Maple Top Natural Edge: Some get it, some don't.

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by HANGAR18, Nov 2, 2019.

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Which do you prefer: Natural Edge or not?

  1. Natural Edge

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  2. No Natural Edge

    6.8%
  1. HANGAR18

    HANGAR18 What Would Evel Knievel Do?

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    What exactly determines whether a guitar body will receive a Maple Top Natural Edge or not? Does it depend on the ability of the stain to stay in place, or a rule which says all XYZ models will have a natural edge, or do they just make it up as they go?

    All my McCarty 594's (and SC245) have a natural edge but not all of my Custom 24's have one.
     
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  2. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    Hangar, I think they do it mostly by finish color, though there are exceptions. F’rinstance, most Black Gold guitars have a wrap edge. However, I have a WL 594 in BG that was spec’d with a scraped edge, and the 594 Soapy I have has the usual wrap. The old Vintage Amber Bursts were wrap. Etc.

    You left out an option on your poll, though. I like both scraped and wrap, and don’t really have a preference.
     
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  3. HANGAR18

    HANGAR18 What Would Evel Knievel Do?

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    I hadn't had my morning Diet Coke yet when I made the poll.
     
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  4. Antmax

    Antmax New Member

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    My SE floyd cu24 has one and I really like it. I got some of those guildford maple pickup rings since I didn't like black on a fire red burst. Darkened them with some semi gloss finish so they are close to the natural edge binding and really like it. Does need to yellow slightly, I read that it would darken and yellow naturally over a year or two. So they are slightly lighter for now.
     
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  5. andy474x

    andy474x Knows the Drill

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    I'll also take either depending on the finish - on some darker finishes it would just pop in a way that may not be as appealing.

    That being said, I'll take a natural edge, reveal or not, over binding, any day, same on necks. Don't care for binding much at all. It wouldn't keep me from buying a guitar, but I prefer it to be without. I'll suffer through it on a 594, I'm sure :)
     
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  6. 11top

    11top Cousin Eddie's cousin

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    I like both, depending upon the guitar, but I’d normally pick the natural edge.
     
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  7. Mozzi

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

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    I much prefer to have a faux binding than no binding - and I think its better with both top and back....

    [​IMG]
     
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  8. HANGAR18

    HANGAR18 What Would Evel Knievel Do?

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    That finish is STUNNING!!
     
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  9. merciful-evans

    merciful-evans Portsmouth uk

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    o_O uhh... no idea!

    I'm now wondering what mine is.
     
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  10. Going Modal

    Going Modal I should be practicing right now.

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    I'm not gonna log my vote that I like "no natural edge" versus natural edge, because it really varies--with most of my votes going towards natural edge. BUT... I've gotta say, I just snagged myself a new Custom 22 with one of the "smoke wrap bursts" that fades to black and then continues black on the back & neck, etc. This is a really cool look, and I have to disagree with all the "wrap" finish haters out there. It's got its place, and looks awesome in the right contexts.
     
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  11. Ovibos

    Ovibos Unsure why all necks aren't rosewood

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    I prefer the natural binding, but I’ll take either over the little layers of white plastic other brands do.
     
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  12. Malloc

    Malloc New Member

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    I get it.

    [​IMG]
     
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  13. 21Hemispheres12

    21Hemispheres12 New Member

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    I usually prefer the natural maple binding but my Custom 24 has something cool that I don't think I've seen on more than a handful of other PRS. It's basically a smokeburst wrap but the binding is color matched to the top, it's a pretty unique look.

    [​IMG]
     
  14. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    That’s cool and loving the quilt.
     
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  15. gush

    gush She said "huge bag of dibs".

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    I love the maple showing. I have a black burst ce22 with wrap finish that I wish was showing the maple. Its I cool guitar so I accept it the way it is.
     
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  16. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Get in, loser, we’re going shopping.

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    Not a fan of the wrap. If it’s a Standard an opaque, that’s totally cool.

    Violin Amber is the least offensive of them all though, and I suppose I’d be pleased to own one of those.
     
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  17. Going Modal

    Going Modal I should be practicing right now.

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    OMG, that's awesome. Now I want one, too!
     
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  18. Huggy B

    Huggy B Hmm... kinda tangy.

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    Natural maple binding is what sets PRS apart from actual ivory plastic binding guitars, my HB has it, and the concept itself is total class. My HB SGLCUT doesn't though it looks fine, for a mahogany top.

    ...... but I'm not gonna lie, I like a full wrap finish more, just on the uniqueness level alone.

    [​IMG]
     
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  19. drdoom8793

    drdoom8793 THAT guy at Chick-fil-A

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    If it were up to me, they would all get natural edge and natural back. Love me some nice mahogany!
     
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  20. ElrytNamrogo

    ElrytNamrogo My name be scrambled

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    Hmmm...I was thinking about this the other day, and it seemed like the overwhelming majority preferred the natural edge. Looking at how the votes stand as of now, it still seems to be the case.

    I like both, really. All of my guitars have the natural binding but I absolutely would not mind having a wrap finish of some sort added to the collection. As others have mentioned, Black Gold Burst looks great with a wrap finish. Back when PRS did Sapphire Smoke Burst, that looked good with a wrap finish, too.

    I will say, I prefer natural backs on my guitars, so sometimes a wrap burst doesn't quite jive with a natural back....just kinda depends on the finish, I suppose.
     
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