protovack wrote:so I guess the question is--what woods will BRG go on, what woods will it go GOOD on, and whether to get raw tone finish or not. When you get a top on an FG1, what part of the top is actually painted? Do they leave a rim of un-painted wood around the edge as a "binding"? The neck would be totally unpainted, correct? How do they blend the color into the neck? How would this look on an FG1?
Keep in mind that the Raw Tone finish only really works on woods that have a fairly open grain texture. The FG1 comes standard with a flamed maple top. if they simply painted over that with the opaque paint (which they have done...), maple is a very very tight-grained wood, and would barely show any texture at all. If you have them use a different wood like ash (which is the MOST "grainy" wood they offer, probably followed by walnut, white limba and mahogany, probably followed by koa and black limba (althose those could all be interchangeable with specific pieces), there likely won't be a discount from the normally $250 flamed top, but there could even be a, up-charge for something like ash since it's just non-standard.
As sacrilegious as it sounds, I think my favored option would be to stick with the flamed maple top and go with a glossy BRG paint, and then get BBE (Body binding effect) so that you at least get to see the edges of the flamed maple top. Then with a darker body wood like walnut to really accent that maple edge.