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« on: March 31, 2017, 02:28:33 PM »

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 in a recent post (mine) there was some discussion about sunburst finishes, the merits, and if they in fact were used to cover up inferior woods.

I draw your attention to this guitar and ask for any comments or enlightenment as to the back spray, and what I see as an interesting straight line of colour, rather than a fade.

https://reverb.com/item/4763533-larrivee-d-09fm-2009-cherry-sunburst
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« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2017, 02:46:52 PM »

Hi,
 in a recent post (mine) there was some discussion about sunburst finishes, the merits, and if they in fact were used to cover up inferior woods.

I draw your attention to this guitar and ask for any comments or enlightenment as to the back spray, and what I see as an interesting straight line of colour, rather than a fade.

https://reverb.com/item/4763533-larrivee-d-09fm-2009-cherry-sunburst

That back shot looks like the angle of the light...  in all the 'bursts I've seen from Larrivee, I can't believe it was painted like that.

And, I think they (and black finish) were used by Gibson to allow use of cosmetically inferior woods, especially during WWII when straight grain spruce was being used for airplanes and boats.

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« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2017, 02:47:45 PM »

I am not sure if it is not an affect of light reflection.  
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« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2017, 02:50:05 PM »

I agree, I have a Canadian D-03 FM custom Cherry Sunburst and it does not look "painted", it fades nicely.
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« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2017, 02:57:20 PM »

I agree, I have a Canadian D-03 FM custom Cherry Sunburst and it does not look "painted", it fades nicely.

Well, by "painted", I mean sprayed.   

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« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2017, 03:22:48 PM »

Looks like a reflection to me. The wood does not look inferior to me, beautiful flamed Maple.


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« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2017, 05:07:45 PM »

Black and other solid colored guitars are sometimes cosmetically flawed woods. Heavy bursts can occasionally be. But, it's not a rule by any means. I've seen bursts and solid colored guitars stripped down to reveal perfect wood sets underneath. Also, with some partially transparent bursts (like my SD60 was) you can shine a light and see there are no flaws under the burst.
Some people just like to feel like they have a secret they want to share and that's often how bad info gets spread around.

Regarding the photo, as has been said, it's just the photography.  Also, it's an example of great woods getting sprayed with a burst.
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« Reply #7 on: March 31, 2017, 05:48:02 PM »

Hi,
 in a recent post (mine) there was some discussion about sunburst finishes, the merits, and if they in fact were used to cover up inferior woods.

I know for sure that Fender does this with their guitar bodies. The one's with "meh" grain or grain glitches become solid body color and the nicer ones become sunburst. Never read of this apply to acoustic, but I'd wonder if there's a fair connection between inferior and un-pretty.

Concur with all the other comments, it's more a reflection artifact that unfortunately lines up with the sunburst edge. Guy probably had it in front of a living room window with the bottom edge of the window over the sunburst edge.
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« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2017, 06:38:55 PM »

Back in the day Gibson would sunburst guitars to cover up flay's in the wood.My L7 was sunburst to cover fills.The fill is book match on each side.
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