Blemish on Private Stock Top

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  1. Shizzrock

    Shizzrock New Member

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    So I've been in love with how my guitar plays and sounds, and the worksmanship is exquisite. But there's this wormtrack right on the focal point of the guitar that's kind of driving me crazy. I know it's impossible to see inside the wood, but I've never seen another top with this kind of mark before. Is this common? Do they usually downgrade these tops and because I picked it out I'm SOL? I just wish I got a heads up about it, after waiting so long it kind of muted my excitement. Has anyone had something like this when they built their PS?

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  2. WA Paul

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

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    Possibly a mineral streak, or some other naturally occurring feature to the wood? I see two of them in the photo. My 594 has a streak on the right side of the top. If you look under the bridge pickup, you can see how there’s a light blue line running horizontally across to nearly the neck pickup.

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  3. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Silver pants make me wanna dance.

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    Megan Fox has stumpy thumb nails, I think I could get over that too.
     
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    Tosca Death by a million mini-toggles...

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    Glide-bpm We were small but we were slow...

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    She has arms???
     
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    jfb Plank Owner

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    The better half thinks she is hot and I would not debate that. Though I might prefer a different look, I would definitely be down as Player 3.

    Back to the guitar. There appears to be another line just NW by a sausage tube. Are these the only lines that you have questions about or are there more and these are the most pronounced? Can you post photos of the whole fiddle?
     
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  7. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Silver pants make me wanna dance.

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    You’re thinking of Sherilyn Fenn in that Boxing Helena movie.

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  8. ViperDoc

    ViperDoc Plugged In.

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    Only the tree knows.
     
  9. pac90

    pac90 New Member

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    its maybe stress cracks in the wood, but given its a partial sine wave, I think its a good omen
     
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  10. shinksma

    shinksma What? I get a title?

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    I don't know how I would feel about this.

    On the one hand, it reminds me that wood is natural and blemishes are a part of what makes wood different from "organic plastic", shall we say. And the quilting of the maple is a blemish on a much larger scale, if you will.

    On the other hand, if it is the One Obvious Flaw that stares at me every time I pick up the guitar, it would bug me and I'd want it gone.

    On the third hand, maybe you could have an inlay done, like the tiny dragon on the West St Ltds, that incorporates or replaces the blemish.
     
  11. jfb

    jfb Plank Owner

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    I remember watching that movie ages ago with the better half when we first started dating.
     
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  12. Shizzrock

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    There's some other marks but this one is just right there in your face. I have another thread when I first got it with a bunch of pics, but those hide the marks for the most part. Here's a couple more:

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  13. Shizzrock

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    I went through that same line of reasoning lol. I've just never seen these marks on other tops, but it's probably apropos for me since I am also flawed.
     
  14. Rockmark

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    It is an omen. Look at your avatar. You willed this in subconsciously. Leave it and love it, it's great.
     
  15. jfb

    jfb Plank Owner

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    I think it is just how it looks, man. Up close, I agree, it looked a bit odd. Now that I see the whole guitar, I think it is definitely feature opposed to flaw. That top has a metric ton of character.
     
  16. bodia

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

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    I'm with Jesse on this one
     
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  17. Parralax view

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    If you got to choose the wood for the build, the spot was probably invisible until stain was applied, it seems to magnify any beauty or blemish. Unless it's a complete disaster to you, personally, I would just live with it. I have several on my Cherry Sunburst McCarty and unless I bring it up, they go unnoticed. Your call.
     
  18. ViperDoc

    ViperDoc Plugged In.

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    Every piece of wood takes color differently. Furthermore, these tops are carved, so you only get to see the final appearance after carving and sanding. Billet selection is just the tip of the iceberg. There’s no telling what you would find on any other top. I think it’s part of the natural beauty that confirms how sonorous an invention can be made from a tree trunk that once only blew in the wind. Plus, no ones going to see it, dude. Especially you when you’re playing it. If it’s a museum piece, that’s one thing. If it’s a rock machine.... then rock on!!!
     
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  19. shinksma

    shinksma What? I get a title?

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    Now that I have seen the whole top, I'm with Jesse and bodia - it "fits in" with the rest of the top, that type of wave is all over adding a fantastic character to the wood, that particular one just happens to stand out a tiny bit more.
     
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  20. WA Paul

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

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    Still looks stunning to me! Love that color and figure.
     

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