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Discussion in 'Sevenstring Guitars' started by HeHasTheJazzHands, Oct 11, 2013.
Yep, likely a Sun Valley Classic limited series.
I saw this pic a while ago I think it is yea, must've been them trying to get some US stuff in to stores?
Things explained: it's a GC exclusove run of 50 pieces.
Hmm I'm not sure if I like it or not...
That's actually really freaking cool.
Oh, man. I wanted this so bad!
Ewwww, really hoping those rotten wood tops are not becoming the new trend, always looks like someone had thrown up
They better stay some bevel king exclusive thing
Solid finish ftw!
Spalted and burl tops have been a trend for decades. They come and go just like my affinity for them.
IMO the only people who can pull them off properly are Mayones.
Smaller boutique builders do it well too but Mayones are the only large brand doing it well.
Until now I haven't seen them (often) on mass produced guitars Custom shop guitars, yes, but that's a different thing I guess because they can put more effort into selecting a better looking piece.
Also, I much prefer the normal Schecter 4+3 headstock over that huge in-line 7 string headstock.
This is still my favorite out of all the Schecter prototypes I've seen. Maybe with a maple fretboard...
To be honest I would have put Mayones in the small boutique builder category.
By smaller boutique I meant guys you're not finding in stores etc.
Mayones are still small but much larger than say Tom Drinkwater.
While we're on the subject I have seen burled/spalted tops from many big builders...Ibanez, Dean, Washburn, Jackson, G&L, Hagstrom...PRS even has a spalted top in their SE line right now.
It seemed to me it was never 'popular', more it was marketed as 'limited run' to niche players who wanted something unique. But yeah, it's nothing new.
I owned a Hagstrom with a spalted top and for like 2 years I was absolutley in love with it. Then one day I decided it looked awful and I sold it. I bought another Hag with a regular flame maple top, and it was in the stable several years until it was stolen. I would like to have another in the future but it definitely wont be a spalted/burled top for me.
Even that definition is a little shakey, and is very region-dependent. I've never seen a Mayones in a store over here, it's usually the one-off that someone has imported from overseas.
Technology is a big factor. It's cheaper than ever to buy stabilized Poplar Burl veneers and thin sheets for drop tops. Much of that has to do with advances in the methods used to increase yield of burl veneers.
Very expensive instruments (mostly boutique basses) use various types of burls, many of which you're never going to see, even in veneer thickness, on cheaper instruments. But the average player doesn't really consider that. They see a "top" that looks like that of a $5k+ instrument and thinks it means quality.
^Good point. I don't think I'll ever buy a burl/spalt something from a production run again. But if I was commissioning a Daemoness...that is another story.
Some USA stuff
I still think this is the best thing they've done in years. Simple, high quality and affordable.
Doesn't hurt that it reminds me of the stuff they were putting out in the early, early 00's. Back before they went for gaudy, cheapos.