Sitka Spruce Soundboard for Small Guitar

Sitka Spruce Soundboard for Small Guitar

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Sanded Grade AAAA

Item # 4666
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$89.43

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Sanded Grade AAA

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$43.99

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Sanded Grade AA

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$22.02

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Unsanded Grade AAAA

Item # 4666-U
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$89.43

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Unsanded Grade AAA

Item # 4667-U
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$43.99

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Unsanded Grade AA

Item # 4668-U
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$22.02

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Sitka Spruce Soundboard for Small Guitar

About This Item

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

  • Each half is approximately 7-7/8" x 20-1/2" (200mm x 521mm)
  • Thickness-sanded to 0.125" - 0.130" (3.18mm - 3.30mm)
  • Unsanded tops are approx. 5/32" (4mm) thick, ready for thickness-sanding to your own specs.

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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5.0

Sitka Spruce Soundboard on my Martin

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Verified Buyer


The tap test never sounded better with other soundboards I have ever gotten in over 20 years!! (not all from Stew Mac, sorry) From now on you have a customer in me. Fast delivery and great price. Grain was absolutely beautiful. Thank you Stew Mac!!

5.0

Great Buy for Smaller Instruments

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Verified Buyer


I make a lot of 3/4 size Classics and Steelers. This buy is great and doesn't leave a lot of useless leftovers. The wood has nice even grain and sands smooth to final thickness.

5.0

Great product

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Verified Buyer


Perfect for the look I'm after. I really like the AA... better character I think. Thank you and as always awesome product!

5.0

Very good top material

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Verified Buyer


Great value for money. I am very satisfied with the quality of the timber supplied. Great and fast service from Stewmac.

5.0

Perfect for my repair job

By

Verified Buyer


Was as advertised.

4.0

Tapa armónica para guitarra clásica

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Verified Buyer


Muy linda madera, buen grosor, bien cortada, bien cepillada lo único que puedo decir es que venían unas marcas de uno de los lados que no sé si es de la Luz o algo similar, de lo demás nada para decir.

4.0

Good. Not great.

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Verified Buyer


I bought the AA grade soundboard kit. Beautiful pieces, with no visible sign of bending action. The only problem is that one of the pieces came with a 2" border damage. It looks like a residual bad cut or saw mark. It won't affect the work in my guitar, but I will not have some extra wood for another small project. I guess that is what you get for that grade and price. I do recomend the product.

1.0

"AA" should be renamed "Don't Bother"  

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Verified Buyer


Let me start by saying that I have purchased these AA tops before and have felt like I have received decent product for the price.

Now, look at the picture of what I just unboxed. It looks as though a corner was ripped off by a disgruntled warehouse worker. What you cannot see in the picture is the amount of grain run-out. It is so bad that it is almost funny. Getting a clean layout out of this piece of wood would be nearly impossible.

Most reputable wood sellers would have sold this as a bargain piece or, better yet, just thrown it in the trash. I will not be buying Spruce from StewMac again.

Response from StewMac


We are very sorry to hear about this poor quality wood. This may have slipped past our QC and we would be happy to make it right. We have sent you an email offering to replace this for you and have a tech make sure it is a top-notch piece. If you have any questions or would like to talk to any of our Customer Support team, you can reach us at 1-800-848-2273.

We stand behind our 100% guarantee and want to make this right with you.

-Spencer, Customer Support

5.0

Really nice quality spruce.

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Verified Buyer


Stewmac sitka makes a really good classical, despite some makers not wanting to choose this for their tops. Think again!!

3.0

Recent downgrade in quality?

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Verified Buyer


I've bought a few AA grade tops from Stew mac and they've all been very good up until the most recent set I purchased. A wide knotted area stretches across one of the plates about 5 inches below the end, rendering it all but unusable for anything larger than a mando or baritone uke. I'm hoping this is a one-off issue and not a downgrade in AA quality. I'll still be able to use this wood, just not with the build I had purchased it for.

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