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Small Guitar Western Red Cedar 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 Western Red Cedar Soundboard
Item# Description In stock Price Quantity
4686 Grade AAAA Yes
3 or more $40.56  

4687 Grade AAA Yes
3 or more $24.35  

4688 Grade AA Yes
3 or more $14.61  

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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 Western Red Cedar Soundboard
Small Guitar Western Red Cedar Soundboard
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5 3-08-2014
Good wood, good tone, straight grain, cheap!

I order the lowest grade of cedar you have and have found it more than adequate for what I use it for.

Ron Brown  Rapid City, South Dakota Read my reviews (19)
5 12-25-2013
Excellent quality for the price

Usually make my banjolas out of mahogany or maple, thought I would try cedar for a change. The wood is uniform, hard, straight grain and had good edges to join, will buy more in the future.

Ron Brown  Rapid City, South Dakota Read my reviews (19)
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5 5-07-2013
Great Quality

I have been very pleased with the excellent quality of the cedar soundboards I have ordered from StewMac. I also appreciate the quantity discount. Thanks StewMac!

justinarts  West Texas, USA Read my reviews (35)
5 1-28-2013
lo mejor del mercado

pese a que compre la calidad mas economica superaron todas mis expectativas en calidad y tiempo de espera por la madera

Rodrigo M  santiago,chile Read my reviews (2)
5 1-27-2013
Consistantly High Quality

Amazing tone wood and cheap

Adrian Stuckey  Gold Coast Australia Read my reviews (29)
4 8-09-2012
Almost perfect

I bought three AAAA cedar tops and two of them looked awesome except for one that at first sight was not at the same level, the grains looked wider and less straight. We'll see how it works. All the tops come perfectly sawn and smoothed out

Jose Maria  Valladolid, Spain Read my reviews (4)
5 8-03-2012
Too good for ukuleles

I've just received my AAA boards in the usual good time and can't believe the quality. I was going to use them for two ukes that I've been asked for, but think I'll be making a classical guitar instead. I might get AA for the other project. They're only ukuleles after all!

Ron McQuarrie  NSW Australia Read my reviews (5)
5 12-03-2011
cedar soundboard

had been using the AA grade cedar tops but was a little upset with the colour grain and stiffness of the last batch so went for the AAA this time and they were excellent

jungle guitars  goa india Read my reviews (3)
5 10-28-2011
Good quality

Very good piece of wood. I've seen grade AAA wood looking worst than this grade AA Cedar. Well done!

João Santos  Portugal Read my reviews (4)
5 9-14-2011
Nice Tops!

These are great tops for the money, especially if you buy three or more!. I have used these on several guitars with good results. I did receive a batch some months ago that was problematic, but Stewmac quickly took care of the issue.

J. Travis Snyder Classical Guitars  Greenville, NC Read my reviews (3)
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