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#2
You better do something with that figuring. I love lightly figured maple.
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#3
A red transparent finish would be very cool in that guitar IMO.
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#5
leave it without paint. i saw one like thast on the cover of guitar player. and it was super sexy
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#6
This is why-

When I did music live last year I sold my les paul in the pic below. Every gig I've ever played i use that guitar. REALLY wish I'd never sold it and ive tried to track it down but had no luck. This is the only alternative till I find it again-

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#10
Wow I'm suprised to see flaming under there, I would have thought they'd have stained that and called it 5A...




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#11
I say pop the grain, stain it either wine red or a dark blue and oil it.
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#15
Its a shame that Gibson 'waste' their lighter figured tops and put it under that paint. IMO they should have an option on their guitars for high figure or low figure and the ones with solid paint, no figure.
#16
Im really wanted the top to be as plain as possible but its still nice. The top isnt bookmatched, I think they've just used offcut two offcuts that arent thick enough to bookmatch. I like the fact that they dont match, its a bit different.

Im just gonna oil and wax it.
#21
Quote by forsaknazrael
It's really not all that flamed. There's some light striations, but nothing that would look that good with a trans finish, I think. It's really quite plain.
That was kinda my point,

(I was making a joke about how the big companies exagerate the grade of the tops).




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#22
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It's really not all that flamed. There's some light striations, but nothing that would look that good with a trans finish, I think. It's really quite plain.

Ah, I got you now. I thought you were saying how there isn't any figuring at all.
This is the kind of light figuring that I like to see with an oil finish.
#23
Quote by David Collins
thedonutman - that one you have pictured is bookmatched. The stripped black one may be as well, though it's hard to tell. Depending on the cut of the wood, figure and grain can change quite dramatically from one side to the other after carving is done.


Do we both have the same understanding of bookmatching?

From what I know, a bookmatched piece should look something like this:


Whilst I agree that carving can change the grain, it shouldn't change it much at the centre join.
#25
How noticeable are the pickguard holes, and would it be possible to fill them?

Oh yeah, and not that I will, but just in case I decide to in the future, permission to copy your natural les paul with black hardware idea?

EDIT: to the post below me: me too, and it's creepin me the EFF out
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#26
I see a face in that bookmatched piece there O_o
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#27
Quote by thedonutman
Do we both have the same understanding of bookmatching?

From what I know, a bookmatched piece should look something like this:


Whilst I agree that carving can change the grain, it shouldn't change it much at the centre join.


theres like a huge dragon on the top and satans doorway stands in the middle. lastly thers a face that looks like cerberus on the bottom ... SICK
#28
thedonutman: It's not the centre line that grants the pieces the privilege of a good left-right match-up. It's about how little wood thickness you remove. Hence, the area between the pickups will match up almost perfectly, whereas the ass-area and the areas around the edges will have a mismatch that directly correlates to how deep the carve is, no matter if you look at the centre line or not.
#29
^ I too have thought that. I have been staring at the piece of wood for about 10 mins or so lately and I can not find any differences between the two halves.
#30
How noticeable are the pickguard holes, and would it be possible to fill them?

Oh yeah, and not that I will, but just in case I decide to in the future, permission to copy your natural les paul with black hardware idea?

EDIT: to the post below me: me too, and it's creepin me the EFF out

Permission granted, its the only way to go with a les paul custom as far as i'm concerned.
#31
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I see a face in that bookmatched piece there O_o


Hermann Rorschach might have something to say about that..
#32
Thats going to be awesome, i love plain maple top les pauls, plus the natural finish looks awesome.
#33
Quote by David Collins
I'm going to have to say that bookmatched image is highly suspect, and most likely digitally mirrored. Even on the perfect cut of wood, with the thinnest saw kerf possible, and absolute minimal finish sanding, there are going to be some observable changes in shading from one side to the other. From the seam, to the spalting, to the runout, it's just too suspiciously consistent.

I didn't think it suspect because to me it's completely obvious and probably not meant to fool anyone. But I guess some will talk themselves into being fooled by anything.
#34
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Permission granted, its the only way to go with a les paul custom as far as i'm concerned.

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#36
The wood seems a lot more figured from that angle.

So its got the finish on there I suppose? It looks good.
#38
actually, i kinda like that amount of figure, it just looks cool
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#39
Depends on the figure. Could be disease (spalted) or the wind causing it, if i remember correctly
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#40
Spalt is basically rot, flame (I think) is caused or at least affected by the actual growth of the tree (at joint between a branch and the trunk = more flame), quilt I have no idea. No one's really sure what causes bird's eye figuring but study of different maple trees indicates that it's due to stunted growth.

That last sentence is according to a google search so take that with a grain of salt.

edit: now that I think of it, I think what I was told about what causes spalt is that it is disease... I think I'm mixing that up with the fact that you can make spalt by leaving a chunk of maple in a dark, damp spot for a year.
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