Where is Gibson Getting This Wood - AAA I Don't Think So

zdoggie

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I entertain myself by going to wildwood guitars and shop ,can't really afford to pull the trigger on the ones I like.

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I have a trad hp and standard hp with AAA tops…
they are whacky flamed out.
gibson must use a black dye then sand it back before paint/dye

anyhow, a standard 60s is a borderline plaintop

when Gibson sells AAA they generally should look like this:
(and u pay more…those 60s standards are great prices but u would pay more for AAA)

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I would say my 2009 Trad, is a AA top. If you turn her from side to side, the top gets more flamey, or less flamey, depending on the angle.
I have one from the same year. To me, that's kind of how I would describe a AA top.
Other examples of AA's include the ones that have flame from any angle, but not as flamey from some angles.

I really think Gibson shouldn't call many of the current ones as "AA flame"
 

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this is a totally run of the mill standard 50s:
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im still staring at it 3 hours later
the striping between the pups is especially gorgeous…

that’s a spectacular top and PERFECT fade on the burst…whoever painted the fade is/was a master


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this is a totally run of the mill standard 50s:
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I see guitars with far less tops described as AAA. This one says AAA+ if not 4A, if we are going on this made-up marketing gimmick talk :laugh2:
 

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I just looked and it appears as though Zzounds seems to have the best tops by far, especially when considering price, on all the 50s/60s LP Standards. Funny thing is their 'select' AAA tops and their regular tops are both $2699, and you'd be hard pressed to tell the difference if you didn't know the title of the page your were looking at.

Wildwood has 90+ LPs in stock, with most of them being the 'select' version. I wonder how long these might sit for...I kept looking and looking but didn't really see any tops that stood out (yes, they had one crazy figured one about a month ago that other forum members here rightly noticed as well and it sold quickly). I know that their version has some other features...a special finish color, special pickups...whether people will find that to be worth $300 extra compared to other offerings we'll have to wait and see. I remember when none of us could find these guitars for sale anywhere! Now, it seems supply is stacking up with the price increases. Should be interesting!
 

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I see guitars with far less tops described as AAA. This one says AAA+ if not 4A, if we are going on this made-up marketing gimmick talk :laugh2:
yeah I would personally classify this as AAA. I have only one AAAA 1960 reissue and that top is unreal.
 

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im still staring at it 3 hours later
the striping between the pups is especially gorgeous…

that’s a spectacular top and PERFECT fade on the burst…whoever painted the fade is/was a master


-chris
Yes this is the best painted tobacco burst I have ever seen! (psssst. I have it listed for sale too)
 

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So around mid to end of November, the tops started to turn around for the better. I got this one the end of November and received this guitar the beginning of December.

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AAA tops are kinda mind blowing…I have a few and they are on a different planet than my AA tops

here’s a couple of mine

-chris


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