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Big Leaf Maple

Available in: American Dream, T5z Pro

Shown: AD27e Flametop



Overview: Though rarely used as a top wood, Big Leaf maple boasts a remarkably distinct voice as a soundboard, serving up a chunky, earthy tone that might remind players of old-school parlor guitars or vintage acoustic recordings. With its fat, woody response, maple translates the player’s unique stylistic tendencies and playing technique into a signature sound for each pair of hands that plays it. Maple with striking visual figuring heightens its appeal as a tonewood, complementing bold sound with equally dazzling aesthetics.

Origin: Pacific Northwest

Goes Well With: Any player hoping for a rustic character in both sound and style.


Big Leaf Maple Popular Models

Big Leaf Maple

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Big Leaf Maple 3

Learn About Top Woods

Hard Woods vs. Soft Woods

Guitar top woods fall into two general categories: hardwoods and softwoods. So what are softwoods and hardwoods, and what’s the difference between a softwood top and a hardwood top?


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.

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