Weird thread of the day: Direction of the maple on tops

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  1. hendrik7

    hendrik7 Member

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    I'm sick as a dog at home so I have nothing better to do than check if I'm alone when it comes to preference of direction of flamed maple on guitar tops...

    In my humble opinion a flamed maple top on a guitar is a turn off for me IF the direction of the figuring 'points down' so to say.

    You see, when it comes to guitars I've always found them resemble an arrow, with the headstock being the arrowhead and the body being the fletching(feather part).

    Therefor, everytime I see a guitar like this:

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    I can't help but not want it at all. It's like the 'feathers' are pointing in the wrong direction! I see PRS probably do this the most.

    Respect the arrow and lets all try to move in the same direction shall we!

    Anyone else have an opinion on this? Or have I yet another thing confirming my insanity?
     
  2. mirrorimij

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    When I worked at Hamer we used to call those a Chevron top. We tried not to do that unless it was a specified by the customer.

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  3. 696

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    I think most of us on TGP suffer some kind of insanity :D

    And yes, I don't like chevron tops either, but that's just me as I prefer plain tops much more, regardless which guitar.


     
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    So it has a name!! Interesting!

    "We tried not to do that unless it was a specified by the customer."

    Makes sense to me, it hurts my eyes! I'm guessing these Chevron tops are becoming more popular though? Mr. Reed Smith seems to be very keen on dishing them out at least.
     
  5. Promit

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    Easy solution is to move away from the mediocre looking and heavily overdone flame maple top :hide
     
  6. 2HBStrat

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    Yeah, the Chevron tops look weird to me, too! I actually prefer the flame to be straight across, and not chevron or reverse-chevron.
     
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    The OP's wish for the figure to go the other direction reminded me of that blue boat-wake Standard that was being discussed on HFC the other day... though I guess that was more quilt than flame.
    I agree, and favor perpendicular flame (to the grain, that is) over any chevron top. But not as much as I favor plain tops or opaques. :aok
     
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    No preference as long as it's not quilt.
     
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    jetydosa Silver Supporting Member

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    This thread, even by TGP standards, TRULY defines "first world problems" LOL
     
  12. SPROING!

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    Isn't it? And, while it's not maple, I'll use it to double down against the OP.

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    And I have this chevron under construction.

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  13. Sirloin

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    Is this okay?
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    Same guitar-Another angle. You probably dislike this
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    Or this one
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  14. hendrik7

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    You're pushing it bro
     
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    I don't mind flame maple tops, but I prefer it if the lines go straight across the instrument, perpendicular to the neck axis, with no angle in the middle. Ideally, I wouldn't even want a visible seam between the two halves, but that's not really practical for a book-matched top.

    My '93 Gibson Nighthawk, aside from the very noticeable middle seam, has a pretty good top, I think:

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    I don't like the quilted look. I'm also not fond of birdseye or other "luxury" textures on necks. Plain maple (for Fenders) or mahogany (for Gibsons) will do nicely, thank you.
     
  16. TwoTubMan

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    Depends on how you look at it...:Devil

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  17. NHDave

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    I recently had the pleasure of custom ordering something... and
    was adamant about not a reverse chevron (or at least what I consider
    the OP first shot to be) hate em... That said, a slight downward chevron
    is cool with me.


    I feel the same way about Gibson's reverse flying V, hate em
    and I think other people do too.
     
  18. klatuu

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    I chose this top specifically because of the chevron pattern
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    Dude, your guitar is possessed! Awesome! Do you play Satanic death metal?
     
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    Stunning!
     

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