Soundboards.How we grade our soundboards.
As the name suggests, the soundboard is the most important part of your selection process.
Our grading criteria are uncompromising for this reason, and we will endeavour to offer you the best soundboards available.
Scroll down to see a selection from our stocks of spruce and cedar tops and bracing wood
All of the prices shown below include VAT at the prevailing rate.
see home page for contact details and full carriage costs details. Dimensions
Classical size 530mm x 190mm x 4.5mm (2x)
Western size 550mm x 215mm x 4.5mm (2x)
Jumbo & Acoustic Bass 575mm x 240mm x 4.5mm (2x)
German spruce soundboards.
This is the preferred material for most classical guitar makers, because of its even warm tonal characteristics, it can also make a superb steel string guitar. Our stocks are from old growth trees from high altitude and are perfect for high quality soundboards. making high grade tops very hard to come by.
Sitka spruce soundboards.
Sitka spruce is a very strong, stiff material and is well established as the first choice in American guitar manufacturing, and although it is not a traditional material for classical guitars there are some makers that use it to very good effect.
Engelmann Spruce (Picea engelmannii)
A species of spruce native to western North America, from central British Columbia and south-west Alberta,to Arizona and New Mexico; Like German Spruce, Engelmann has a beautiful ivory sheen,and is very similar in appearance and tonal characteristics.
Western red cedar
Western red cedar, a good value soundboard, which can produce a good quality loud instrument although it is not as robust a wood as spruce and therefore prone to damage.
Jumbo & Acoustic Bass Sitka Spruce.
German spruceUkulele soundboards.
This is the preferred material for most classical guitar makers, because of its even warm tonal characteristics . Our stocks are from old growth trees from high altitude and are perfect for high quality soundboards.
Please select size and grade required from the drop down list.
How our Soundboards are graded.
AAA Grade. Quarter sawn 90-100%
For exclusive high quality instruments.
Availability is very small.
Light colour, no discolouration, even tight and straight grain, a little wider at the outside of the lower bout. Allowing for one slight variation. For example very slight run out on the outside of the top.
AA Grade Quarter sawn 80-100%
For good quality instruments.
Same as AAA grade, but allowing for some very slight brown lines. very slight waving in grain, slight irregularity in spacing of grain.
Small bear claw markings possible.
A Grade Quarter sawn 70-100%
For mid-priced instruments.
Same as AA grade, but with slight irregularity in spacing, white colour or with some brown lines, run out possible.
Bear claw markings possible.