One piece tops

Discussion in 'Electric Instruments' started by Le'on Ragdoll, Jan 22, 2014.

  1. Le'on Ragdoll

    Le'on Ragdoll New Member

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    Hey guys
    I'm new to the forum, so I'd just like to start by saying hi! I'm based in Australia and I've been playing PRS guitars for 8 years now. My number one instrument at the moment and the article of discussion is my McCarty; I got the guitar off eBay on a whim and I've been stoked with it ever since. It's been around the world, played in every climate imaginable and generally abused and it's still rock solid. However, the first thing I noticed was that the top is a single piece of lightly figured maple. Here's a picture of it basking in a field somewhere in rural Missouri.

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    ..and a gratuitous action shot \m/.

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    How common is this, how many people here have a guitar with a one piece top and does anyone have much to say about how this would affect the tone of the guitar?
     
  2. pjdude

    pjdude New Member

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    Nice axe!! I have a y2k McRosie, with a one-piece-top, that I just love to death also! What pickups do you have in yours?
     
  3. themike

    themike New Member

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    Welcome to the forum man! Killer guitar and by the action shot it looks like you give her a good run for your money! \m/

    One piece tops aren't common, but they do happen. I would say unless its a limited edition guitar, a one piece top would help you retain value instead of adding to it. My only one piece top is on a 513

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  4. MOBirds

    MOBirds New Member

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    My 1 piece Black/Gold Custom 24:

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  5. JRod4928

    JRod4928 New Member

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    That is the only other guitar I'd want other than the charcoal quilt I have! I love 1 piece maples.
     
  6. toothace

    toothace Zombie Thirteen, DFZ

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    I had an SC250 with a one-piece quilt top, same finish as yours…traded it for a 408.
     
  7. veinbuster

    veinbuster Zombie Three, DFZ

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    I haven't noticed any impact on the sound with my one piece tops, but they sure look good.
     
  8. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    The one piece tops are beautiful. No effect on the tone, though.
     
  9. ViperDoc

    ViperDoc Plugged In.

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    That action shot is priceless. Nice one, dude!
     
  10. Daniel

    Daniel New Member

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    I like the look of one piece tops (and backs) but can't detect a tonal difference from a two piece.

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  11. Spikedog007

    Spikedog007 Life is good, it really is.

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    CantankerousCarl Occasionally Onery Member

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    Le'on - great guitar and great shot. You McCarty has probably seen more action than all of my PRSes will ever see, combined.

    There are some sick looking tops here...love the 59/09 ME and the diagonal figuring on that 408MT...
     
  13. jfb

    jfb Plank Owner

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    Always cool to see the travel a guitar takes owner to owner. Nice axe dude.
     
  14. Le'on Ragdoll

    Le'on Ragdoll New Member

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    Thanks for all the replies guys, there are some absolute stunning guitars here!
    @pjdude they're Seymour Duncan Seth Lovers that I've had wax potted. I swapped them out of another guitar and had them kicking around so I thought "why not". They do the job very nicely. I've got them hooked up with a 1Meg volume pot as well, so they're a little brighter as well.
     
  15. Le'on Ragdoll

    Le'on Ragdoll New Member

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    That diagonal quilt! Good lord!
     
  16. clmazza

    clmazza Bullet the Blue Sky

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    Love 'em....
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  17. yankeebulldog

    yankeebulldog I don't like to get that specific

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  18. Tosca

    Tosca Zombie 10, DFZ

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    I only have one...but I want more....
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  19. Danerada

    Danerada Goatee Practitioner

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    That is INSANE!!!!


     
  20. Hopeful Sinner

    Hopeful Sinner Angry Southern Gentleman

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    This thread is killing me...
     

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