Red Spruce Soundboard for Small Guitar

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

Item # 4439
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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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Red Spruce Soundboard for Small Guitar

About This Item

Exceptional tonewood tops from a few choice trees felled at high altitude in the Appalachian mountains.

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.

Limited availability: See our special selection of Old Growth Red Spruce (sold separately). Old Growth trees grew in competition with surrounding trees for rain, sunlight and nutrients. Growing slowly, their grain is closer-spaced than regular Red Spruce.

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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I ordered 3 sets. On inspection 1 set had a knot in it and I couldn't make a guitar from it. Stew Mac immediately sent a replacement set that is definitely graded higher than I originally ordered. A great company that backs up their products.