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I wonder how their process compairs to Kiesel... Does Jeff do all the grading at Kiesel?
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Naturally, operating within the bounds of fairness, an owner is going to want to get as much money as possible for whatever he's selling.. so that means perhaps at times bumping up what you bought as a 4a top as a 5a if you can make it work.
At the same time (and my guitar is living proof of the fact that the shop has been doing the exact opposite in favor of the musician for decades) it's an endless number of buyers that paid for something average and got a total jawdropper home run. Going way back to the old clear finish maple 150s a guy could pay for an expect a plain top and wind up with a solid flamed or quilted slab, or even wind up with something like this:
Same goes for today--there's a guy on FB this morning who unboxed a killer lizard burst Aries with a flamed maple top and got a 1 piece top without asking for or expecting one.
PLus nowadays they rarely (with maple anyway) mess around with the 1a-3a tops that places like Gibson, ESP, Schecter, Hagstrom, Hamer and all the rest do. About the worst Kiesel top you'll see is something where the 4A looks like a 3A (this looks a lot like the 3A's that went on all the Northen Super tops):
1985 DC150K (koa) Stereo, M22N/M22SD w/black hardware.
1985 100 Watt X Amp 2 x 12 combo (XV212) upgraded w/ 2 Vintage 30's
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