More plain tops these days?

jlb32

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I love the flame tops but seems very few Les Pauls with burst colors Gibson produces these days have plain tops.

Standards, Traditionals, Signature T, R9's, R0's and even a lot of R8's seem to all be pretty flamey.

Anyone wish for more plain tops? Just wondering. I personally love both.
 

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I like plain with some character, such as interesting grain. Going through this myself as I'm going to buy a 2013 R8 and have quite a few choices...
 

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I just adore m!ne ... :thumb:
 

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I really love plain tops. Something raw and simple about them that I really like.
 

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Nothing wrong with a nice looking plain top, it does seem they don't make as many anymore.
 

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There was a study where they measured the time a guitar player spend playing with out distractions and the concluding result showed higher scores ranked with in plainer looking tops then those that showing flamed figuring.

So a plain top will actually give you more play time and make you a better player then a flamed top.
 

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^^^ I don't know if that makes a lot of sense to me -- I don't just stare at my PRS, and that has a 10-top -- but I do love a plain top on a Les Paul. More subtle than the giant flames, and I like seeing the grain patterns more than just a giant figured top.
 

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My guess is that it's very simple.......demand.

I like a plain top with some cool grain or flecks myself, but at the end of the day, I'm going for flame when I buy.

I imagine marketing has done their research, and if the demand were higher, the production would increase. It would also be much easier on them, as the wood should be much easier to come by.
 

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I haven't seen many plain tops with decent (interesting) wood grain.

I'd love a good plain top, just have seen so few.
 

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I like plain with some mineral flecks in it. Subtle figuring is also cool. I like an old looking top...

I just pulled the trigger on a new 2013 R8 in a dirty lemonburst finish with light figuring and some mineral marsk. Pics look like what I am describing, but I'm not going to bother posting them until I get my hands on it for an eval.

But from what I have seen, 2013 tops are not "plain" in general.
 

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Plain tops are better value for $$.............. that's a subjective statement
that not all will agree with........but suits me just fine:laugh2:
 

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I have a plain top. It's a G0. I don't play it very often because my figured tops just sound better. :naughty:
 

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freebyrd 69

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Plain tops are better value for $$.............. that's a subjective statement
that not all will agree with........but suits me just fine:laugh2:

As much as I love the flame tops, I can't argue with you. Same build process and materials, lower cost.
 

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I'm one of those weird people that prefers a plain top over flamed.

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What is the guitar above ? An R0 ?????
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I like both types . I've found the better sounding guitars I have played have been Plain tops . But that's just me . At some point it doesn 't matter much what the top is . If you get a great guitar and are looking for 1 to buy. You take her home .

The natural look of the growth patterns gives a (imo) more Earthy feel to the guitar .
 

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I'm one of those weird people that prefers a plain top over flamed.

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Plain...I call that interesting.I don't like flame I like interesting grain.Still I own an 02 flamed R8 and it butter scotch which I dislike. so why you ask do I have a flame...because when I strummed the first chord a D ..I went holy shit this is it! That is what truly matters I think we'd all agree.
 

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I have a plain top. It's a G0. I don't play it very often because my figured tops just sound better. :naughty:

I wish that was the case for me. I bought my G0 because like many I couldn't afford a flamey R0, but damn that G0 sounds and plays great.
 

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