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slang05
12-07-2012, 04:14 PM
I was thinking the other day that I have 2 nice guitars that I feel are 10 top quality and for whatever reason, are not. I know some 10 tops should be considered 20 tops cause they are beyond perfection, but I wanna see the nice tops out there that are not 10 tops! Here are mine...http://www.flickr.com/photos/55445007@N04/8253649500/http://www.flickr.com/photos/55445007@N04/8252579007/

rugerpc
12-07-2012, 04:27 PM
Cool - a couple of white on white guitars in a snowstorm....

Just poking at you a little - read this thread and have another go at it... How To Post Pics (http://prsguitars.com/forum/showthread.php?932-how-to-post-pics)

John
12-07-2012, 04:37 PM
https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc6/229134_2066974596901_77744_n.jpg
My friends like my '11 custom's top.

slang05
12-07-2012, 04:43 PM
Cool - a couple of white on white guitars in a snowstorm....

Just poking at you a little - read this thread and have another go at it... How To Post Pics (http://prsguitars.com/forum/showthread.php?932-how-to-post-pics)

Thanks! My tops are see thru! lol

Jet Whitey
12-07-2012, 04:45 PM
IMHO I've yet to see one top this non 10 SC I stupidly sold!!

http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r312/Teasme4764/NEWGUITAR006.jpg

slang05
12-07-2012, 04:48 PM
That is an amazing top! WOW!

markie
12-07-2012, 04:53 PM
Cool - a couple of white on white guitars in a snowstorm....

How To Post Pics (http://prsguitars.com/forum/showthread.php?932-how-to-post-pics)



Hehehe! :biggrin:

slang05
12-07-2012, 04:56 PM
dangit! I still can't get pictures to post!Urgh!

markie
12-07-2012, 04:56 PM
Non 10 top ............................ pretty cool :biggrin:



http://i339.photobucket.com/albums/n480/mark31059/LE/Tremonti%20Tribal/006.jpg

Fbrandw
12-07-2012, 05:00 PM
My '11 Stripped '58.
http://i.imgur.com/jNfPP.jpg

Egads
12-07-2012, 08:23 PM
My P22:
http://i1321.photobucket.com/albums/u549/Egadsgray/P22/P22Front.jpg

Egads
12-07-2012, 08:24 PM
IMHO I've yet to see one top this non 10 SC I stupidly sold!!

http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r312/Teasme4764/NEWGUITAR006.jpg

AWESOME!

themike
12-07-2012, 11:11 PM
http://themikedesigns.com/Gear/IMG_1152.JPG

Fbrandw
12-07-2012, 11:30 PM
^^^^ :rock:

Buildermike
12-08-2012, 06:30 AM
My '87

http://i922.photobucket.com/albums/ad68/buildermike/87%20Custom/IMG_8962.jpg

markie
12-08-2012, 08:02 AM
My '87

http://i922.photobucket.com/albums/ad68/buildermike/87%20Custom/IMG_8962.jpg





Mike,
Have you had the P-ups out of this? You might find a 10 in the P-up cavity.......... :)

11top
12-08-2012, 08:04 AM
IMHO I've yet to see one top this non 10 SC I stupidly sold!!

http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r312/Teasme4764/NEWGUITAR006.jpg

:evil: He must have been involved.

Buildermike
12-08-2012, 08:41 AM
Mike,
Have you had the P-ups out of this? You might find a 10 in the P-up cavity.......... :)

Yes I have and there is not even a "possible 10" written inside. I guess they were a little tough that week on grading tops :o

andy474x
12-08-2012, 11:38 AM
Probably not the point of the thread, but here are a couple nice ones on my SE's... if they graded SE's, I think they would be 10's for sure. A lot of the special run guitars have really nice tops.
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8202/8239850316_9422687baf_z.jpg
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8056/8081064416_e54ebe6dc6_z.jpg

PS - Jet Whitey, that SC is killer! Sorry to hear you sold it!

Hopeful Sinner
12-08-2012, 11:46 AM
Trouble with the SE tops is the flame or quilt part is like a 1/32 veneer, not a solid piece with that kind of figuring...

Mike Duncan
12-08-2012, 01:14 PM
https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/580750_10150737079932412_1898387617_n.jpg

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/398553_10151173222782412_1899119657_n.jpg

andy474x
12-08-2012, 01:31 PM
Trouble with the SE tops is the flame or quilt part is like a 1/32 veneer, not a solid piece with that kind of figuring...

