Can you help me to choose the most beautiful wood for my PrivateStock?

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  1. MrSuperstar

    MrSuperstar New Member

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    Hi guys, I've just received from PRS Private Stock several photos of boards for the TOP and BACK of my future guitar.
    It will be made of an unique piece of wood for the top and another one for back. The variety is flamed maple.
    I'm very indecisive. Which one looks best IYHO?


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  2. shimmilou

    shimmilou Established in 1963

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    Both beautiful! The first looks great for the back, and the second for the top. If you are going for something different on the back, then that first might make a great top.
     
  3. SinSir

    SinSir Mad Scientist

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    Both are great. The first one is more interesting to me. Either would be killer.
     
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  4. alantig

    alantig Zombie Four, DFZ

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    As shimmilou said, both gorgeous pieces. The first (two) would make for a very distinctive top - lots of energy in the grain pattern,
     
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  5. QuiltTop319

    QuiltTop319 New Member

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    I'd go with the first one. The grain should really pop depending on the stain you have selected even if you leave it natural.
     
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  6. toothace

    toothace Zombie Thirteen, DFZ

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    I like top left for a top, and of the bottom set I would rotate the left piece 180 degrees. Either set will end up as a beautiful guitar, worthy of a "Sweet top AND back" from me. Do you like your maple flamed or quilted?
     
  7. MrSuperstar

    MrSuperstar New Member

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  8. cjlloyd

    cjlloyd Not vintage yet

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    For a one piece top I would definitely go with one of the more irregular ones from the first photo, and maybe bookmatch the tight flame for the back
     
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  9. Ovibos

    Ovibos Naughty Wood Librarian

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    The first one feels special to me, and the second like a very nice example of something more normal.

    What stain?
     
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  10. veinbuster

    veinbuster Zombie Three, DFZ

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    I strongly prefer the top one for the top of a hollow body. It has tons of character that flows really well with the f holes.

    Either would be a nice top, but the one it’s the big features will be exceptional.
     
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  11. Bowtiefanatc

    Bowtiefanatc Confirmed Bird Snob

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    The first one is calling for a dragons breath stain in my humble opinion. I like that one best.
     
  12. docteurseb

    docteurseb New Member

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    My advice is not to settle for a set of top/back unless you are 100% happy with how they look.
    Once it's built you'll be stuck with the guitar and a PS isn't exactly a price bargain; the fact you are asking here (and other places) makes me worried you aren't 100% thrilled.

    I wouldn't be in love with either, but that's just me.
    It's also hard to judge from pictures alone, those tops could have exceptional depth but you won't see that unless you can see a video with the light changing orientation.

    Both are fairly dark pieces so I hope it's not for a vivid/bright color as the wood will color cast that and attenuate how vivid the color ends up looking.
     
  13. bodia

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

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    I all over the top one. But, I dig unusual grain patterns.
     
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    markd21 New Member

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    The top one. It is perfect for a hollow body.
     
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  15. 11top

    11top Cousin Eddie's cousin

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    The top examples would make a nice gloss natural. Or maybe a honey fade.
     
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  16. docteurseb

    docteurseb New Member

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    Actually, if I were into the tighter curl pattern the 2nd set would work for me….
     
  17. MrSuperstar

    MrSuperstar New Member

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    I asked for more samples (all in the style of wood #3). I want a top with the straightest and most intense flames.
    I prefer to be fussy, annoying and indecisive now - before spending 15k on a guitar - rather than feeling remorse forever.
    The top must drive me crazy, otherwise I will not complete the purchase
     
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  18. Draconomics

    Draconomics Celebrating 15 years of bad tone

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    I totally get you. If I was gonna blow 15k on a guitar I too would be picky as hell. I say, if you are gonna get that invested in a custom guitar, shoot for the moon baby!
     
  19. 11top

    11top Cousin Eddie's cousin

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    Personally, I’d go for a book match rather than a 1 piece top:

    1. Much greater selection
    2. Less expensive
    3. It looks better (if you select a piece that will book match well).
     
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  20. Austin_Taunt

    Austin_Taunt New Member

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    Was about to say you should ask for more examples but I see you already did. For PS prices you need to be blown away. Get exactly what you want bc that’s the whole point of the program.
     
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