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How many people here in the Jemsite community would be interested in seeing nice figured tops (ala Brian Moore) on Ibanez guitars.

I always seem to be the only freak who complains that the Ibanez figured tops are lacking.  Anyone else agree or am I just getting old?
 

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Yep, you're getting old! :cheesy:

I have loved the quilted maple look for so long I went and had one put on a 560. It's still under construction so I don't have any pics yet.

The problem I see with the Ibanez tops is not so much the grade of the wood, but the quality of clear coat. They seem a bit cloudy. They could, of course, use better colors to show off the grain....:biggrin:

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Yeah... Ibanez doesn't seem to have their finishing techniques down for getting the most out of a nicely figured piece of wood. It looks to me like they put on heavily pigmented translucent finishes rather than dying the wood to emphasize the grain and then putting a LIGHT colour tint in the clear.

Tons of other makers do it waaay better. Check out some of Tom Anderson's quilted tops. Yum! Tiger Eye Burst anyone?
 

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Kirk...I'm with you all the way on better tops from Ibanez.  I think they hit flame tops on the mark from time to time, but rarely a good quilt!  Maybe I'm getting old too. :)

Vaibanez...who is doing the work on your 560?
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The reason their tops don't look soo "Deep" is because of the process. They are generic with it. To get them looking the best, you need to stain them a darker color, or complimentary color to your end result - let it get down in the deep grain. Sand it back, then apply your color. This is too time consuming for what they are selling them for.
 

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To me it's no big deal. The thing I'm interested in is a guitar that plays and sounds good. All of my Ibanez guitars fall under that pretty well. The one thing that bugs me a bit is my S570MQM was supposed to be a color called bright blue burst and it's really more of a purple. Still a favorite guitar though.
 
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