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Small Guitar Sitka Spruce Soundboard

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Bookmatched sets of two quartersawn halves, thickness-sanded to .125"-.130", for joining and profiling.

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Small Guitar Sitka Spruce Soundboard
Item# Description In stock Price Quantity
4666 Grade AAAA Yes
3 or more $63.67  

4667 Grade AAA Yes
3 or more $30.93  

4668 Grade AA Yes
3 or more $16.23  

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Each half is approximately 7-7/8" x 20-1/2", suitable for a classical, 000, and parlor size guitars.

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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Small Guitar Sitka Spruce Soundboard
Small Guitar Sitka Spruce Soundboard
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4 3-19-2014
Good Grain but a bit thin

The soundboard grain looked better than expected. Honestly, I can't tell much difference from a 4A and 3A. My only complaint is that the board was a little thin for my taste. It arrived around 3.5mm (0.138") which is pretty close to what I like to see for a final thickness not a starting thickness.

Mark Mi  Denver, CO Read my reviews (3)
2 8-28-2013
AAA Sitka Spruce

"A" ratings seem to have changed as selection of timber has become more restricted.I have always found AAA to be good, but I was very disappointed with this purchase. I will need to go to AAAA to get the quality I need.At a premium cost, of course.

Alan Amey  Pinetown, South africa
4 8-07-2013
Recent Order

I am very pleased with the tight grain of the Sitka Spruce I recently purchased.

AP Strings  Aiea, HI
5 7-18-2013
sitka spruce top for classical guitar

excellent mostly tight grain, no chipping or pulling when routering, sanded well with 220g, sounds mellow with smallish lattice bracing

James Clark  Winnipeg, Canada Read my reviews (4)
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1 5-20-2013
sitka de 2a

la calidad para un aprendiz en la lutheria o guitarras económicas esta bien pero viene con muchas imperfecciones

Rodrigo M  santiago,chile Read my reviews (2)
5 3-25-2013
Bookmatched Spruce

Beautiful set of bookmatched spruce boards.

fullwedge  Cornwall on Hudson, NY Read my reviews (21)
5 2-15-2013
Good Wood

I ordered a mix of AAA and AAAA and am perfectly happy with both grades. The AAA produced beautiful instruments, tonally and visually. The variation in figuring produces instruments that are unique. I found the AAAA to be perfect, no grain run out, no knots, perfectly quartered, an absolute pleasure to work with as there was no lifting of grain when scraping in either direction.

Shawn O'Neill  Westville, South Africa Read my reviews (21)
5 12-18-2012
Fantastic... :o)

I bought the middle grade sitka spruce and its really brilliant, stiff and nice grained, better than some top graded spruce i have bought from other suppliers in the past...

Rob the luthier  Scotland Read my reviews (8)
4 12-04-2012
Grade AA - generally good

I bought three sets of AA tops to experiment with. One of them has excellent grain and one is fine for AA grade (both of these are 8-3/4" x 22" so plenty of scope for choosing the best part of the wood on a small top). The third has nice grain but has some run out on the edge and the usable width is 7-1/2", but this isn't a problem for the projects I have in mind. All-in-all I'm happy with the quality and price. All three are surprisingly well quartered. "Imperfections" (why they're not more than AA) include very variable grain width and some curved lines, as well as one miniscule knot or mark.

nickd  Paris, France
5 11-15-2012
Grade AA excellent for first time build

I am in the process of building a parlor guitar (Gibson L-00 copy). I purchased the Grade AA Sitka Spruce top set. I'm very impressed with the quality of these tops for the price. I'm no guitar building expert (yet!) but the grain is pretty close together and the wood is very stiff. I think it looks great and can't wait to finish this up and hear it play.

Jason Baker  Rhodes, MI
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