Plain Top Question

Gtarzan81

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How much are they asking?

I'm sure its a nice guitar, but plain tops like that look like repurposed furniture.
 

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I only ask because you can get lost in the trolling about tops, I have seen said in the past nothing with "flaws" or streaks would have left the factory in the "old days". I thank you all for your insights.
 

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^ Well, they were pretty narrowminded back in the day about what was considered 'normal' or 'regular'. So considering the regular look of wood flawed if it didn't meet some plastic-esque vision of regular grain is pretty much just what you would expect really.

Nowadays of course we generally have a wider ability to look at irregularity and see the beauty.

But mineral streaks are seen actually as a more 'vintage accurate' aspect than anything else......as many of the best bursts have them on the tops
 

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I cast my vote in favor of that top. I'm not a flame-top lover. Subtle flame is fine. Mineral streaking looks cool
 

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I'd go for that over some of the more figured tops I've seen for sale recently: In fact I'm specifically looking for a plain top LP, combined with a thicker neck and they seem hard to find now I'm looking...Oddly when I bought my Gold Top Studio I wanted a slim taper 60s neck and had trouble finding one.
 

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Beautiful!! I’d buy that in a minute

I hate mineral streaks...flawed and ugly...but that is subtle and amazing

Would be proud to gig that
 

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My plaintop is more “plain” but definitely this one looks gorgeous too !
 

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Here's my vintage '59 'burst, which, as you can see, has plenty of (small) mineral deposits and streaks. Although when new, 60 years ago, many of those "imperfections" would have been hidden by a deep red burst. So yes, the one you posted above certainly could have come from the Gibson factory back in the day...if that's what you're asking.




Frank
 




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