Top Woods

adirondack-squareAdirondack (Red) Spruce: Adirondak spruce has been the choice of bluegrass pickers for decades, and seems to add power to any guitar design… Read More



bearclaw-squareBearclaw Sitka Spruce:

Bearclaw has a shallow, cross-grain curl that seems to increase cross-grain stiffness. Many luthiers feel that it enhances the tone and sustain of spruce …Read More


englemann-squareEngelmann Spruce:

Engelmann spruce is a silky pale spruce, similar in color to European spruce. It responds best to a light touch and light strings …Read More


euro-spruce-squareEuropean Spruce:

Europe: from northwest Norway and Poland eastward, and also in the mountains of Central Europe, to the western edge of the Alps, and southeast in the Carpathians and Balkans, to the extreme north of Greece …Read More



Koa is one of the most visually stunning woods available, with golden hues and often-dramatic figure. It is characterized by a tone that is both clear and sweet with a voice grows sweeter over time …Read More



Mahogany is a medium-lightweight wood, ranging in color from light brown to dark, primarily used for necks because of the feel and the stability it provides …Read More



Redwood is a dark, beautiful top wood favored by fingerstyle players who appreciate clear upper harmonic content. Sinker redwood is a special type of redwood that comes from logs that were submerged in oxygen-free environments in the bottom of lakes or ocean waters, yielding darker, more striped, and often stiffer and lighter wood …Read More

PORTO-SQUAREPort Orford Cedar:

Port Orford cedar is a highly aromatic wood, delivering a subtle but powerful tone …Read More



Sapele is similar both visually and tonally to dense mahogany, but both darker and harder, giving it a strong visual presence and a bit more upper harmonic content and low-end clarity. It’s a good choice for many sizes and shapes, and works well for strumming and fingerstyle …Read More

sitka-spruce-squareSitka Spruce:

Sitka spruce is grown in the northwest, and has been the primary top wood for U.S.A. instruments for many decades. It is strong, light, and gives an extended harmonic content and nearly equals the power of Adirondack …Read More


red-cedar-squareWestern Red Cedar:

Western red cedar is a wonderful wood for fingerstyle players. It is softer than spruce, so it requires a careful and accurate touch, and it rewards with sweet, extended harmonic content …Read More