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Curly Maple Top for Flat Solidbodies

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Curly Maple Top for Flat Solidbodies

About This Item

Spectacular AAAA figured grain
This fantastic flamed maple really shimmers under stain and lacquer, adding beauty and value to your solidbody build.

Hard, dense tonewood
The stiffness and density of a maple top brings brightness and sustain to a mahogany or ash body. This is the choice for so many premium electrics not just for looks, but for sharper attack.

For guitar and bass
These bookmatched sets are sized to cover most solidbody designs. They're dimension-sanded and ready for joining and gluing to a flat body blank.

Each bookmatched half is approximately
7-1/2" x 20" (190mm x 508mm)
0.275" thick (7mm)


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3.0

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I don't have much experience with drop tops but with a AAAA grade I'd expect it to be flawless. Most of it looks great but there was a section pre sanding that looked like saw burn. I should have sanded before gluing on the top; my mistake. After sanding a dark line appeared which I guess I'll just have to live with. Hopefully I can mask it while staining.

4.0

Almost perfect

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Absolutely beautiful grain in the wood I received. Beautiful. Only 4 stars because I can still feel the chop of the surfacer/planer. I really wish it had been sent through a drum sander for at least one pass on each side with 120 grit. For $40 less, I ordered a curly maple top from another, unnamed guitar kit/parts supplier. It came sanded on both sides to thickness with 120 grit. However, while the grain is really nice, nowhere near as nice as the Stew-Mac piece, and it came shipped already edge glued which I didn't like. Too much of a chance to be broken during shipping. We all know how shippers can be! Anyway, long story longer, I will purchase this item again from Stew-Mac again due to the beautiful grain. So, Stew-Mac, can ya add one more step to the process? At the same price? Thanks.

5.0

Great wood!

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Verified Buyer


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

2.0

Not what I thought.

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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.

3.0

Flame Maple boards

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Verified Buyer


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.

4.0

grain good but

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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

4.0

Nice machined surfaces

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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.



StewMac PDF Catalog, page 78 See Curly Maple Top for Flat Solidbodies
on page 78 of our StewMac Digital Catalog