Premium bearclaw grain is a visual treat. This rare bookmatched soundboard spruce features subtle natural "bearclaw" striations that appear randomly across the grain. This gives the soundboard an especially distinctive appearance.
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.
Englemann spruce trees grow at higher altitutes, and usually have
some run-out due to their smaller diameters.
Origin and drying:
Our soundboards (except Adirondack spruce) are from western North America,
and have been kiln-dried and stored for up to a year.