Curly Maple Top Wood for Flat Solidbodies

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Beautiful traditional flame grain! Often described as "flame grain" or "tiger stripe," curly maple is a traditional favorite for enhancing better guitars and basses.

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Grade 5A

Item # 4487
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3 or more $132.29

Grade 4A

Item # 4488
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3 or more $92.91
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Quantity: 20


Beautiful traditional flame grain! Often described as "flame grain" or "tiger stripe," curly maple is a traditional favorite for enhancing better guitars and basses.

The figured wood grain comes alive under a tinted, clear or sunburst finish. Our stock includes many of the handsomest pieces we have ever offered.

Making a top for a Les Paul or other carved-top solidbody? See our thicker Top Wood for Carved-top Solidbody.

These are 2-piece bookmatched domestic bigleaf maple sets. They're sized for joining, gluing to a flat body blank, and profiling for a guitar or bass.

Grades and prices reflect the tightness, visual depth and uniformity of the wood grain.

Approximate dimensions
#4487Grade 5A.275" x 7-1/2" x 20"(6.99mm x 190.5mm x 508mm)
#4488Grade 4A.275" x 7-1/2" x 20"(6.99mm x 190.5mm x 508mm)

Ratings & Reviews

Curly Maple Top Wood for Flat Solidbodies

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Great wood!

By Banjo980 from Noumea, New Caledonia
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, September 05, 2012

The 4A grade I got is really nicely figured, and will enhance the lap steel I'm building! It's lage enough to cover the peghead too

Not what I thought.

By Goodson Guitars from Odessa, Tx
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, July 10, 2011

I bought this for a instrument and when it arrived it had no flame and was very poor quality. StewMac gave me a refund, but I get my top wood from another source.

Flame Maple boards

By FNH from Massachusetts
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, April 22, 2011

Good wood with decent flame - the categories were accurate. The wood, however, needed lots to be useable. Facing and but joining the pieces is a given in creating drop tops but the pieces we received (one 4A and one 3A) were of varying thicknesses - not near the 1/4" as advertised. Also, the pieces were significantly cupped. Thank god for a thickness sander, otherwise these would be very difficult to put together for useable tops.

grain good but

By fishman from huntington beach ca usa
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, January 26, 2011

I thought the quality of the grain was good but in my opinion the 2 pieces were way to bowed and had no square edge or strait edge. For a lot of people that are first time builders of making a guitar from scratch, it would be pretty hard to get the 2 pieces glued on to the bottom wood without showing a seam. I was able to do it but it was not easy. It would be better if you could ship them with some squared edges

Nice machined surfaces

By Shawn O'Neill from Westville, South Africa
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, October 26, 2010

I have used three of these tops in the past month. The first two I ordered before the grading was introduced, so I asked for good figure which I received. The grading (3A to 5A)was introduced while my third order was being processed, so I was sent a 3A set. I was a bit disappointed as I would have been prepared to upgrade to 5A if I had been advised.

The first two sets I assume are equivalent to 5A and are eye popping. The 3A set has partial figuring which is still beautiful but not eye popping. The machined faces were flawless, I assume these are drum sanded to thickness.

I have ordered figured tops from other suppliers where they have planed the maple tops which results in the wood gouging due to the irregular grain. My Stewmac tops did not have these problems.

Shown on page 74 of our latest catalog.