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    Re: Why are 10-tops typically not book-matched?

    Quote Originally Posted by JMintzer
    In each of those pics, you are looking at the top at an angle. Rotate the top, and the flame will move...
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    I know what you mean, that in some cases, depending on the angle/flash/etc some things will show up while others won't. But on those pics, each was pulled from a series of photos, where in every photo the "interesting" part of the flame as I shall call it, was clearly visible from every angle.

    But as DirtyMoonsRJT said, he really likes those tops, and I'm sure other people do to. I've just become accustomed over the years to most of the time seeing/buying very well matched (from a visual perspective, not a technical perspective) flame tops, and not...

    Where one half of the top had a lot more contrast than the other side, or on one side there was some kind of heavy streak present. And for me, my brain must have some Rain Man type OCD need for parity/alignment/similarity between the two sides of the top, because it really is like fingernails on a chalkboard when I see it lol.

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    Re: Why are 10-tops typically not book-matched?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Ratchet
    Quote Originally Posted by JMintzer
    In each of those pics, you are looking at the top at an angle. Rotate the top, and the flame will move...
    Jamie
    I know what you mean, that in some cases, depending on the angle/flash/etc some things will show up while others won't. But on those pics, each was pulled from a series of photos, where in every photo the "interesting" part of the flame as I shall call it, was clearly visible from every angle.

    But as DirtyMoonsRJT said, he really likes those tops, and I'm sure other people do to. I've just become accustomed over the years to most of the time seeing/buying very well matched (from a visual perspective, not a technical perspective) flame tops, and not...

    Where one half of the top had a lot more contrast than the other side, or on one side there was some kind of heavy streak present. And for me, my brain must have some Rain Man type OCD need for parity/alignment/similarity between the two sides of the top, because it really is like fingernails on a chalkboard when I see it lol.

    Well, if you ever visit the factory, and you see how they -do- book match the tops, you'll understand that it is the variance in the wood, not the lack of book matching that you're seeing...


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    Re: Why are 10-tops typically not book-matched?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Ratchet
    1 and 4 are really good examples...3 is a little tricky and I would hold off judgement until seeing it from another angle, but that one....PERFECT! That center seam is matched from one end to the other. The top isn't exactly what I would pick, but the question is about bookmatching, and it is.
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    Re: Why are 10-tops typically not book-matched?

    This could be a great SNL skit.

    I'm curious about something. If these tops aren't bookmatched, then what are they? Halves from different trees?

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    Re: Why are 10-tops typically not book-matched?

    Quote Originally Posted by PRSHB2
    This could be a great SNL skit.

    I'm curious about something. If these tops aren't bookmatched, then what are they? Halves from different trees?
    They -are- book matched...
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    Re: Why are 10-tops typically not book-matched?

    Quote Originally Posted by LSchefman
    As to one piece tops being unusual, it should be obvious: It's harder to find a single piece of wood that's as wide as a guitar with a nice pattern going from edge to edge!
    They are out there though


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    Re: Why are 10-tops typically not book-matched?

    Quote Originally Posted by Twinfan
    Quote Originally Posted by LSchefman
    As to one piece tops being unusual, it should be obvious: It's harder to find a single piece of wood that's as wide as a guitar with a nice pattern going from edge to edge!
    They are out there though

    You bet, and that's a pretty sweet one!
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    Re: Why are 10-tops typically not book-matched?

    Quote Originally Posted by JMintzer
    Quote Originally Posted by PRSHB2
    This could be a great SNL skit.

    I'm curious about something. If these tops aren't bookmatched, then what are they? Halves from different trees?
    They -are- book matched...
    Oh I know they are. I was only wondering what someone would refer to them as otherwise.

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    Re: Why are 10-tops typically not book-matched?

    Quote Originally Posted by PRSHB2
    Quote Originally Posted by JMintzer
    Quote Originally Posted by PRSHB2
    This could be a great SNL skit.

    I'm curious about something. If these tops aren't bookmatched, then what are they? Halves from different trees?
    They -are- book matched...
    Oh I know they are. I was only wondering what someone would refer to them as otherwise.
    Oh, there's "slip-matched", and yes, some companies (i.e. Gib$on) will use no matched pieces in their opaque top lesters...






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    Re: Why are 10-tops typically not book-matched?

    Even if it's a little off on one side, you'd think they would just airbrush it to even it out, jeesh.

    Or do I have to go Private Stock for that??

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