Engelmann Spruce Soundboard for Small Guitar

Engelmann Spruce Soundboard for Small Guitar

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Item # 8065
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Grade AAA

Item # 8066
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Engelmann Spruce Soundboard for Small Guitar

About This Item

Often used as an alternative to German spruce, Engelmann spruce has uniform color, tight grain, and great sound projection.

Bookmatched sets of two quartersawn halves. When joined they're large enough for a classical, 000, and parlor size guitars.

  • Each half is approximately 8-1/4" x 20-3/4" (210mm x 527mm)
  • Sanded to 0.125" - 0.130" thick (3.18mm - 3.30mm)

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. Engelmann spruce trees grow at higher altitudes, and usually have some run-out due to their smaller diameters.

Origin and drying: Our soundboards (except Red Spruce) are from western North America, and have been kiln-dried and stored for up to a year.

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Hard to get quality Engelmann


Verified Buyer

Some 25 years ago good quality Engelmann was pretty easy to find, but now it has become quite difficult. Congratulations to Stewmac for getting in some VERY nice stock. I ordered three sets and two of them were some of the best I have ever used, and the third was still very good. Brilliant.


Very nice Engelmann!


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I just ordered a couple of AAAA sets to see what I'd get, and I was not disappointed. The sets are of generous size, well-quartered, with very little runout. The grain is very tight, straight, and consistent across the width of the plates, and the color is even and creamy. They are light but very stiff, with a great tap tone. I'll be ordering more of these, and hope the quality is consistent with these first two.


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