- Jan 16, 2021
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Actually, I know that PRS does exactly that. They sort them all out on delivery. I also know that Gibson sorts wood by weight, saving the lighter wood for higher end models (I found that out on this forum - there is a photo from the factory with the weight guidelines posted to a wall.) I’d be very surprised if Gibson didn’t sort maple by figuring too.I almost have faith that Gibson wouldn't care about expending the effort to try to sort out all the plain tops and save them for 50s Standards.
Agreed, I think it’s a mistake. Doesn’t make sense to switch the standard 50’s to plain tops and keep the standard 60’s with flame top since they’re priced the same. They’d have to raise the standard 60’s price or drop the standard 50’s price to match that accordingly.As someone else astutely mentioned, it could be a mistake. Also, with the new edited description, the Gibson.com pictures have yet to be updated to showing a plain (i.e., not AA) top.
That's a fair point, I was being a big facetious, just a little ragging on Gibson. I think the weight thing is a custom shop deal, however.Actually, I know that PRS does exactly that. They sort them all out on delivery. I also know that Gibson sorts wood by weight, saving the lighter wood for higher end models (I found that out on this forum - there is a photo from the factory with the weight guidelines posted to a wall.) I’d be very surprised if Gibson didn’t sort maple by figuring too.
I think you are right.Sorry, I didn't realize you were being faceitous and took you literally - the uncertainties of communicating online... Anyway, I don't have any proof of it obviously, but I predict it's temporary. Probably supply related, but even if it's not, you can always depend on Gibson to tweak the specs year to year. I think there's too much demand for figured tops on USA Standards with fat necks for them not to meet it.
Correct. The 50's Standard didn't advertise AA tops. I remember well in June 2020 when I was comparing them against the 60's model that the 50's didn't note the top. For some reason that memory just stuck with me.I could be wrong, but I don’t remember it ever stating anything about flame/grade. I go on Gibson a lot to drool over guitars. For some reason I always look at the specs even though I know what they are. Specifically any 50s style guitars. I don’t even look at anything I know has a 60s neck. I could be wrong, but I doubt they’re only doing them in plain tops exclusively.