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Discussion in 'Historics & Reissues' started by delawaregold, Jul 19, 2013.
Thanks for the info.
what's that type of grain called?
Is this a quarter sawn I guess?
Nice...I would wonder the same thing?
I have to say it is very resonant and lots of sustain for a 2012 ;-)
I would say the maple top is quartersawn.
I found this unique top on Gbase. This is from a 2013 Les Paul Standard Premium Plus with an AAA Koa top.
2013 Gibson Les Paul Standard Premium - AAA Koa Top Desert Burst > Guitars : Electric Solid Body - Jelyfinger Guitars | Gbase.com
What cut was used, and what is the technical name of the grain? From the description this sounds like a flamed veneer over maple, but this is just my interpretation of the listing.
I read the description and see where it "says" Maple top, but then it goes on to say Koa Top and nothing about Veneer...I have seen errors in descriptions before, but this one would require closer inspection or a phone call to Gibson to be sure. Interesting top for sure. As far as the cut....hopefully someone will chime in. Maybe someone knows whether or not they are laminating these now.....
Cool thread. What do they call the kind of grain on my guitar?
Soft red winter wheat. No, dammit, I want to change my answer to hard amber Durum!
Would love to know as well, I have an identical top!
Well its certainly a curl or some kind....
Race track curl ?
Cool top, it is pretty unusual....
The Grain is Quarter Sawn, and the Flame is Pinstripe.
Thank you for this thread Delawaregold! Many of us Les Paul lovers here appreciate your effort and, the information you share.
So this would be a....
Nice Top !
Book matched, quarter sawn.....I think
The center is Quarter Sawn, perpendicular to the growth rings. The Grain is straight and clean.
The edge is Flat Sawn, cut tangentially to the growth rings, exposing the grain at an angle.
I cant think of a way to do this to a round log. (although Im not a wood cutter) My guess is that
this was cut from an irregularly shaped log, perhaps from a vee section where the tree split into
two large branches. It is a spectacular piece of Maple. Very Impressive!
I found the following chart on a maple sales website about a year ago.
Sorry, I didn't keep a link to the site, but the chart may help a few owners with certain tops at least.
"Quittle" seems about right for an r9 I saw the other day.
As a slight aside but still maybe of interest, I'm reading " The Luthier's Handbook" at the mo and it mentions that maple trees are one of the most prone to "sagging" which is what causes this effect in the wood as the tree grows. Nothing that can really be controlled, it's down to things like long hot days followed by cold nights in the region it's growing as well as the high sap content. As I understand it, they basically slump down as you or I would at the end of a long days growing.
Here is a "Scholarly" article on Grain and Figure
Figure in Wood