Thanks.

vim fuego
12-08-2012, 04:38 PM
My 88 wasn't marked 10, I do love the top all the same!
http://i846.photobucket.com/albums/ab24/vimsaxes/utf-8BSU1BRzAyMTMuanBn.jpg

slang05
12-08-2012, 05:13 PM
You know what would be cool? If you could file an appeals process with PRS! Lol. Like a 10 Top review committee!

bluefade
12-08-2012, 09:21 PM
What exactly are the criteria for a 10 top,anyhow? Is there a list of specs that the lads at the factory go by?

justmund
12-08-2012, 09:32 PM
What exactly are the criteria for a 10 top,anyhow? Is there a list of specs that the lads at the factory go by?
From the PRS FAQ:

A very small percent of the maple trees cut in North America are actually figured. To make "10-Top" status, a PRS top must have clearly defined figure across its entire top with no "dead" spots. A guitar designated as a 10-Top will usually have a small "10" written on the back of the headstock in the upper right corner. Some of our earlier guitars have the "10" stamped into the finish in the same position.

veinbuster
12-09-2012, 06:22 AM
http://mrpetesays.com/music/images/CK_142KillerQuiltBodyAAA.JPG

Egads
12-09-2012, 09:39 AM
http://mrpetesays.com/music/images/CK_142KillerQuiltBodyAAA.JPG

How is that not a 10?

vchizzle
12-09-2012, 09:48 AM
http://mrpetesays.com/music/images/CK_142KillerQuiltBodyAAA.JPG

Isn't that a killer quilt model? They don't have a 10 on headstock.

vchizzle
12-09-2012, 09:51 AM
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7036/6795698974_39624d7a63_b.jpg

veinbuster
12-09-2012, 10:05 AM
Isn't that a killer quilt model? They don't have a 10 on headstock.

Could be. I call it my crazy quilt.
It definitely does not have a 10 on the headstock.

slang05
12-09-2012, 10:27 AM
Hey! I figured out how to post! Heres my nice non 10 Top
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8057/8253649500_3b8a2eb11b_c.jpg

And to be fair here is a 10 top that I thought shouldn't be..

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8348/8257263225_e1ea153539_z.jpg

JMintzer
12-09-2012, 01:34 PM
http://mrpetesays.com/music/images/CK_142KillerQuiltBodyAAA.JPG

Sure that's not an Artist Package? What's the headstock look like?


Jamie

veinbuster
12-09-2012, 03:39 PM
Sure that's not an Artist Package? What's the headstock look like?


Jamie
It wasn't billed as an artist when I got it.
http://mrpetesays.com/music/images/CK_141KillerQuilt.JPG

JMintzer
12-09-2012, 03:57 PM
RW headstock veneer with (does it have an inlaid signature?) If so, Artist Package...


Jamie

11top
12-10-2012, 10:12 AM
And to be fair here is a 10 top that I thought shouldn't be..

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8348/8257263225_e1ea153539_z.jpg

Why not? I've seen a lot of 10s worse than that one. I like your top.

themike
12-10-2012, 10:18 AM
RW headstock veneer with (does it have an inlaid signature?) If so, Artist Package...


Jamie

Bingo - Artist package!

11top
12-10-2012, 10:23 AM
From the PRS FAQ:

A very small percent of the maple trees cut in North America are actually figured. To make "10-Top" status, a PRS top must have clearly defined figure across its entire top with no "dead" spots. A guitar designated as a 10-Top will usually have a small "10" written on the back of the headstock in the upper right corner. Some of our earlier guitars have the "10" stamped into the finish in the same position.

While I think I understand their thinking, there should definitely be exceptions to that general rule. Take Todd's SC that he posted pics of above. It clearly has some spots that are void of figure, but what they do is tend to accentuate the figure around those spots. I think that is a very cool top, and I would be very happy to have received that as a 10 or even an artist grade.

LindseyP
12-10-2012, 10:27 AM
From the PRS FAQ:

A very small percent of the maple trees cut in North America are actually figured. To make "10-Top" status, a PRS top must have clearly defined figure across its entire top with no "dead" spots. A guitar designated as a 10-Top will usually have a small "10" written on the back of the headstock in the upper right corner. Some of our earlier guitars have the "10" stamped into the finish in the same position.
I'll have to keep looking for the vid, but in it PRSh took some alcohol, rubbed it over a maple blank so the camera could "see" the true, natural figuring. Then he said 10 tops are determined before they are stained. I'm guessing that's so the coloring can't influence the decision.

Jet Whitey
12-10-2012, 10:36 AM
While I think I understand their thinking, there should definitely be exceptions to that general rule. Take Todd's SC that he posted pics of above. It clearly has some spots that are void of figure, but what they do is tend to accentuate the figure around those spots. I think that is a very cool top, and I would be very happy to have received that as a 10 or even an artist grade.

When I showed it to Paul when he was in Seattle....he said " Boy did they blow that one! "

]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T !
12-10-2012, 10:42 AM
When I showed it to Paul when he was in Seattle....he said " Boy did they blow that one! "

Yeah, but there are extenuating circumstances with that particular SC. If memory serves, it's one of the Dirty 30 (AKA Lanahan Specials).

LindseyP
12-10-2012, 11:58 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v410/lindseyp/Axes/DSC_0784B-PHTSHPC.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v410/lindseyp/MyPRS513003b.jpg

Artist
12-10-2012, 12:14 PM
God, your Artist looks like a Private Stock! Looks like you got a great deal!


It wasn't billed as an artist when I got it.
http://mrpetesays.com/music/images/CK_141KillerQuilt.JPG

John Beef
12-10-2012, 12:28 PM
I really dig the tops on both these. Miss that Mira!!

http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee251/johnmfer/DosPRSi/IMG_1614.jpg