Opaque 10-top?

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  1. wfwhite

    wfwhite New Member

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    I came across a CU24 in an opaque color that caught my eye. The hang tag indicates a 10 top, but the headstock does not have the "10". The serial number on the guitar matches the hang tag, so I am a bit confused. I don't question the trustworthy-ness of the retailer, it just seems like a oddity to me. Does anyone know if PRS has offered opaque 10 tops in the past?
     
  2. garrett

    garrett knows just enough to be dangerous

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    That's not a thing. Sounds like a factory error on the hang tag.
     
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  3. wfwhite

    wfwhite New Member

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    That was my thought as well, since it seems like a waste to cover good grain.
     
  4. DISTORT6

    DISTORT6 NJ Devil

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    Must be one helluva paint job.
     
  5. ViperDoc

    ViperDoc Plugged In.

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    The "10 Top" grading does not disappear if PRS decides to spray the top. It seems a waste to do, but it is possible you could have a "ten top" underneath that spray job, for sure. I suppose you could only appreciate it if it had scrape binding.
     
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  6. Dusty Chalk

    Dusty Chalk alberngruppenführer

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    I did, indeed, see an opaque paint job that was declared a 10-top. It was a purple artist package, I think it was from the "dirty" Paul's Guitar collection. This was many years ago. I actually bought it from Guitar Center and returned it, because there was something wrong with the pickups/electronics/don'tknowwhat. It sounded really muffled -- like more muffled than just "it needs new strings".

    They said, it was probably a 10-top underneath the paint. XD

    I couldn't justify keeping it.

    It was freakin' beautiful, though. Just the perfect hue and shade of purple, very understated and professional looking like.
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    "I don't know if it was worth five dollars, but it was a pretty frickin' good milkshake!" -- John Travolta
     
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  7. RickP

    RickP Established 1960, Still Not Dead

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    Some tops are so good, they are factory-protected from sun exposure. :)

    Looks like a hang tag mistake, as it would be on the headstock too.
     
  8. 21Hemispheres12

    21Hemispheres12 Old Member

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    I’m pretty sure my SSH has a 10 top that’s opaque. Here is the tag in the bridge pickup cavity.
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    My guess is something went wrong during staining and they decided just to paint it black instead of scrap it. It wasn’t marked as a 10 top on the hand tag or headstock though so it’s purely speculation on my part.
     
  9. 11top

    11top Cousin Eddie's cousin

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    While an interesting question, that little “10” is pretty insignificant as a wood grade indicator. Unfortunately, in reality, it does make a difference in the secondary sales market.
     
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