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ES-339 Figured... What is meant by "figured"?

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Many times ia find the word "figure" applied to guitar models (like Gibson Es-339 Figured, Blueberry Burst) or even to materials (like Figured Maple, Figured Wallnut, etc.)

Since my mother tongue is the Portuguese, I should appreciate very much if someone could explain to me (in English) what is meant by "figured" in these contexts.

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That's a reference to the laminate top on the guitar. Specifically to the wood grain that can be seen through the finish.

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More specifically, it is not the wood grain, but the type of wood grain.  You can still see the wood grain in "plain" tops.  But "figured/flame" type have a distinctive  pattern in the wood generally running 90 deg in the direction of the regular wood grain.  More distinctive, generally more desirable, and more expensive.    It is a characteristic of wood, regardless if it laminate or solid.

The following is a pretty exact comparison.  Faded light burst, and Figured Faded light burst.

ESDP16FBNH1_MAIN_HERO_01.jpg

ES4564P16FBNH1_MAIN_HERO_01.jpg

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Great explanations! Thank you all for contributing with your know-how. I like the new Gibson ES-339 Figured, Bueberry Burst - 2020, but still not available in Portugal (expected in 5  - 6 months...).

Prices comparison:

Gibson ES339 Gloss Light Caramel Burst (2019) - 1969 EURO    AVAILABLE

Gibson ES-339 Figured, Bueberry Burst (2020) - 2575 EURO       5 -6 MONTHS 

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, Wmachine said:

More specifically, it is not the wood grain, but the type of wood grain.  You can still see the wood grain in "plain" tops.  But "figured/flame" type have a distinctive  pattern in the wood generally running 90 deg in the direction of the regular wood grain.  More distinctive, generally more desirable, and more expensive.    It is a characteristic of wood, regardless if it laminate or solid.

The following is a pretty exact comparison.  Faded light burst, and Figured Faded light burst.

ESDP16FBNH1_MAIN_HERO_01.jpg

ES4564P16FBNH1_MAIN_HERO_01.jpg

I meant to say that!  :rolleyes:

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On 6/5/2020 at 1:35 PM, Wmachine said:

 

ES4564P16FBNH1_MAIN_HERO_01.jpg

 

[love][love]   This I like....lots.

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On 6/5/2020 at 6:45 AM, Fadista said:

Great explanations! Thank you all for contributing with your know-how. I like the new Gibson ES-339 Figured, Bueberry Burst - 2020, but still not available in Portugal (expected in 5  - 6 months...).

Prices comparison:

Gibson ES339 Gloss Light Caramel Burst (2019) - 1969 EURO    AVAILABLE

Gibson ES-339 Figured, Bueberry Burst (2020) - 2575 EURO       5 -6 MONTHS 

 

 

 

Not sure how many Euro's to the buck but for 600 of them you'd have really dig that blue berry, eh?

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Since I already own a Gibson ES.335 Vintage Burst, I should like now to get the Es-339 Figured, Blueberry Burst, 

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That “Blueberry Burst” is very cool!  Regarding figured maple, it is also sometimes referred to as flamed maple.  Essentially, these terms refer to the horizontal waves (or patterns) running counter to the wood grain.

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