Spalted Maple Top Wood for Flat Solidbodies

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Make your instrument a work of art!
Spalted maple is prized by woodworkers in the fine arts.

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Spalted Maple Top Wood for Flat Solidbodies

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Make your instrument a work of art!
Spalted maple is prized by woodworkers in the fine arts.

The spalting—thin black "zone lines" with a hand-drawn topographic look; mottled coloration and softer density—is caused by fungi under favorable conditions at the end of the wood's life cycle. This natural process produces a uniquely aesthetic appearance—nature's canvas! A spalted maple top transforms a solidbody guitar or bass into an exotic work of art.

This 2-piece bookmatched top wood set is sized for joining, gluing to a flat body blank, and profiling for a guitar or bass.

Approximate dimensions: .275" x 7-1/2" x 20" (6.99mm x 190.50mm x 508.00mm)

Note: Spalted maple is generally softer than mature maple, and usually absorbs stains unevenly. If necessary, super glue can help harden the surface before finishing. The wood should be sealed with pale dewaxed shellac or sanding sealer before sanding and applying lacquer topcoats. Add color to the finish coats if desired, rather than directly on the wood. Important: always wear a respirator mask when sanding and finishing spalted wood.


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Great wood!

By Banjo980 from Noumea, New Caledonia
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, April 16, 2014


à highly curled, and wonderfully spaltedà great piece of wood

My Wood

By Todd Jones from Christchurch New Zealand
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, February 14, 2013


Thanks Stewmac for shipping out this lovely spalted maple top. I used CA glue to stabilize the softer areas which worked a treat. I then used shellac to level it with clear lacquer to finish.

It just gets better!

By Dingobass from Perth, Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, November 08, 2012


When I ordered my second set, I asked if the good folk at Stewmac could pick me out a really spectacular set.... Man did they come through! Thanks Stewmac, best service ever! :)

Stunning timber!

By Dingobass from Perth, Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, August 08, 2012


5 stars are not enough to describe this top wood. When it arrived I just could not bear to cut it for three days as it was so beautiful! I asked the good folk at Stew Mac to pick me a really special piece, and true to form they delivered! The end result is a Bass that really looks stunning. I will definitely be using this timber again.

Looks Fantastic

By heaven-guitars from France
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, June 08, 2011


I ordered 3 sets of this spolted maple. they all look fantastic.



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