Sitka Spruce Soundboard for Small Guitar

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Grade AAAA

Item # 4666
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3 or more $68.71

Grade AAA

Item # 4667
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3 or more $33.36

Grade AA

Item # 4668
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Sitka Spruce Soundboard for Small Guitar

Bookmatched sets of two quartersawn halves, thickness-sanded to .125"-.130", for joining and profiling.

Each half is approximately 7-7/8" x 20-1/2", suitable for a classical, 000, and parlor size guitars.

Use our grading system to choose your soundboard...
Color: Higher soundboard grades have more consistent color (color affects the instrument's appearance only, not its tone).

Grain straightness: Higher soundboard grades have straighter, more uniform grain due to slower wood growth, with more grain lines per inch. Variations in grain straightness generally don't affect the wood's structural integrity. Closely spaced grain has been traditionally favored, but luthiers have found that wider grain can produce very good tone.

Quartersawn grain: The higher the grade, the more closely quartersawn the wood. Higher grade soundboards are usually stiffer, stronger and more resilient, and less likely to deform under string tension.

Grain run-out: Our soundboards are sawn from split billets to reduce the amount of grain "run-out," caused by a twist in the tree. By splitting the log, the twist is followed when sawing. Higher grade soundboards have less run-out, for more strength. However, properly braced lower grades can be excellent soundboards, especially for classical guitars. Engelmann spruce trees grow at higher altitudes, and usually have some run-out due to their smaller diameters.

Origin and drying: Our soundboards (except Adirondack spruce) are from western North America, and have been kiln-dried and stored for up to a year.

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AAA? I dunno...

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I understand that tonewood rating systems vary widely between suppliers, but I was nonetheless slightly disappointed by the AAA top I ordered from Stewmac.

Not much consistency in grain width - several areas a lot spaced wider than I expect in a mid-tier soundboard.

A 1/4 inch stripe of inconsistent colour right along the bookmatch (had to saw it off, luckily the piece was oversize so I still had enough width for a 00 size guitar)

Not a lot of medullary rays - most of the board was well off quarter. Not a deal-breaker but I expect to be a little closer to quartersawn at a "AAA" designation.

Lots of bearclaw - I know that some desire this, but in my opinion wood with bearclaw should be sold as such... most makers, like me, are looking for consistent colour and straight grain when we order a normal sitka top. Bearclaw is about as far from that as you can get!

Finally, reaaaaaaallllllly thin ... top came at 3.1mm (0.122"), which is frankly way too close to final thickness in my opinion, and leaves no wriggle-room when joining, sanding etc. Problem exacerbated a little with this top in particular as it was quite floppy and thus at 3.1mm was pretty much already at final thickness. Not a deal-breaker but adds a bit of hassle to the joining process. Surely Stewmac could provide an extra 0.5mm or so? At 3.1mm they are really pushing the limit of being "fit for purpose". If this board was even slightly floppier, it would not be usable at these dimensions. Of all my concerns, this is the only one that would prevent me from ordering a top of any grade from Stewmac again.

Overall, it's not a bad piece of wood by any means, and will likely sound fine. But I've seen much nicer (and thicker!) sets from Stewmac's competitors graded as AA. I feel this AAA set is below the colour and consistency level that a factory would buy for midrange production guitars.

My advice to others is to look to price, rather than grading systems, to choose what to order. A "AAA" soundboard at the price Stewmac charges? Sounded too good to be true, and it was.


excellent product

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The first set i receive was broken in 2 pieces(actually the two halves was split in two).probably in the shipment.Stewmac send me an another in a hurry and the new set was perfect, even better than the first(closer grain,almost some kind of bearclaw in it).Nice product and excellent customer service.


Good Grain but a bit thin

(Customer's Reviews)

The soundboard grain looked better than expected. Honestly, I can't tell much difference from a 4A and 3A. My only complaint is that the board was a little thin for my taste. It arrived around 3.5mm (0.138") which is pretty close to what I like to see for a final thickness not a starting thickness.

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