Old Growth Red Spruce Soundboard for Small Guitar

Old Growth Red Spruce Soundboard for Small Guitar

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Sanded Grade AAA

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Unsanded Grade AAA

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Sanded Grade AA

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Unsanded Grade AA

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Sanded Grade A

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Unsanded Grade A

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Old Growth Red Spruce Soundboard for Small Guitar

About This Item

Exceptional quality, limited availability
Rare Red Spruce from a few choice trees felled at high altitude in the Appalachian mountains.

Old Growth trees grew in competition with surrounding trees for rain, sunlight and nutrients. Developing slowly, their grain is closer-spaced than other Red Spruce.

Red Spruce was used on the most prized Martins from the late 1920s through 1945, and Gibson also used it until 1945. For many collectors today, there is simply no comparison to the Red Spruce tops from that Golden Era.

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

  • Each half is approximately 8-1/4" x 23" (210mm x 584mm)
  • Thickness-sanded to 0.125"-0.130" thick (3.18mm - 3.30mm)

Unsanded soundboards
Approximately 3/16" (4.7mm) thick, ready for thickness-sanding to your own specs.

Red Spruce (also called Adirondack Spruce) responds to the full range of attack on the strings. Where other top woods decay or sound muffled when played hard, Red Spruce stays clear and powerful. It looks like other Spruce varieties, with wider (and often more pronounced) grain lines, warmer color and more color variation. Higher grades have more even color and closer grain lines.

Use our grading system to choose your soundboard...

Color: Higher grade soundboards have more consistent color (color affects the instrument's appearance only, not its tone).

Grain straightness: Higher soundboard grades have straighter, tighter, and more uniform grain. While closely spaced grain has been traditionally favored, luthiers have found that wider grain can produce very good tone.

Quartersawn grain: The higher the grade, the more closely quartersawn the wood. Perfectly quartered wood is more dimensionally stable and moves proportionally with changing temperature and humidity environments. This helps to ensure structural integrity and resists cracking better than other types of cuts.

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.

Origin and drying: Our soundboards (unless otherwise noted) are from western North America, and have been kiln-dried and stored in a climate controlled environment.

WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.

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Nice Overall -


Verified Buyer

I bought 3 AA unsanded sets. After preliminary thicknessing and glue-up, two have enough clear wood for nice 000/OM size tops. The third one had some defects and there was barely enough good wood for a 00 top. All 3 sets have very tight annual rings on one edge, becoming wider toward the other side. The catalog picture shows this pretty well. All are decently quartered. i haven't evaluated stiffness or tap tone yet, but so far this looks like nice stuff.


should sound good!


Verified Buyer

I purchased the Old Growth red spruce more of an experiment, and have not as yet completed the guitar, so I won't know how it sounds for some time yet. The boards are stiff in both directions, which is a plus, as it will allow for lighter bracing. My only complaint would be that the color tends to be more on the greenish side, rather than the cream color of Sitka. Not a real big complaint, as I will most likely spray a light amber toner onto the top, and or course it will darken over time anyway.


nice Adi top set


Verified Buyer

Good color and grain for the price. Very pleased. Thanks for the accurate description.