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#1 posted 08-04-2012 04:12 AM

You can use spruce you have for the top but what you
have may not meet soundboard criteria. It should be
quartersawn and selected for minimal runout. Runout
is caused by trees twisting as they grow and this is one
reason premium soundboard woods are harvested at
specific altitudes and where growing conditions cause
even spacing of growth rings and less twisting of the

...soundboard selection is not especially difficult to learn,
but I’d rather go to a guitar show or shop where
many soundboard sets are in stock than mail order
them. One luthier I know makes about 40 guitars
a year and mail orders 100 premium soundboard sets
at the beginning of his production cycle. He selects
them for tone, appearance and stiffness and sends
back the other 60.

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