• Old Growth Appalachian Red Spruce Dreadnought Guitar Top Tonewood "Adirondack"

Old Growth Appalachian Red Spruce Dreadnought Guitar Top Tonewood "Adirondack"

Old Growth Appalachian Red Spruce Dreadnought Guitar Top Tonewood "Adirondack"

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Old Growth Appalachian Red Spruce Dreadnought Guitar Top Tonewood "Adirondack"

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Old Growth Appalachian Red Spruce Dreadnought Guitar Top Tonewood "Adirondack"

Old Growth trees are those that grew up in competition with surrounding trees for rain, sunlight, and other nutrients. In our experience, 99+% of Red Spruce in the modern instrument market is in fact Second Growth, or "New Growth" wood. Second Growth forest is typically what remains and develops once an area has been logged. These trees grow faster and show wide grain like that of a plantation-grown tree (usually less than 15 growth rings per inch). The vast majority of forest remaining in this country is Second Growth, and the small portion of existing Old Growth is nearly all in protected forests and parks. This makes Old Growth Red Spruce not only one of the most sought-after tonewoods, but also one of the most rare. 
Pre-WWII Martin guitars were constructed from Old Growth wood. Fans of authenticity and pre-war quality should look nowhere else.

 This listing is for one Old Growth Red Spruce (Picea rubens) "Dreadnought" size guitar soundboard. This top is very straight and shows extremely tight, even grain throughout with heavy 'hardline' compression grain. Each compression ring represents a winter that this tree spent growing and strengthening a particular area. The dark 'latewood' is stiffer and a bit heavier than the plain, white wood making up most spruce. This is because of its high lignin content. Lignin is harder, denser, stiffer, and darker in color than cellulose and hemicellulose. Some luthiers believe that lignun is also more consistent with regard to these properties and therefore prefer to use tops with a high lignun content for more consistent results when voicing a top. 
All of our spruce is split into 24" quarters and radial-sawn so as to eliminate runout and ensure perpendicular grain throughout. We have hundreds of tops available in all grades, so feel free to make a larger order including bracewood, back/side sets and anything else you're interested in.
Dimensions (inches)Length: 23 1/2Lower Bout: 17 1/4Thickness: .160+
If you're interested in learning more about the harvest and processing of this wood, you can follow this link to the "unofficial martin guitar forum"

A few more testimonies:

Ken Jones
Mountain Song Guitars

"I'm blown away by these tops. Utterly. . .I would've bought everything they brought if I could. Maybe next time...", "Sweetest, stiffest guitar tops I've ever encountered. . .blown away by their stiffness and beautiful bell-like ring when tapped. . .These tops all came from hand-split billets, which means the grain orientation is perfect, resulting in the greatest strength-to-weight ratio, and hence, the best-sounding guitar tops, because they can be made very thin yet still strong enough to withstand many years of constant string pull. Strong and light is the goal in achieving the best tone from the guitar top."


Greg Seigmund
Clinch River Guitars

"I was lucky enough to help these guys carry Red Spruce billets off the mountain. Some absolutely beautiful wood. . .Cross grain stiffness is off the chart, and it has a very nice ring."


Steve Smith

"I went up to Newport to visit Matt and Nathan and left with a top they said was high AA. I didn't argue but lots would grade it AAA. Really stiff and taps great. With excellent color; I've got a special project planned for it. Also picked up some billets for bracing, some Honduran hog B&S sets (one with awesome figure), and some H. Hog for bridges and face plates. Really satisfied my WAS itch for the day  Great guys and great wood!"


Colin North

"The tops are exactly what I asked for, very stiff both lengthways and across the grain, and extremely well quartered.  Pleasantly surprised to find so much silking, undoubtedly due to the quality of the cutting, which was also evident in the absence of run-out. Just rubbing the boards with my fingers and against each other showed the potential of these soundboards. You have gained a loyal customer."


David Newton
David Newton Guitars

"I think it is the best Red Spruce I have ever bought and am anxious to use it..."


Other happy customers include Bourgeois Guitars, Santa Cruz Guitar Corp.,  Collings Guitars, and Wayne Henderson. 

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Old Growth Appalachian Red Spruce Dreadnought Guitar Top Tonewood "Adirondack"

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