Re: 3A vs. 5A tops
It is subjective, and Ploki you're right, it is just the type and amount of figuring in the wood. A 5A top is supposed to be the best/most attractive/most highly figured. So a 3A top should be only be 60% as ''good' in theory. The other difference of course is that a 5A top is a lot more expensive !! Sorry to talk slightly off topic, but my PRS Custom 24 quilt top is what is known as an 'unstamped 10 top' It started off as a 10 in production, but when the stain was applied, it didn't look quite as good as they imagined so the certificate says 10, the cavity says 10, but the back of the headstock doesn't. Having said that it's a '93 model and it's as good as the current Artist grade !!!! PRS are very naughty, 10 used to be the best, then Artist was and now Private Stock is. Make of that what you will.