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    Burst of the Month, August 2017...0-7595 What do you call this type of maple figure?

    I was talking to the owner on Saturday and he asked what term is used to describe the type of "flame" in his 60 Burst. Obviously not a plain top, but not stripes and not "flamey" as we usually use this description.





    The best I could come up with was to say, it has "action".
    When it is not plain but there is something there, you will see "movement" in the figure as the angle changes. The common 3-D effect of figured maple.

    Whatever it is called, it is certainly not plain and it is very beautiful!

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    Re: Burst of the Month, August 2017...0-7595 What do you call this type of maple figu

    Interesting how light the fretboard is. Reminds me more of what I see on many late 60ies Gibsons...
    Also, is there something off on the right stoptail stud? Looks really high up.
    Beautiful guitar still!

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    Re: Burst of the Month, August 2017...0-7595 What do you call this type of maple figu

    Thanks for sharing, Tom.

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    Re: Burst of the Month, August 2017...0-7595 What do you call this type of maple figu

    Very nice Tom .Could the bass side look a little like birdseye maple ? The treble side I think I would call it lightly figured maple .

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    Re: Burst of the Month, August 2017...0-7595 What do you call this type of maple figu

    Quote Originally Posted by El Gringo View Post
    Very nice Tom .Could the bass side look a little like birdseye maple ? The treble side I think I would call it lightly figured maple .
    I don't see any birds eyes anywhere on the top.
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    Re: Burst of the Month, August 2017...0-7595 What do you call this type of maple figu

    Great looking Burst Thank you for sharing Tom !
    He was a sonic disaster, thinking hours of practice would make up for stock pickups, poorly carved top and The wrong glue !

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    Re: Burst of the Month, August 2017...0-7595 What do you call this type of maple figu

    Looks like a top with mild figuring to me, Tom.
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    Re: Burst of the Month, August 2017...0-7595 What do you call this type of maple figu

    That looks like borderline quilted maple to me.

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    Re: Burst of the Month, August 2017...0-7595 What do you call this type of maple figu

    It looks like waves of fire ,like looking at the sun.

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    Re: Burst of the Month, August 2017...0-7595 What do you call this type of maple figu

    When there's action, but the description would fall outside of the different categories of flame, I just call it a "figured burst".

    Nice one!


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    Re: Burst of the Month, August 2017...0-7595 What do you call this type of maple figu

    BTW: These two photos are from Gruhn's ... I think it was 2013 maybe?

    Many of the photos at BurstSerial are from that ad: http://www.burstserial.com/index.php?/category/1378
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    Re: Burst of the Month, August 2017...0-7595 What do you call this type of maple figu

    Light curl???
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    Re: Burst of the Month, August 2017...0-7595 What do you call this type of maple figu

    Mottled?

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    Re: Burst of the Month, August 2017...0-7595 What do you call this type of maple figu

    I'd call that very cool and very distinctive. Gorgeous Burst!

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    Re: Burst of the Month, August 2017...0-7595 What do you call this type of maple figu

    I was thinking the same thing as Charlie for the bass side. Mottled. Maybe even lightly quilted.
    Light figure on the treble side.

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    Re: Burst of the Month, August 2017...0-7595 What do you call this type of maple figu

    Windswept wildfire is what it reminds me of.

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    Re: Burst of the Month, August 2017...0-7595 What do you call this type of maple figu

    I call that "Bubbles & Clouds" flame.

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    Re: Burst of the Month, August 2017...0-7595 What do you call this type of maple figu

    http://www.lespaulforum.com/slubarti...le/figure.html

    ran across that....I stick with light curl.
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    Re: Burst of the Month, August 2017...0-7595 What do you call this type of maple figu

    Watery flame?

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    Re: Burst of the Month, August 2017...0-7595 What do you call this type of maple figu

    I'd call it "good enough for me" ...
    "I feel a whole lot more like I do now than I did before.".

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    Re: Burst of the Month, August 2017...0-7595 What do you call this type of maple figu

    kinda reminds me of undulatus cloud formation

    http://www.frankdeboosere.be/vragen/vraag219.php


    beautiful and very unique looking to me

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    Re: Burst of the Month, August 2017...0-7595 What do you call this type of maple figu

    Partly cloudy.

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    Re: Burst of the Month, August 2017...0-7595 What do you call this type of maple figu

    Dig partly cloudy- very descriptive.

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    Re: Burst of the Month, August 2017...0-7595 What do you call this type of maple figu

    I have a couple of modern ones that are similar. I call it quilted flame in my head.
    Renderit, You have an interesting perspective and your posts aren't boring...
    Ren, all in all, I'm giving you a C- today's posts...
    Most of what you write with regards to my posts is cryptic nonsensical gibberish like this. I would prefer if you actually added something to the conversation but hey, I haven't walked in your shoes. So being as nice as possible: I look at your posts as if I was dealing with an eccentric cousin who comes to visit unannounced.

