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Top Woods

The unique acoustic properties of top woods help color a body shape’s fundamental sound. The key is to find the wood that matches up best with your playing style, like the warmth of a cedar top for fingerpicking and the feeling of responsiveness in your hands. In the end, our goal is simple: to help you find the ultimate tone.

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Sitka Spruce

The soundboard choice for most guitars, Sitka spruce produces a broad dynamic range and accommodates a versatile range of playing styles.

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Walnut

As a top wood, walnut’s natural compression blends with an open, airy midrange to yield a  versatile response suited to a range of musical applications.

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Lutz Spruce

This natural hybrid of Sitka and White spruce also shares characteristics with Adirondack spruce, responding with power, richness and volume.

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Tropical Mahogany

The hardwood top produces strong fundamentals with clarity and focus.

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Big Leaf Maple

Though mostly known as a body wood, maple offers a dry, midrange-centric tone profile when used as a soundboard.

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Hawaiian Koa

A koa top's visual beauty is instantly inspiring, while its sonic rewards unfold over time, as warm, sweet overtones gradually emerge.

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Western Red Cedar

A true performer for those with a lighter touch, cedar tops yield extra warmth and pair nicely with mahogany and rosewood.

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Sinker Redwood

Tight grain structure and cross-grain stiffness produce a bold and brilliant response with warm overtones. Think cedar on steroids.

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Engelmann Spruce

Engelmann has a mature tone and yields a slightly richer midrange than Sitka.

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European Spruce

Similar to Engelmann spruce, with extra headroom and overtone warmth for a robust, mature sound.

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Adirondack Spruce

Loud, dynamic, clear and undeniably loud, Adirondack is a good match for players with a driving attack.