Les Paul Plain Top vs Plus Top

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  1. Dannyelectro

    Dannyelectro Senior Member

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    B'lieve my plus top is an '02 from the Saein plant. Always wondered what color the top is though. Not quite as orange as these pics look.

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  2. lp_junkie

    lp_junkie Senior Member

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    It's a cherry burst. Saeins cherry wasn't as red as some of the others.
     
  3. Dannyelectro

    Dannyelectro Senior Member

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    Never though of it as cherry burst (too dark and too brown for CB "in the flesh").. but I guess that makes sense. Back/neck are definitely dark red.

    Thought maybe it was cinnamon burst.

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  4. lp_junkie

    lp_junkie Senior Member

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    I am looking for pics of my Saein LP Classic the finish is almost identical.
     
  5. ACELUEK

    ACELUEK ACE FREHLEY'S BASTARD SON

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    Epi plus top..
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  6. Hope

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    I love plus and I own one. But still, plain top is badass too. ;D
     
  7. weirdotis

    weirdotis Senior Member

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    I'd go either way, as long as it played nice. There is a vibe about plaintops though that I like.
     
  8. standard man

    standard man Senior Member

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    I love my plus top, but Im really gassin for a plain top.
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  9. TKOjams

    TKOjams Senior Member

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    plus tops all the way!!!....if you're gonna see the wood through the finish, it should be something beautifully figured. Otherwise just paint it

    What can I say, I'm a sucker for figured wood and I totally love spalted tops.Something ya don't see enough of on LP's JMHO
     
  10. The_Sentry

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    Just so's you know...we are debating veneers here. :laugh2:
     
  11. Silly_Sam

    Silly_Sam Senior Member

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    Flametop veneer looks like a washboard to me.
     
  12. nbeersiii

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    Depends on the color for me but I like plain top honeyburst.
     

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    The_Sentry Senior Member

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    I really like those a lot myself, nbeersiii.

    Nice guitar. :)
     
  14. LEFTY LES

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    When I bought my Epi I knew nothing about Les Pauls. I bought a plus top and would never have if I knew about plain tops.
     
  15. Philogynist

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    Dear Mr. Monkey,
    I have owned both in the past and I am here at this forum because I used Google to help me try to make this very decision today when ordering my new Les Paul this afternoon..
    To answer your post, I finally ended up choosing the Plain top for my new baby, and here's why;
    The plus top was a little more expensive..
    The Plain top is, to me, a guitarists guitar, it is to be PLAYED, it's not a decoration to make my room look cool, it's not for display on my living room wall beside a Rembrandt, and while the plus tops certainly look very cool and i had a very hard time making the decision as to which one to take outta my cart and which one to pull the trigger on..
    The final decision came down to what a guitar is ultimately used for, the SOUND, not the looks, or the cool factor, but that buttery smooth tone that either/both guitars offer.. and with this in mind, i chose to save the fifty bucks (maybe i can spend the $avings on a distortion pedal or something) and ordered the plain top...
    I stared at both pics and have held and played both guitars and hemmed and hawed over this decision for a week until this afternoon, when I decided that it is, the player and the sound, after all, that is the important thing.. and with this in mind, I chose the plain top thinking maybe i might spend a little less time polishing that awesome tiger grain wood, and more time practicing my licks on the no nonsense, workhorse, that IS the classic Les Paul Standard in Cherry Sunburst with a painted top....
    Decision made, and I am gonna be ecstatic when it arrives. :dude:
    (i was even looking at the Ultra and Ultra ll)

    But in the end it was the extra dough in my pocket for the same sound outta the strings that i went with, the practical choice, and the right choice, for me, for now, forgone, be-fore, i went crazy trying to decide between the two...:lol:
    Be groovy, and thanks for the cool pics everyone. they were instrumental (pardon my pun) in helping me to decide the plain top looked just fine.
    Perry in Florida
     
  16. Orange Lester

    Orange Lester Senior Member

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    Be glad you made your decision. Epiphone has sadly discontinued the Plaintops.
     
  17. harpman54

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    Hmmm, I think I tend toward.........

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    .....just a little bit of figure in my guitars. So put me down for Plus Tops.
     
  18. paruwi

    paruwi Kraut-Rocker Super Mod Premium Member

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    He can't hear you....

    and you would have got more sounds with the Ultra II

    :D

    oh, and welcome here :wave:
     

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