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- Jul 19, 2019
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So, would you think it would be rated AA or AAA? Even if it’s not to your liking, your rating of As is important to me.It's interesting to read so much obsession with the nature and extent of "flame" with little regard for the overall apearance of various tops. The one in the OP is, IMO, a pretty boring and unexciting top, and whether you list it up or down the AA/AAA borderline where it exists is a trivial and subjective, secondary matter. Ditto, IMO, for the numerous tops with heavy, thin flame but also really unattractive perpendicular grain lines. That straight graining totally compromises the effect of the flame and from a visual standpoint (once you forget about grading the flame and just look at the guitar) is a detriment. Makers are marketing what buyers understand to be good, so we no longer see ribbon curl or wide flames anymore because everyone with a veneered Epi on up is obsessed with flames per inch, high contrast and even mineral streaks (once considered a defect). It's a really formulaic and ultimately boring grading standard, IMO, and yields tops and guitars that all look fundamentally the same. Some of the most beautiful old bursts had irregular tops, variation in presence/kind/degree of flame, etc. These modern tops all look like fotoflame overlaid with too much finish. My most beautiful burst is not a Gibson, and has an arctic birch top with flames that are in places 3 inches wide. It would probably be graded A for failing to look like every other top, but it's the one everybody looks at.
Me. I'd give it AA but it's probably rated AAA. The whole rating system is subjective and I don't put much value on a grading systems someone else devised. It's I either like it or I don't.Ya, but what rating would you give it on the A scale? The rating isn’t affected by how much you like it. A 50 degree day is still 50 degrees whether someone likes that temperature or not. Would you think it’s AAA even if you don’t like it? It seems like you know your stuff.
+1Me. I'd give it AA but it's probably rated AAA. The whole rating system is subjective and I don't put much value on a grading systems someone else devised. It's I either like it or I don't.
I love it more in person. I think the pics online didn’t do it justice. Here it is at home in poor lighting.+1
OP, do you like it or are you unhappy with it? The number of "As" isn't going to change that, unless perhaps you are in a situation where you are trying to return it and the dealer won't take it back unless it was misrepresented?
Seems unlikely since Sweetwater has a good return policy (that is a Sweetwater photo)