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Sitka Spruce Soundboard for Dreadnought Guitar

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Sitka Spruce Soundboard for Dreadnought Guitar

About This Item

Sitka spruce is a traditional choice for steel-string guitar soundboards.

Bookmatched sets of two quartersawn halves. When joined they're large enough for a Dreadnought guitar.

  • Each half is approximately 8-1/2" x 21" (216mm x 533mm)
  • Thickness-sanded to 0.125" - 0.130" (3.18mm - 3.30mm)

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 Red Spruce) are from western North America, and have been kiln-dried and stored for up to a year.


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4.0

AAAA top for a high-end rosewood cut away

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I need a top to complete my high-end rosewood cutaway I'm building. I am very satisfied with the top even though there was a small discoloration spot that did not extend through the top. The grain was tight and perfectly quarter. After bracing it and shaping the braces (adirondack spruce from StewMac) it has a beautiful drum tone. I give it 4.95 stars

5.0

Great again

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The place to buy all woods for guotar builds. Same great products se great price. Excellent tops.

5.0

Nice wood!

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I'm using these panels as soundboards for copies of oak-bodied Anglo Saxon lyres from the Dark Ages. Though the soundboxes are small at only 8"X12"X3/4", the resonance supplied by this quarter-sawn spruce is outstanding.
Really happy with the results!

4.0

Nice match

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A little too thin.

4.0

AA sitka spruce tops.

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I bought 3. Two were great. The third one worked, but it looked like the beavers got to it on the narrow end. I was going to send it back but it was just big enough for the guitar pattern so I used it. Overall, they look good. I will buy them again.

5.0

Fits Great

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Sounds great on the guitar I just finished.

4.0

always reliable

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good product. as described, thickness sanded. never a disappointment.

5.0

nice piece of spruce

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good close grain

4.0

Nice wood but sanded too thin.

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While this wood was of good quality, I think it is sanded too thin. I would prefer a thickness of 0.140 as I like to be able to vary the thickness of tops depending on the stiffness.

5.0

Wonderful sound !

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It was as good as sanding and finish.
I live in Japan.
Built the guitar for the first time.
I got 2 sets of wood and built the two same guitars.
This guitar was built little by little over one year and 11 months.
Very glad for two to be completed.

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