Why do we go gaga over Flame Maple tops?

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  1. zebraprs

    zebraprs New Member

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    I often sit here and look at all the guitars we all sell back and forth. And I find myself drooling over some of these sick Flame Tops. But why? I don't know.. Are they nice? yes obviously... But really why do we go gaga over Flame Maple? Do you actually look at your guitar when you are platying and go "SWEEEEEEET" or is it for when they are hanging on our wall we can go... Woah!!!!
     
  2. markie

    markie Zombie 27 - DFZ

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    (D) All of the above :rock:
     
  3. DRM_777

    DRM_777 New Member

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    Probably the same reason we like to stare at boobs.......they are awesome to look at!
     
  4. Boogie123

    Boogie123 New Member

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    Well said!

    QUOTE=DRM_777;39930]Probably the same reason we like to stare at boobs.......they are awesome to look at![/QUOTE]
     
  5. Gnal

    Gnal New Member

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    I look at my flame tops, and think, "Woah, that looks smoking hot... I need to play it right now!" then pick up the guitar.

    Its usually the look that inspires me to play, then because they play so well, it inspires me to look again (different guitar) which inspires me to play again. So the cycle repeats itself.

    The few I have are all in different tunings so I can settle on one guitar some days and bounce back and forth others.

    I like flame and quilt top but given the choice I have always purchased flame because I think flames look great in every color.
     
  6. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    Who knows? But it's obviously fascinated musicians for a long time; here's a Stradivarius from 1704, note the flame back and neck (the top of course is Spruce):

    [​IMG]
     
  7. gush

    gush She said "huge bag of dibs".

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    I have a beautiful top on my cu24, I can just stare at that flame for hours. I do the same thing in old houses that have generous amounts of woodwork. We stayed in a B&B mansion last year that had mexican tobasco mahogany. I could not stop looking at it. I go crazy looking at the PS guitars too. I cant explain why.
     
  8. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc I like to party, mmm hmm, everybody does.

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    Flame maple costs more, so it must sound better, so I like it more.
     
  9. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    Human beings have used natural products for a couple of million years; I think there's an almost instinctive attraction we have for unusual beauty in things crafted from nature.

    I also think we're naturally attracted to symmetry, and of course bookmatched woods are based on that idea.
     
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  10. Solocaller

    Solocaller PRS Faithful

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    I wonder sometimes if it has to do with our natural desire for the best things. It is awesome to own a guitar that is superb in tone, but if it looks good while making that great tone....Then I guess thats like having your cake and eating it too
     
  11. Brad737

    Brad737 This space for rent...

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    Amazing, especially when you realize that violin is over 300 years old! My D'Angelico is basically the same woods. I don't play her all that often, but every single time I do, I fall in love with the tone all over again.


     
  12. Jet Whitey

    Jet Whitey New Member

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    E. None of the above!
     
  13. zebraprs

    zebraprs New Member

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    Does that mean you don't go gaga over Flamed Maple? or you have another reason???
     
  14. 11top

    11top Cousin Eddie's cousin

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    I was a fan of figured wood before I was a fan of guitars. I got that honestly from my dad who collected exotic wood his whole life.
     

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