Figured Maple and Quilted Maple Tops!
This has pissed me off since I first saw it, now I'm at a boil.
There are 5 grades to figured woods. *(A, AA, AAA, AAAA, and AAAAA). *There is no such thing as a "10 A top" (Mr. Reed Smith) and there is no such thing as a "20 A top" (Mr. Reed Smith). *
Dirk's correct in the term "figured". *Ironicaly, the figured woods come from the f'ed up looking trees. *If you saw a "quilted maple tree" in the forrest, you'd say, "Dude! *How close *is* that nuclear power plant?!?!?". *Not pretty.
The woods used for our bodies/necks are the kind that Glen suggested- cut by a "sawyer" in some forrest in the Northwest (usually) and packed on a truck, cut at a plant, and shipped to companies (paper, guitar, furniture, etc.) *The sawyers don't sip cappafrappachino latte's and go, "Earl- that looks like it'd make a FINE maple top on something. *Let's go cut it down and send it to Ethan Allen so their shop can make it into a lovely coffee table!". *I'll pilot the Shuttle before that happens. *These guys are out to cut trees. *That's really all they do. *No discression.
Ibanez (and other companies) go to wood suppliers and pick out what they'd like. *They leave the crap behind for furniture or paper or whatever.
HOW TO DETERMINE THE ***REAL*** A-NUMBER ON YOUR PRS:
Take the number told to you by the dolt at GC/store.
Divide that number by 2.
Now you have your REAL A-number.
If PRS gets any "higher quality" tops, I'll have to change my shorts when I see them, and the number to divide by will grow (5....10...20...).