2014 CU24 10-Top and my 2016 Gibson Traditional... (alongside my ESP Mystique, which has a fantastic quilt veneer in its own right...)
     
  4. Tonart

    Tonart Tone of the Art......or is that backwards?

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    I really should have used the title ‘favorite flame top’ instead. Very nice! That’s a real deep shade of whale blue!
     
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  5. Andrew Paul

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    Funny you say that, I was told when I bought it it was Whale Blue but looks more like an indigo. I think in writing in pickup cavity said Whale blue when I changed pickup rings. I’ll check again when I do a string change. ;)
     
  6. Tonart

    Tonart Tone of the Art......or is that backwards?

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    That actually a good thing as it gives more blue to fade. PRS blues have been noted to fade out quite aggressively when exposed to light.
     
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  7. Tonart

    Tonart Tone of the Art......or is that backwards?

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    Wow I did not know thread titles could be changed! All for the better. ‘Best’ is too subjective.
     
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  8. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    Maybe “Best favourite” ?! :D
     
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  9. Dusty Chalk

    Dusty Chalk alberngruppenführer

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    I like the ones in this thread, because they remind me of Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures.
     
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  10. Tonart

    Tonart Tone of the Art......or is that backwards?

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    Wow. Your best bet would be a PS with a 3 piece top. Quilted maple in the middle, tight curly maple at the sides. Now that’s an idea.....hmm
     
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  11. Dusty Chalk

    Dusty Chalk alberngruppenführer

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    It actually happens quite naturally quite often, the hard part is getting the stark contrast between rings...that's where the artists at PRSHQ come in...
     
  12. Tonart

    Tonart Tone of the Art......or is that backwards?

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    It’s a matter of habit and culture I guess, and I believe anyone can adopt either mentality (player mentality vs collector mentality) once you’re exposed to it.

    Some apply the player mentality to some guitars in their collection, and the collector mentality to yet other guitars.

    It sometimes is dictated by the guitar. Take this one for example:
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    It would make me more happy NOT playing this guitar than playing it. Simply owning it and getting to take it out to gaze at, knowing what it could do IF I played it, would bring out the endorphins in waves.

    For me, the playing aspect of guitar ownership has never been about the guitar anyway. It’s really about me and how musically I play. It’s about my mind, and that is a constant. Leaving aside really unplayable dodgy guitars of course.

    So in that sense, I’m as happy playing an Epiphone or a PRS Collection guitar. I’m VERY happy playing a Bernie Marsden. :)
     
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  13. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    Maybe a Santana? The middle section between the two pickups in a blow your mind quilt?!
     
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  14. Tonart

    Tonart Tone of the Art......or is that backwards?

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    Hmm now that you mentioned it, I believe it’s already been done before..
     
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  15. flux

    flux Centered and One

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    My favorite in recent memory. Yowza.

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  16. Tonart

    Tonart Tone of the Art......or is that backwards?

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    Wow! That looks so much like the last collection series guitar.
     
  17. Tonart

    Tonart Tone of the Art......or is that backwards?

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  18. g.wizz

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    Hubba Hubba
     
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  19. rnodern

    rnodern Just one more.....

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    2004 Custom 24 10 top - Blue Matteo

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    1989 CE 24 10 top - Vintage Burst
     
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  20. Andrew Paul

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    Absolutely beautiful top! I love the 3-D look the horizontal grain and the vertical grain! Awesome!!
     
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