Sitka Spruce soundboard blank for acoustic guitar
AA grade, good quality timber
Includes two bookmatched halves minimum size 580mm x 215mm x 3mm (23" x 8 1/2" x 1/8")
Sitka Spruce is the most commonly used soundboard timber on good quality steel string guitars. It is rarely used on classical guitars as it is not as sensitive as other top woods. Sitka grows in abundance in north USA, Alaska and Canada though only a small percentage of trees are suitable for guitar tops.
Quality - The higher grade tops are more even in colour and have close even grain spacing. Lower grades may display colour variations, and slightly wider grain lines, this timber is still appealing and produces an excellent sound.
The timber used for sound boards is usually split from logs into quartersawn billets which are then resawn. This ensures the unbroken grain runs the full length of the soundboard.
Look - Colour is generally a little darker than the other spruces ranging from off-white to pinkish light brown. The grain lines are fine and distinct, the quartersawn wood exhibits a silky appearance due to the strong medullary rays.
Sound - Acoustic guitars with Sitka Spruce soundboards have are loud with good clarity and a bright tone.
Price - The price of Sitka is between that of Western Red Cedar and European Spruce. The less expensive lower grade tops are still very nice and tonally equal to the higher grades.
Availability/Renewability - Good quality Sitka is still easily available, however Sitka forests are still being cleared for paper pulp so the future of this timber is uncertain.