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    Re: Burst of the Month, August 2017...0-7595 What do you call this type of maple figu

    Quote Originally Posted by renderit View Post
    I call it quilted flame in my head.


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    Re: Burst of the Month, August 2017...0-7595 What do you call this type of maple figu

    "blistery curl"

    Great example of Sugar Maple figure.

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    Re: Burst of the Month, August 2017...0-7595 What do you call this type of maple figu

    Chameleon curl.........maybe?
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    Re: Burst of the Month, August 2017...0-7595 What do you call this type of maple figu

    spamalade

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    Re: Burst of the Month, August 2017...0-7595 What do you call this type of maple figu

    Amazing how far off the centre line the maple join is on these late '60s! I can't think of a deliberate reason Gibson would do such a thing, seeing as all the top carving was fixed and indexed, and any deviation would have to deliberate

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    Re: Burst of the Month, August 2017...0-7595 What do you call this type of maple figu

    That's basically a combination of a mild quilt, mild flame, and a mild blister top.

    So it's a Flisterquilt

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    Re: Burst of the Month, August 2017...0-7595 What do you call this type of maple figu

    Looks like the top seam is under the "G" string.. Tailpiece.. I think in 1960 the angle of the Stoptail was corrected to be equal on both sides. It had been slightly angled towards the high "E" on the Treble side and was corrected to be equal on both sides from the bottom of the body. So it gives the illusion of being off when in reality it's not..
    BTW, absolutely beautiful guitar!

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    Re: Burst of the Month, August 2017...0-7595 What do you call this type of maple figu

    Technically, "quilt" figure is only found on Western Big Leaf Maple.

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    Re: Burst of the Month, August 2017...0-7595 What do you call this type of maple figu

    Quote Originally Posted by TM1 View Post
    Looks like the top seam is under the "G" string.
    It's a little bit to the left of the G, but not perfectly centered.
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    Re: Burst of the Month, August 2017...0-7595 What do you call this type of maple figu

    Quote Originally Posted by TM1 View Post
    Looks like the top seam is under the "G" string.. Tailpiece.. I think in 1960 the angle of the Stoptail was corrected to be equal on both sides. It had been slightly angled towards the high "E" on the Treble side and was corrected to be equal on both sides from the bottom of the body. So it gives the illusion of being off when in reality it's not..
    BTW, absolutely beautiful guitar!
    It's bizarre and unlikely Gibson would take the effort to correct a 1/16 deviation in stoptail bushing location resulting from the slight off square improvised metal jig they used to drill the holes, yet not notice nor correct an off centre seam top, one of the most fundamental and basic elements in Gibson guitars since forever I know Gibson couldn't care less about hidden issues (control cavity router boo boos and pickup route mishaps being a good example), but an obviously off centre top always made me scratch my head..

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    Re: Burst of the Month, August 2017...0-7595 What do you call this type of maple figu

    Quote Originally Posted by Jumping@Shadows View Post
    I know Gibson couldn't care less about hidden issues (control cavity router boo boos and pickup route mishaps being a good example), but an obviously off centre top always made me scratch my head..
    do you believe Gibson measured the joined maple halves to be dead nuts @ center before cutting ?

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    Re: Burst of the Month, August 2017...0-7595 What do you call this type of maple figu

    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Wittrock View Post
    I was talking to the owner on Saturday and he asked what term is used to describe the type of "flame" in his 60 Burst. Obviously not a plain top, but not stripes and not "flamey" as we usually use this description.





    The best I could come up with was to say, it has "action".
    When it is not plain but there is something there, you will see "movement" in the figure as the angle changes. The common 3-D effect of figured maple.

    Whatever it is called, it is certainly not plain and it is very beautiful!

    Strikes me as fluid, sketchy like someone dabbed a brush with paint and twirled the tip around on the top. Call it Monet Flame or Monet Burst.

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    Re: Burst of the Month, August 2017...0-7595 What do you call this type of maple figu

    I just call it figure.... Beautiful!
    Lost in the middle of a Brazillian rosewood
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    Re: Burst of the Month, August 2017...0-7595 What do you call this type of maple figu

    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Wittrock View Post
    Partly cloudy.

    indeed!

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    Re: Burst of the Month, August 2017...0-7595 What do you call this type of maple figu

    Embers
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    Re: Burst of the Month, August 2017...0-7595 What do you call this type of maple figu

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    Partly cloudy.

    Partly Cloudy looks best.
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