How many A’s would you give this flame top?

dscottyg

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Per the Gibson website my 16 Standard is a AAA. :dunno:

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When it arrived, it looks way better than online. It really does seem like AAA now.
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"R8" grade, according to custom shop.
2018 hard rock maple R8
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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).
Eh, probably not. I think it's because many guitar companies source curly maple from the same vendors. Gibson have less of a chance to get the best tops. I was surprised to learn from the ex custom shop employee in this forum (was in charge of wood selection) that Gibson source more than 90% of their curly maple from Washington state, which, not so coincidentally, is where PRS get most of their maple from too. No wonder those R9s look so consistently flamey every year. Maybe not the best, monster top stuff, but consistently flamey nonetheless.
 
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