Are flame tops corny?

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  1. phoghat

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    They're played out. It's tough to be objective about it because over-the-top flame/quilt jobs have become so common. Personally, I'm over them. I don't think they're corny or ugly, but I'd never buy one.

    ...ask again in a couple years and I probably will have done a complete 180.
     
  2. C-4

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    I started playing in 1957. A couple of years later, my teacher had a '59 LP Standard burst that had flames.

    I was always attracted to that particular guitar.
    My current 3 CS LP's are all flamed to one degree or another, and they are all different, but not intentionally so. They were chosen for their individual tones.

    The very best sounding guitar I ever played was a faded '59 plaintop burst. If I had the money back then, I would have bought it and been totally satisfied.

    When buying a CS LP today, if it has a flame top that's fine. It's like going in to buy an expensive car, which comes standard with leather seats, and asking the dealer if they come with cloth seats instead. I found it better for me to just go with it.

    But, of course ymmv. ;)
     
  3. Carltone

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    about as much as their preference for ketchup or mayo
     
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    I really think it's based on the era you got into guitar. RI bursts do nothing for me, but the newer Slash LPs finished like his Appetite era copy... yes please. I liked how my R9s played and sounded fairly well, but the burst thing just wasn't me. I find my black Classic far more attractive. When I get around to redoing the back in clear, it will be perfect.

    -Mark
     
  5. Yer Blues

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    I like flametops… although my main guitar right now is a goldtop. :cool:
     
  6. TopJimmy5150

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    A subtle flame is nice. Some of the high end stuff put out these days looks goofy.
     
  7. Teal_66

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    I was recently at a Scan Design (high-end Scandinavian design) furniture store looking around, and they had a big dining room table. The thing had a flame top - not the color per se, but that sort of shiny at different angles very expensive wood that you see used in flame guitar tops. It's an amazing effect when you look at it.

    I thought is looked really ugly, and it just came off as super tacky to me. I can see how someone out there might appreciate it, but it's not for me. My Les Paul is a solid cream color, and that works for me.
     
  8. jens5

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    Beauty in Wood...so No.
     
  9. General_Specific

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    Attention Everyone

    Cool kid checking in with what we are allowed to like.

    This has been a public service announcement.
     
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    Flame top bad? Plaid shorts bad? At least tube socks and sandals will always be in style...
     
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    I'm not a fan of the REALLY figured top. A little ripple from certain angles looks cool. I like the figured woods as 'art pieces' but not something I'd want to own unless gifted. But the worst is the photo-flame they put on some lower-medium level guitars.
     
  13. Fr3shMak3r

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    The only flame on my guitars is from my smoking hot riffs :dude
     
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    Only if on headless guitars.
    (and it ain't the flame that makes it corny)
     
  15. JeffK

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    /shrug

    I should have tagged it as "not mine". Edited now.
     
  16. Benny

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    I tend to prefer flame on other people's guitars. My personal best/favorite guitars have tended to be plain tops or painted (gold top/black/pelham blue), though I guess there's a little mineral streaking in my LP. Flame isn't something that bothers me, but it's also not something I'd be inclined to pay extra for.

    I have stronger feelings about flame looking out of place on an ES-175 or an ES-335, but that's just my own sense of taste.

    I would pay extra for a proper set of plaid pants that were long enough for me. At 6'7", most of the vintage stock of such pants make me look like Huck Finn coming into some cash.
     
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    I'm very love/hate with flames. Some of them I love, most I hate.

    I prefer quilt, burl, spalted, or just a natural maple top. Mineral lines a plus.
     
  18. sxcustom

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    flame, blek.
    Burl on the other hand....
     
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    The newer ones don't show that ‘panty line’ anymore; much more discreet than previous versions! Or so says my MIL…
     
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    If you're talking spring trem, they will!
     

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