Opinions on Flat top vs carved/arched top on pointy superstrat shapes

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  1. Arshu123

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    I almost always prefer carved. Looks prettier.
     
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    Carved would be my personal preference, unless the flat top has very comfortable belly/forearm contours, then it's a wash
     
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    i prefer carved if given the option
     
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    I am actually torn on this. I find that I have a sweet spot for carved tops in between the extravagant and the subtle. PRS custom 24s are a good example of that middle ground, imo.

    As for flat tops, the main distinction in my mind is between forearm bevel or completely flat: i.e. strat vs. telecaster. I have played both ( although the former far more extensively ) and although the arm bevels are nice, I do not think they are necessary for a comfortable instrument. As long as there is room to rest your arm, it's really not a big deal to me.

    I've been thinking about it lately because I've started making guitars with tops, I'm about to do one with a veneer and so far none of them have forearm bevels in the plans. Of course, an arm bevel would make them more comfortable, but I can't bring myself make things unnecessarily complicated, building-wise, for something that doesn't make or break the guitar for me. Mind you, i'm making these for myself so it's not like I'm building to the general taste. If these were going out to others I would do forearm bevels if they wanted one.

    so I guess for me it comes down to practicality and looks ( of course ). Since I'm not too moved by carved tops, and since forearm bevels are a take it or leave it, I actually tend to lean towards completely flat tops.
     
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    Yeah, when i said flat tops, i meant with a drop top. I was actually thinking of some daemoness style horn contouring when i asked too. Maybe that sweetens the deal...
     
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    I prefer carved.
     
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    I prefer flat with an arm contour. Mostly because I'm an rg fan boy right now and that configuration just screams "stripped down player machine" to me, which I love.
     
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    Now that you mention it, those are the shapes that are most important, imo: the inner horn bevels. As long as there is enough space for your wrist and some of your forearm to wrest on the guitar, I highly doubt that you would even think about whether or not there needs to be a bevel, especially if you play standing up a lot.

    But a bevel on the inner side of the lower horn will allow for sweep picked arpeggios to fly into the upper fret land of pure epicness with ease!
     
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    If I’ve recently bought a flat top, suddenly the carved tops looks sexier.
    If I’ve recently bought a carved top, suddenly the flat tops look sexier.
    And I’m not even joking. Sadly.

    So I guess my answer is both.
     
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    Lol there is a place in the world for both of them i guess:)

    Imo both are cool but a carve top can take an overly metal build and pull it down into the sweetspot of guitar aesthetics to where it is just perfect. A flat top can take and overly classy guitar and put just that little bit of metal zing to it that we all love. For example, nollys mango daemoness. I swear it is the most amazing goddamn thing i have ever witnessed.
     
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    Let me rephrase the question, which would you pick out of the two below:

    1.
    1/4" Quilted maple Flat top (dropped)
    personalised inlay 11-12-13th frets and rest of the ebony fretboard blank
    great quality of figure on the top
    horn scallops
    Dropped down where picking arm rests for contour

    or

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    5/8" Quilted maple Carved top (sloped carve)
    offset aluminium hollowpoint inlays
    okay quality of figure on the top
    deep horn scallops
    no arm chamfer

    If you cannot tell already, I am writing this as I need help for my custom Waghorn:)
     
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    oh seven string.org the place where people come to ask they internet what options they should get on their 4k+ custom guitars.
     
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    Hey don't judge me! its tough speccing out a custom, I just want some help! And I will probably do what I want in the end, just want to hear how other people feel. I'm bored okay!
     
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    Oh, if you’re getting a Waghorn with a figured top, I’d definitely get it carved! To me, flat tops look badass when painted. But figuring really comes alive when it’s carved, because that really brings out the depth and 3D qualities of it.
     
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    Damn dude, I wouldnt pay that much for a custom unless I knew EXACTLY what I wanted, and then I wouldn't ask anyone's opinion on the choices I'd made. It'll just make you wonder "what if" the whole time.

    But that's just me.

    But given the two choices I'd pick a 90s rg570 ;)
     
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    Wow this post wasn't constructive at all. Let me retry that.

    If I was going with a custom build I'd probably do carved, since a custom job is probably gonna be prettier and carved tops tend to be prettier. BUT if you like the wood better on the flat top definitely go with that.

    At the end of the day though, which one CALLS to you? Imagine picking one of them. Do you feel bummed about not getting the other? Reverse it. Pick the one that feels right.
     
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    Okay, i have made my desicion, you can check it out on my thread if you want.
     

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