For my Les Pauls, I just dig the plain tops, and though I’m not averse to flame tops, they’re not my first choice – at least for Les Pauls. My ’59 replica has a very subtle flame that is only apparent when you look at the guitar from the side. But head-on, it looks like a very cool plain top, and that’s what really appealed to me about that guitar. Having said that, I dig flame tops on other guitars. For instance, my Gibson Nighthawk has this really cool flame that combined with the translucent amber finish, give it an incredible 3D effect. If it was a plain top or just opaque lacquer, think it would lose its charm.
What are your preferences?