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« Reply #40 on: April 22, 2009, 09:56:26 PM »

I'm with Dale and Norvalis, I like just about any type of look...straight, bearclaw, quilted, flamed.  Quilted sapele looks stunning.  Mainly though, I just dig the tops on my own guitars. 
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« Reply #41 on: April 25, 2009, 12:33:02 PM »

Looking on my wall I see, among the acoustics, straight grained spruce, silky spruce, bear claw spruce and flamed koa.  The electrics sport flamed maple, quilted maple, and spalted maple tops, along with one silky spruce, one stained alder and even one painted.  Al of 'em are gorgeous to look at, heaven to play, and sound fantastic.  I tend to go for the trifecta.  Many people pooh-pooh the appearance factor, but to me, why play a plain jane or even ugly guitar that plays and sounds great when you can play a beautiful guitar that plays and sounds great.  I do value playability and sound over appearance, but, since I can have all three, I'm going to.
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« Reply #42 on: April 25, 2009, 12:50:34 PM »

BenF wrote: "But I thought one of the benefits of alpine spruce was the extremes of cold winters and warm summers during its growth, which sets it apart from other spruces?" 

It isn't that the frost "bothers" the trees. The Alpine benifits arise as a result of the climate/growing season. The short growing season restricts the size of each growth ring each year resulting in spruce that is tighter grained which is thought to have a greater strength to weight ratio than a tree that grows rapidly in each season. YMMV
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« Reply #43 on: April 26, 2009, 12:03:27 AM »

Here's a photo I snapped a few years back:



from 2005.  Brent McElroy from Seattle makes great guitars with fancy woods.  Minimum price on his guitars is now $5k.
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« Reply #44 on: April 26, 2009, 12:35:57 AM »

   Love wood & anything different. Bottom line on a guitar though, is how it sounds. Can have beautiful wood, but an OK sounding git. It's not always the case, as builders pick their wood for both looks & sound. Prefer sound. Bottom line. But that sweet wood is cool to look @!
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« Reply #45 on: April 29, 2009, 11:33:03 AM »

for fans of quilted wood - have a look at this

http://cgi.ebay.com/R-Taylor-Style-1-AAA-Quilted-Honduran-Mahogany_W0QQitemZ230339968620QQihZ013QQcategoryZ33031QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
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« Reply #46 on: April 30, 2009, 04:12:32 AM »

Perhaps someone from the factory could chime in here - but I seem to remember that in the late 90's, Mr. Larrivee would not allow bearclaw in the top spruce on the higher numbered models.  Bearclaw; not in the extreme like shown in most of the photos above in the post, was only allowed in the now discontinued 02 models and 03 models.

Somewhere along about 2003/4 or so, it seemed like the tides changed.

My L-03 has 2 slight bearclaws in it, one in the upper bout and another in the lower bout.

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