#1
I'm shopping around for an LP at the moment, and have frequently come across the "A" system for grading the quality of the tops on the guitars, I'm just curious as to what defines an A, AA or AAA top. Any help is appreciated.
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#2
The 'A's are in reference to the amount and quality of figuring in a particular piece of wood.

It goes up to 5A, which is sometimes referred to as 'museum grade'.

Anything from 3A and up usually looks pretty good (not that there aren't any great looking A or AA tops); to give you an example, this is a Godin with a 3A flamed maple top:

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Last edited by Bonsaischaap at Apr 24, 2011,
#6
Ive seen 2A tops which look like 4A tops, how do they grade them!?
#7
My guess is they'll have a picture reference. Then they'll use that so much for each guitar, eventually they'll be able to give an accurate grade without a reference.
#8
Quote by Andy81
Ive seen 2A tops which look like 4A tops, how do they grade them!?

people do it. they look at the wood and make a personal jugement.

so it's not a "perfect science" by any means.
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#10
Quote by JustRooster
This, my friends, is 5A magic:

except prs uses a completely different grading system.

numbers instead of letters.

that's a nice artist or private stock. wowz.
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