10-top with growth rings

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  1. veltro_205

    veltro_205 New Member

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    Hi guys,

    what do you think about complete growth rings on a top? [​IMG]
    (photo take on the web)

    I don't understand if they are sign of quality of the top or not.

    I see them also in a 10-top, could be?

    Thanks,

    Veltro
     
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  2. Andrew Paul

    Andrew Paul The cat's meow

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    I think it adds to the character of the top! Awesome!
     
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  3. toothace

    toothace Zombie Thirteen, DFZ

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    I think they look great!!
     
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  4. veltro_205

    veltro_205 New Member

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    If you look at the high level PRS like as "Private stock" series... they don't have growth rings... this is my doubt about them :)
     
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  5. xjbebop

    xjbebop Yippy ki yay!

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    If it was bookmatched better, it would be very cool....
     
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  6. Mozzi

    Mozzi https://imgur.com/user/BAMozzy

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    I have growth rings showing on a couple of my guitars - although on one they don't show up well on Photo's. The other however is very clear...

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    and this isn't a 10-top and neither are any of my PRS. I think this is my most interesting top though....
     
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  7. Boogie

    Boogie Zombie Two, DFZ

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    Rings are gorgeous. Besides, if you like it, who cares about others?
     
  8. ScottR

    ScottR If nobody saw it, it didn't happen.

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    Exactly what @Boogie said. I dig 'em but it's all about what you like.
     
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  9. gush

    gush She said "huge bag of dibs".

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    That isfreakin beautiful!!!
     
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  10. veltro_205

    veltro_205 New Member

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    It's no a matter if I like it or not, I'd like to understand if the growth signs are a distinctive mark of high-quality, low-quality or "it's the same".
     
  11. shinksma

    shinksma What? I get a title?

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    I think they add a whole other level of character. Like mineral streaks or "swirls" in the flame or quilt.
     
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  12. shinksma

    shinksma What? I get a title?

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    Oh, then:

    It's the same quality wood (understand that all wood is different to some degree or another). Just featuring a different aspect of the wood's character.
     
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  13. jak3af3r

    jak3af3r Slightly Older Than New Member

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    It depends on what metric you're using to define quality.

    The appearance of the rings is dependent on how the board used for the tops was cut. A quarter sawn piece will show, depending on the size of the tree and board, straighter lines.

    A rift sawn piece is likely to be the same in appearance as quarter sawn.

    It's when you plain saw a log that gets boards with parts of the whole rings visible because you're cutting across the top of the arc of the ring.

    Bookmatching growth rings becomes difficult the more the top is carved unless the center of the ring is aligned with the center-seam of the top. Even then, you might not get a good match since tree trunks aren't always circular.

    But it would be cool and Mozzi's SSH is close. Not to mention beautiful.
     
  14. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    I think they're hot! I'd own this thing all day.
     
  15. WA Paul

    WA Paul It’s ok...I’m with Manny dog

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    I dig it! Shouldn’t impact the tone either way.
     
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  16. Boogie

    Boogie Zombie Two, DFZ

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    Simply put, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It’s the purest form of subjectivity. But I’ve personally never considered rings or mineral lines to be a ‘sign’ of one thing or another. If it enhanced the aesthetics to you, it’s an asset. For example, for me, boat wake patterns with slight quilting don’t do it for me...would never buy one. Chevron flame is completely different, and like it quite a bit and would pay a premium over the former boat wake. But is is a higher level of quality? Do you mean visual aesthetic quality or tonal quality? On the former, no, the latter, has nothing to do with visual qualities.
     
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  17. Timmy

    Timmy New Member

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    Beautiful!
     
  18. Mikegarveyblues

    Mikegarveyblues Cream Crackered

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    Well I wouldn’t say no...

    Lot of character in that top!
     
  19. Davey

    Davey TV remote CEO

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    I like that top Veltro 205.
    For variety sake, mine is a 10-top. Its far from a perfect book match and the growth rings are hard to see in some lighting and they are all over the place, but that's why I dig it because of the randomness of it.
    As others have said, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.


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    #19 Davey, Feb 13, 2020
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  20. matonanjin

    matonanjin New Member

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    Yes, it is @Mozzi . That is one gorgeous Special SH!
     
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