OUR PRODUCTS & GRADING
From the time we assess a potential tree for its suitability in the production of tonewood, to the time it’s packaged for shipment, every step of our process is designed to extract the best qualities from the wood being processed. Continual refinement of our process has resulted in the ability to produce consistent, high-quality soundboards.
We focus on:
Responsible stewardship, we realize the rare and valuable nature of the trees we process. Every step of our process respects this fact.
Minimizing runout, one of our key features being the ability to offer little to no color contrast at the glue-up line regardless of grade.
True quarter cut, generally limiting out at 10 degrees off vertical
Tight Grain, derived from slow-growing trees with consistent growth pattern.
White color, clean healthy trees from the right areas of the forest.
Consistent grading, maintaining repeatable value in each order.
We produce Engelmann spruce into several products as follows:
Steel String guitar size (Western, Dreadnaught): bookmatched soundboards: 5mm x 220mm x 560mm
Classical guitar size (Nylon string): bookmatched soundboards, 5mm x 200mm x 560mm
Mandolin/ Violin carved top soundboards: bookmatched wedges, 29mm-6mm x 150mm x 405mm
Flat-top Mandolin/ Ukulele size: bookmatched soundboards, 5mm x 150mm x 435mm
Bracestock: split or sawn: 25mm+ x 75mm+ x 600mm
SAMPLES OF OUR SPRUCE GRADES
Guitar soundboards are graded into 8 categories encompassing the complete range of criteria required to meet tonal, visual and economic expectations. #1 is highest quality, #8 is lowest.
#1 and #2 grades are quite a rare find. #2 can be selected based on customer preference. Some builders like to prioritize excellent appearance, while others are concerned with the structural and tonal attributes like runout or quarter. If everything has to be as good as it gets, #1 grade is the best choice.
#1: (Master Grade)
BEARCLAW & SPECIALTY TONEWOOD
At times we cut tops with bearclaw figure or other unique and desirable features, these select tops are treated separately, graded first on basic wood quality according to soundboard grade criteria and then the unique feature is quantified on a 1-10 basis, 1 being considerable, 10 being amazing. Please inquire for available inventory.
Violin/Mandolin and bracestock products are categorized into 2 classifications: #2(Good) and #1(Best).