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#1
I used to think they looked great, but lately I'm finding them over done and kind of tacky/cheesy looking. Sometimes I see a really well done one and I think it looks great, but overall I am getting burned out on them.

My Godin Icon has a solid Mahogony top with a beautiful finish, and I find it much sexier than most of the flame tops I've been seeing lately.




Anyone else feeling this way or is it just me?
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#4
Prs top = meh, alright
Carvin or Suhr top = zomfgbbq giiieef!
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#6
No, not really. But I do appreciate other things besides that.

I just picked up a mahogany soapbar and think it looks great.



But I still totally love the flame on my Modern Eagle...



Heck, I've even been looking at some goldtops as well as solid black (with binding) types recently.
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#7
Need more solid bright colours
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#8
burnt on flame?

awwwwww.

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#9
Quote by richardlpalmer
No, not really. But I do appreciate other things besides that.

I just picked up a mahogany soapbar and think it looks great.


But I still totally love the flame on my Modern Eagle...
Heck, I've even been looking at some goldtops as well as solid black (with binding) types recently.


I have a goldtop too :-p

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#10
It depends on how well it was done...seeing a flame maple top with an awesome dye job where they book matched the pieces perfectly is impressive. You do see way too many cheap veneers that don't line up and look dumb.

This looks Sexy:



This looks Cheap:
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#11
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burnt on flame?

awwwwww.


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Thats what im talking about!
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#12
Quote by LordPino
Prs top = meh, alright
Carvin or Suhr top = zomfgbbq giiieef!


I like the solid tops on the ct4 better than the flames on the ct6 carvins, altho I do have to agree about Suhr, theirs are always done tastefully and I think they always look great.
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#13
Mahogany grain, plain maple tops and relic'd solid colour finishes for me.
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#14
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#15
Quote by gregs1020
burnt on flame?

awwwwww.


ibanez listens.


Oh god yes. Yours?

Also, to TS: Yes, sometimes. Especially on the overkill of random, mediocre quilts and flames like on LTD's and Shecters.
The modern eagle Richardpalmer posted is right up my alley though.
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#16
Quote by guitarguychris1
I have a goldtop too :-p


That's hot!

I think in general though, the nicely done flames/quilts are spectacular so they end up getting a lot of attention. And because of all that attention it can start seeming like everyone's getting them. So I can see why someone would start feeling burned out on them.

But that's just the nature of the beast. Seeing a solid color might not seem as spectacular so they get overlooked. You can lay out 100 solid colored guitars of the same model and they look completely identical. But if you do that same thing with a flame, quilt or any degree of wood showing, each one appears unique.
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#17
^ or?
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Thats what im talking about!

oh hell yes.
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#18
Ive always preferred natural wood finishes, but i really like well done (nee not overdone) flamed and quilteds.
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#19
Quote by Y00p
Oh god yes. Yours?

no it's one of the new premiums that just hit the store by me.

it's hawt though for sure.
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#20
Quote by richardlpalmer
That's hot!

I think in general though, the nicely done flames/quilts are spectacular so they end up getting a lot of attention. And because of all that attention it can start seeming like everyone's getting them. So I can see why someone would start feeling burned out on them.

But that's just the nature of the beast. Seeing a solid color might not seem as spectacular so they get overlooked. You can lay out 100 solid colored guitars of the same model and they look completely identical. But if you do that same thing with a flame, quilt or any degree of wood showing, each one appears unique.


True, I guess it all does depends on how its done. If its a really well done color on a very nice flame it looks great, but I don't think solid colors are any less spectacular, or bursts on some mahogany with the grain slightly showing is sexy.
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#22
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Meh. I don't fap over finishes to begin with.
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#23
Quote by gregs1020
no it's one of the new premiums that just hit the store by me.

it's hawt though for sure.

Oh, pity, I thought it was one of the old pink ones.
#24
I've only seen one flame top I can admire, and that was on the Gibson Dark Fire Les Paul. Holy crepes was that a nice finish. Even better in person.

But other than that... just meh. I like solid, dark finishes.
#25
Quote by guitarguychris1
I like the solid tops on the ct4 better than the flames on the ct6 carvins, altho I do have to agree about Suhr, theirs are always done tastefully and I think they always look great.


I have a ct6 with a quilt top Carvin's quilts look really good.
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#26
The same exact reason why i instead LOVE ash tops

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#27
Quote by guitarguychris1
True, I guess it all does depends on how its done. If its a really well done color on a very nice flame it looks great, but I don't think solid colors are any less spectacular, or bursts on some mahogany with the grain slightly showing is sexy.

I don't disagree. And I hope I didn't come across as bad-mouthing solid colors, either. I love guitars -- and don't really care what flavor they come in.

Here's my Stat. I loved this color and think the instrument was awesome!



But I have to be honest -- when posting a NGD thread this doesn't end up getting a whole lot of "ooohs and ahhhs". That's fine though, I know mine was better than any of the others made just like it.
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#28
Quote by Heilz
The same exact reason why i instead LOVE ash tops


That is awesome! Ash is very cool (but then again, I'm a fan of many kinds of tops, finishes & woods...)
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#29
This sounds a lot like threads on my fiancée's make-up board.
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#30
Quote by Heilz
The same exact reason why i instead LOVE ash tops



Stained ash is actually one of my favorites.
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#31
Quote by guitarguychris1
Stained ash is actually one of my favorites.


Then your tastes may as well be full of win kind sir
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#32
Hell no. I think that natural wood grain is more beautiful than anything man-made. Solid colors will always play a big part of guitar design, but natural wood finishes with or without color are far more appealing to me.

For one thing every one is different, and they have a 3D kinda holographic "depth" look to them. They seem to move and shimmer as you look at them from different angles. Carbon fiber weave does the same thing.
#33
I think solid flashy colors are overdone, tacky and cheesy. But too thight figure isnt good neither: this is good.
#34
I prefer stained wood, or exotic wood like burl walnut, but I also like bright fender colors, not the cheap ibanez kind of colors. I also dig rosewood necks
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#36
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whats the term for lots of rings in the figure? i like that.

Birdseye? Burl?
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#37
Quote by richardlpalmer
Birdseye? Burl?

kinda like the figuring on ashe woods, except more round.
#38
Quote by n1ckn1ce
I think solid flashy colors are overdone, tacky and cheesy. But too thight figure isnt good neither: this is good.



PRS tries to hard.

I hate finishes like that^^^

and all the new fender selects.
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#39
I love a good quilted PRS, but damn if I don't think Carvins and Suhrs are just ugly. I don't know if it's just that I dislike their body shapes or what, but they've never appealed to me. Give me a PRS McCarty any day.
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#40
I like quilt a ton, especially bursts, and flame when it's a 1 piece. Can't stand flame when it's not symmetrical and has the line up the middle of the guitar.
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