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Dreadnought Sitka Spruce Soundboard

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Sitka spruce is a traditional choice for steel-string guitar soundboards. Bookmatched sets of two quartersawn halves, thickness-sanded to .125"-.130".

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Dreadnought Sitka Spruce Soundboard
Item# Description In stock Price Quantity
4661 Grade AAAA Yes
3 or more $63.68  

4662 Grade AAA Yes
3 or more $36.40  

4663 Grade AA Yes
3 or more $18.20  

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Each Dreadnought soundboard half is approximately 8-1/2" x 21", ready for joining.

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.
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Dreadnought Sitka Spruce Soundboard
Dreadnought Sitka Spruce Soundboard
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5 7-04-2011
a figured top

I bought a AA grade top because the not so perfect top can make a instrument that can have a top design that, even long after you have sold it.
It will still bring back the memory of creating and playing it.

ward  Read my reviews (6)
5 4-29-2011
AAA Sitka soundboard

The AAA top i got from stewmac is an absolutely great piece of timber. I'll be getting all my tops from them from now on. The price is also a winner.

56domy  Australia Read my reviews (2)
5 4-20-2011
Sitka Spruce Soundboard

The spruce soundboard is second to none. I am very pleased with the quality of this tonewood and most everything I've ordered from Stew Mac. I build a few guitars a year from my home shop and would highly recommend doing business with Stewart MacDonald. Everything from helpful techs to fast shipping. Great company!!

Durst Guitars  Grantsville, MD Read my reviews (2)
5 4-19-2011

I bought a few of these soundboard and I'm really satisfied. Highly recommended

Capu  Switzerland Read my reviews (33)
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5 2-15-2011
great sitka

I made a jumbo guitar with this sitka spruce, i didn't expect it to be so nice. I bought a AAAA set and it seemed the "master grade" purchased elsewhere in the past.
I'll always buy from you!!!

gaetano costanzo  naples, Italy Read my reviews (9)
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5 12-15-2010
good quality for very little outlay

AA sitka Spruce. The cheapest that Stewmac sells. And to me, it's just great! I like a bit of color. I like the occasional irregular bearclaw squiggle. Also, I can easily get two flat top mandolin tops out of a single dread top. Couldn't be better!!

Martin Edwards  Northern Ireland
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