Torrefied Sitka Spruce Soundboard for Dreadnought Guitar

Torrefied Sitka Spruce Soundboard for Dreadnought Guitar

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Torrefied Sitka Spruce Soundboard for Dreadnought Guitar

About This Item

Already "broken in" for stability and tone.
Torrefied spruce is dimensionally stable (non-shrinking), with the clear tone and warm color of well-aged vintage tonewood.

Bookmatched sets of two quartersawn halves. When joined they're large enough for a Dreadnought guitar.

  • Each half is approximately 8-1/2" x 21" (216mm x 533mm)
  • Thickness-sanded to 0.125" - 0.130" (3.18mm - 3.30mm)

#4771-U Unsanded AAA soundboards
Approximately 5/32” (4mm) thick, ready for thickness-sanding to your own specs.

About torrefied wood
It takes years for a new guitar to break in, to develop its tone and realize its full potential. As tonewood ages, its cell structure goes through changes, becoming much more resonant and responsive. After a few years, you get the payoff: you begin to hear the sound of a vintage guitar.

With the introduction of torrefied woods, professional builders are giving their guitars a head start on tone. The wood is heat-treated in an oxygen-free kiln, making it highly resonant and extremely stable. It's as if the wood is pre-aged. It looks and sounds like wood that's been broken in for many years.


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3.0

Okay

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Verified Buyer


I helped my nephew assemble a 000 StewMac kit with a Torrefied Sitka Spruce Soundboard last year. The top was amazing. I was surprised, but thought, well, they do say it's AAA. So I decided to try three dreadnought tops. One was the same tight straight grain, but the other two not so much. More like the much less expensive, lower grade (non-torrefied) tops I have bought in the past. I'll build with them later and we'll see how they sound.

5.0

Once again StewMac you have outdone yourselves.

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Verified Buyer


First off I got glue and braces with this order. The glue is Titebond, enough said. The brace kits work great, I've used them a few times before but that Torrefied Sitka Spruce Top, you or actually I hit the Jackpot. Right out of the box I tap toned it and it rings like a bell. I can't wait to see how it is after I work it a little. And there are two dark streaks running down close to an edge. They will go right down the middle and Smack! Instant character. Beautiful wood. Thank You again StewMac. Your the little guys "Ace in the hole"

5.0

Well done (No pun intended...)

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Verified Buyer


Can't wait to toast the top on my next guitar. I initially had a concern regarding one of three tops I'd ordered, but Stewmac took immediate and direct action to correct it. It's good wood folks.

5.0

Torrified Sitka Top

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Verified Buyer


I was interested in building with Torrified. It is a very nice piece of wood for the price and I would be happy with it even if it was not thermally treated. I'm going to try it on a 630 mm classical. I'm concerned that it may be too stiff. I will likely get more and try it on a steel accoustic.

4.0

Nice ring

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Verified Buyer


Bought three sets, the grain was not tight, in fact I hadn't seen to many guitars with such loose grain.

However when I tapped the wood to hear the board the ring, it was excellent, can't wait the hear the board on a guitar

3.0

Watch the sanding!

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Verified Buyer


This is the second guitar I've built with this wood and I've found it's easy to crush the fibers with even the lightest of sanding. First top didn't crush as much as the second, so sand very lightly if you can. The wood sounds good, but I probably won't build with this wood again unless the customer wants it.

5.0

Yes, Torrefied soundboards do make a difference..

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Verified Buyer


My first exposure to torrefied soundboards was with a D-28 based on a vintage design from the 30's. It is a wonderful sounding instrument. So, when I built a 000 I used a Torrefied soundboard and I also made all the braces using the Torrefied brace wood, I also used hide glue for all the braces. I have to say this 000 does have a presence beyond "typical" ..great tonality, sustain, and as if it is already opened up as a much older well played instrument in a new build.... look all of this is subjective, I can only say I really like using it. I like the tap tones even in the thick un-sanded state and most of all, can't beat the price.

5.0

Another beautiful guitar...

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Verified Buyer


I'm really loving the torrefied Sitka spruce I get from Stewmac. No matter what brace pattern I throw at it, the guitar always ends up sounding spectacular. The torrefaction process brings out the beauty of the wood grain and silking.

5.0

great tap tone,nice dark color

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Verified Buyer


we will see how it sounds when complete

3.0

Not AAA, but OK

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Verified Buyer


the torrefied sitka spruce tops I received were not AAA tops, at least in my understanding of the grading of spruce tonewood. They are reasonable for the money, and I don't see much out there that is better, and certainly not for the price. If you want to experiment with torrefied wood and make your own determination about it's benefits, this isn't a bad way to go.

I have not built a guitar with this wood yet, but it's a decent product. I love Stew-Mac and hate to give anything but the best review, but this is my opinion.

Response from StewMac


John, thank you for your feedback. We are sending you a new top today, hand-picked and inspected by our technicians. We hope you can still use the first ones on a future build. Thanks!

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