Top Sets

Top Sets (soudboards) are hand "book-matched" in order to assure consistency and visual appeal and are available in three sizes: Classical, Steel-String, and Jumbo (not as common).

The "soundboard" is the top of an acoustic guitar and plays the most critical role in determining the overall tone and projection qualities of the instrument. Spruce...

Top Sets (soudboards) are hand "book-matched" in order to assure consistency and visual appeal and are available in three sizes: Classical, Steel-String, and Jumbo (not as common).

The "soundboard" is the top of an acoustic guitar and plays the most critical role in determining the overall tone and projection qualities of the instrument. Spruce has historically been the wood of choice for acoustic flat-top guitar soundboards. However, Redwoods and Cedar are commonly used in soundboards by guitar-makers with great success.

The following is a summary of woods commonly used in soundboards, and the characteristics of each:
  • Spruce: Crisp high end. Big bottom-end. Lots of volume.
  • Cedar/Redwood: Brilliant, "bell-like" tone.
SIZEDIMENSIONS
IN MM**
DIMENSIONS
IN INCH**
Classic 530 x 200 x 4.5 mm 20.87 x 7.87 x 0.18 "
Western 550 x 215 x 4.5 mm 21.65 x 8.46 x 0.18 "
Jumbo 560 x 230 x 4.5 mm 22.05 x 9.05 x 0.18 "

** Dimensions can vary from top to top. Please contact sales@gjtonewood.com for exact sizes of YOUR tops.

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Subcategories

  • Englemann Spruce

    (Picea engelmannii)

    Engelmann Spruce Soundboard

    Similar to German spruce, Engelmann spruce has uniform color, tight grain, and great sound projection.

  • Russian Spruce

    (Picea orientalis) 

    Russian Spruce Soundboard

    Also Called: Oriental Spruce or Caucasian Spruce

  • Western Red Cedar

    (Thuja plicata)

    Western Red Cedar Soundboard

    It's light weight, strength and dark warm sound make it a popular choice for guitar soundboards

  • Old Growth Redwood

    (Sequoia sempervirens)

    Old Growth Redwood Soundboard

    Old Growth Redwood is an exceptional quality wood (from trees over 500- 1000 years old). Our wood comes from logs left on the forest floor (that we know of!) when the forest was first logged between 1880 and 1910. The all-heartwood Old-Growth is extremely resistant to decay, insects, and remains perfect after lying outdoors for up to 140 years! Some of these trees were alive over 2,500 years ago. Unfortunately, because of over-logging, very little of this precious wood is available anywhere anymore.

    All of Our lumber have tight grain because the trees grew extremely slow in a competitive environment , more than 25 annual growth rings per inch (often up to 50 rings per inch). Our Grades are select clear-heart, mostly vertical grain (the most stable). 

    Old-Growth Redwood has no peers in terms of decay resistance.