- Apr 16, 2011
- Reaction score
There's no definitive grading standard. You would have to see if you can find how Gibson happened to grade it. IMO, the grading of tops is pretty much a +/- one letter deal --- what someone calls AA others might call A, orhters AAA. To me, yours is a AA or AAA top with no further precision possible. I'm an outlier on this because I do not like the precise, pinstriped, narrow figure tops that people rate most highly. I like the wavier, thicker curls that lose some of their symmetry when the topwood is carved away to make the great 3D conturs of a LP. You don't see that stuff anymore -- just the same old, same old exactly bookmatched find patters that every veneered cheapie also duplicates. I think your lucky that yours isn't even more tight and precise.