Small Guitar Western Red Cedar 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 # 4686
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3 or more $41.66

Grade AAA

Item # 4687
Due 5-7 days
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3 or more $25.02

Grade AA

Item # 4688
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3 or more $15.01
Quantity Discount Prices apply when you buy multiples of the same item number.
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Quantity: 20


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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Small Guitar Western Red Cedar Soundboard

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By Julyan Wallis, Guitar Doctor / J Gu from Cornwall, UK
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, September 22, 2014

Great tap tone, grain orientation (well it was AAAA grade) and more than pleased with the final result.

Qualidade do tampo

By Jos+¬ Ademir de Oliveira from Brasil/S+úo Paulo/S+úo Paulo
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, April 27, 2014

A qualidade da madeira proporcionou uma guitarra com mais qualidade sonora. Esta foto se refere a um tampo AAA, adquirido antes da ultima compra, a ultima compra ainda npo estß conclufdo o projeto.

good taptone

By Lutherie-guitare Migneault from Montreal
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Nice taptone and a very good quatersawn cut!

Good wood, good tone, straight grain, cheap!

By Ron Brown from Rapid City, South Dakota
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, March 08, 2014

I order the lowest grade of cedar you have and have found it more than adequate for what I use it for.

Excellent quality for the price

By Ron Brown from Rapid City, South Dakota
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Usually make my banjolas out of mahogany or maple, thought I would try cedar for a change. The wood is uniform, hard, straight grain and had good edges to join, will buy more in the future.

Great Quality

By justinarts from West Texas, USA
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, May 07, 2013

I have been very pleased with the excellent quality of the cedar soundboards I have ordered from StewMac. I also appreciate the quantity discount. Thanks StewMac!

lo mejor del mercado

By Rodrigo M from santiago,chile
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, January 28, 2013

pese a que compre la calidad mas economica superaron todas mis expectativas en calidad y tiempo de espera por la madera

Consistantly High Quality

By Adrian Stuckey from Gold Coast Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, January 27, 2013

Amazing tone wood and cheap

Almost perfect

By Jose Maria from Valladolid, Spain
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, August 09, 2012

I bought three AAAA cedar tops and two of them looked awesome except for one that at first sight was not at the same level, the grains looked wider and less straight. We'll see how it works. All the tops come perfectly sawn and smoothed out

Too good for ukuleles

By Ron McQuarrie from NSW Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, August 03, 2012

I've just received my AAA boards in the usual good time and can't believe the quality. I was going to use them for two ukes that I've been asked for, but think I'll be making a classical guitar instead. I might get AA for the other project. They're only ukuleles after all!

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