Small Guitar Sitka Spruce Soundboard

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

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Grade AAAA

Item # 4666
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$77.20

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Grade AAA

Item # 4667
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$37.48

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Grade AA

Item # 4668
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$18.75

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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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Good Grain but a bit thin

By Mark Mi from Denver, CO
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, March 19, 2014


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.

sitka spruce top for classical guitar

By James Clark from Winnipeg, Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, July 18, 2013


excellent mostly tight grain, no chipping or pulling when routering, sanded well with 220g, sounds mellow with smallish lattice bracing

sitka de 2a

By Rodrigo M from santiago,chile
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, May 20, 2013


la calidad para un aprendiz en la lutheria o guitarras econ=micas esta bien pero viene con muchas imperfecciones

Bookmatched Spruce

By fullwedge from Cornwall on Hudson, NY
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, March 25, 2013


Beautiful set of bookmatched spruce boards.

Good Wood

By Shawn O'Neill from Westville, South Africa
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, February 15, 2013


I ordered a mix of AAA and AAAA and am perfectly happy with both grades. The AAA produced beautiful instruments, tonally and visually. The variation in figuring produces instruments that are unique. I found the AAAA to be perfect, no grain run out, no knots, perfectly quartered, an absolute pleasure to work with as there was no lifting of grain when scraping in either direction.

Fantastic...   :o)

By Rob the luthier from Scotland
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, December 18, 2012


I bought the middle grade sitka spruce and its really brilliant, stiff and nice grained, better than some top graded spruce i have bought from other suppliers in the past...

Grade AA - generally good

By nickd from Paris, France
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, December 04, 2012


I bought three sets of AA tops to experiment with. One of them has excellent grain and one is fine for AA grade (both of these are 8-3/4" x 22" so plenty of scope for choosing the best part of the wood on a small top). The third has nice grain but has some run out on the edge and the usable width is 7-1/2", but this isn't a problem for the projects I have in mind. All-in-all I'm happy with the quality and price. All three are surprisingly well quartered. "Imperfections" (why they're not more than AA) include very variable grain width and some curved lines, as well as one miniscule knot or mark.

Grade AA excellent for first time build

By Jason Baker from Rhodes, MI
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, November 15, 2012


I am in the process of building a parlor guitar (Gibson L-00 copy). I purchased the Grade AA Sitka Spruce top set. I'm very impressed with the quality of these tops for the price. I'm no guitar building expert (yet!) but the grain is pretty close together and the wood is very stiff. I think it looks great and can't wait to finish this up and hear it play.

great top for small instruments.

By Custom Cuatro from Meriden,Ct.
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, May 03, 2012


The small spruce tops are of great quality,most of the tight grain falls within the shape and the price is great.

AA Soundboard

By Ty from Portland, Oregon
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, May 29, 2011


Overall, I'm quite satisfied with this wood. Beautiful, even color and tight grain for being a lower grade. As a beginner, I feel comfortable with possibly making some mistakes on this board as it would be inexpensive to replace, but will also look great if I do a good job in the end! Best of both worlds...

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