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Western Red Cedar Soundboard for Small Guitar

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Grade AAAA

Item # 4686
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Western Red Cedar Soundboard for Small Guitar

About This Item

Bookmatched sets of two quartersawn halves. When joined they're large enough for classical, 000, and parlor size guitars.

  • Each half is approximately 7-7/8" x 20-1/2" (200mm x 521mm)
  • 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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5.0

classical guitar soundboard wood

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It¨s a AA class wood but is beautiful and useful for my classical guitar top. Highly recommended.

5.0

 Beautifull

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Exceptional sound top.

5.0

Delighted!

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I needed a top for a Size 5 that I'm building. This was the perfect size for the project. I was delighted with the straight, tight grain. It took almost no effort to true up the edges on the shooting board in preparation for joining.

5.0

Excellent timber

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I was very happy with the quality of the timber. Excellent value and great service.

Phillip Perth Western Australia

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Too Thin

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In hindsight, the set arrived sanded far too thinly for cedar. After a small amount of sanding to clean up after jointing, too risky to use.

Cosmetically also not really what you'd expect for an AAAA classification.

5.0

western red cedar.

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Verified Buyer


Great value and very nice wood. I cam make two tenor uke tops from one guitar top without too much wastage. Wish uke sizes were more available.

5.0

top quality in these stiff tops

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WR Cedar can vary greatly but Stewmac set the bar very high with these. Even the entry level tops are very stiff and technically perfect. I am impressed with the grading they apply - very severe- means we get excellent quality at good prices.

5.0

Good Quality Material

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This is the second time I've purchased cedar soundboards from SM, this time a batch of three. After inspecting closely, I conclude that these are very good quality boards, perfectly tight vertical grain with no visible defects and nicely surfaced, and the soundboard pair is perfectly book-matched. They do appear to be from an old-growth tree. I don't think you could get much better material than this anywhere, and certainly not at such a reasonable price.

5.0

Quality

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

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Qualidade do tampo

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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.

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