51 JimR56 12 months ago I would say it's not normal to see this, but it does show up, especially on the lower priced models. You have to remember that sometimes there are streaks of color or pitch pockets and the sunburst is adjusted to hide imperfections. True, and, a more extended dark shading to a sunburst finish like that can also often be applied to hide repaired breaks at the head or heel. Not necessarily a theory here, but something to consider.The other thing that distracted my eye is the difference in the color/staining/shading on the neck sunburst vs the back sunburst. Common on a Gretsch? Unusual?