Why no plain maple?

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  1. cshore

    cshore New Member

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    I would kill for a McCarty or 594 or SC with a plain top. Don't think I've ever seen a PRS with a plain top though. Why not? It's definitely a great look.
     
  2. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Too Funky

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    Plain maple has a lower nutritional value.
     
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  3. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    Even though PRS on this particular Earth is known for its figured tops, and selects its maple with the best figure, the PRS on Bizarro Earth is known for its plain tops. All you have to do to get one is travel inter-dimensionally!

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    Just put on these new running shoes and this nice track suit, climb into your bunk, and wait for the aliens who run the spice freighters to other dimensions to come for you. They will come if you wish hard enough.



    As a boring, "this Earth" alternative, you could go Private Stock.

    Be sure to ask for the "minus ten top option."
     
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  4. Whitecat

    Whitecat Goes home to Starla

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    There are opaque colours of course, and the tops that go under those are the lowest visual grade (although you can often still see some flame on the scraped binding).
     
  5. jeffgoobs

    jeffgoobs New Member

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    They absolutely make [made] a color called "Natural," which is simply a clear coat.

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    Edit: I just realized that I most likely misread your question. Are you asking is PRS makes guitars with non-figured (i.e. plain, un-bookmatched, etc.) maple tops? The answer to that is no. If you're asking if PRS makes guitars with straight opaque colors... yes, they do. Which did you mean?
     
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  6. CantankerousCarl

    CantankerousCarl Occasionally Onery Member

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    I'm hearing Paul's voice from an interview clip saying "because you wouldn't buy it!"

    But maybe...we would?!? We wood?

    I suspect that since figured maple is such a PRS staple, it might violate some unwritten brand tenet.

    But hell, what do I know?
     
  7. clasbtenn

    clasbtenn New Member

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    I'm sure there is some wood, someplace in the factory that is plain maple. I believe that it might be a special order, however, as was stated previously in this thread.
     
  8. Boogie

    Boogie Zombie Two, DFZ

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    I think one of the workshop tables had a plain maple top. Otherwise, even their pencils have figuring. ;)
     
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  9. Dusty Chalk

    Dusty Chalk alberngruppenf├╝hrer

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    Every time I type 'maple' on my phone, it offers up 'syrup' as a potential for the next word before I start typing anything.

    Mmm...maple syrup top...
     
  10. gush

    gush She said "huge bag of dibs".

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    Dude, take it ALL the way.....mmmmm.........maple bacon top!
     
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  11. wardog

    wardog What the gravy and cheese!!!!

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    i think they use the plain maple to help the shy figured maple confidence level ( the non-top 10 ones);)
     
  12. AP515

    AP515 Mostly Normal

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    Some of the older CE's had "less flame" maple tops but I don't think any had none.
     
  13. toothace

    toothace Zombie Thirteen, DFZ

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    Maybe on the opaque finish guitars that have a maple top?


    And I second the maple bacon top!
     
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  14. Dusty Chalk

    Dusty Chalk alberngruppenf├╝hrer

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    That's actually quite brilliant, I can picture it. A natural finish between two bacon red finishes.
     
  15. clasbtenn

    clasbtenn New Member

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    I just thought of something. If someone saw this "plain top" PRS, might they not think it to be a forgery or Asian copy, since all USA made PRS guitars are at least a wee bit figured?

    Come on...a little figure on the top will not harm you in the least. ;)
     
  16. JustRob

    JustRob Zombie Six, DFZ

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    My son and I fell in love with the HB bass Eric had in the discussion area near the amp display at Experience. Natural finish. Wanted to buy it on the spot but it was a prototype and I was told I'd have to fight Paul Miles for it.
    So I'm waiting... And bulking up, just in case. ;)
     
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  17. bodia

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

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    I thought you said all the way.....maple bourbon bacon top!
     
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  18. yankeebulldog

    yankeebulldog I don't like to get that specific

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    Speaking of this.....Has anyone spotted a 594 in the wild that has an opaque finish or even a non-10 top?
     
  19. Ovibos

    Ovibos Naughty Wood Librarian

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    I have an SE Singlecut in Natural. It has an interesting cross-hatch pattern in the veneer, instead of a true flame or quilt.
     
  20. garrett

    garrett knows just enough to be dangerous

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    The world positively NEEDS a goldtop 594. Lots of them, in fact.
     
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