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Top Adirondack Spruce, 3A grade, dreadnought, tempered

$205.46

Adirondack Spruce was used for the tops on many of the great pre-war American guitars. Many guitarmakers today believe that this wood is a significant contributing factor to the strong, clear tone of those vintage/collectible instruments. 

In general, the visual/cosmetic quality in use today by the best builders and high-end factories (typically the 2A (AA) tops) has more grain and color variation than either good Sitka or Engelmann Spruce - but that variation has been accepted in acquiring and working with this fine, great sounding wood.

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Choose how you want your top serviced. If you are having us inlay a rosette, skip this step as the joining is included with a rosette inlay. 

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  • Join and sand top to .115" - skip this step if you are having your rosette inlaid. (ref: SVTJS115)

    $25.00
    Join and sand top to .115" - skip this step if you are having your rosette inlaid. (ref: SVTJS115)

    $25.00
  • Join and sand top to .110" - skip this step if you are having your rosette inlaid. (ref: SVTJS110)

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    Join and sand top to .110" - skip this step if you are having your rosette inlaid. (ref: SVTJS110)

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  • Sand unjoined top to .115" - skip this step if you are having your rosette inlaid. (ref: SVT115)

    $25.00
    Sand unjoined top to .115" - skip this step if you are having your rosette inlaid. (ref: SVT115)

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  • Sand unjoined top to .110" - skip this step if you are having your rosette inlaid. (ref: SVT110)

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    Sand unjoined top to .110" - skip this step if you are having your rosette inlaid. (ref: SVT110)

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Choose your rosette and then in the next step choose "inlay rosette and we will inlay it as shown in the drawing. 3-ring rosettes include the inner and outer ring purfling PFLMSH5. 

If you would like to buy a rosette but don't choose to have your rosette inlaid, you can select it, but don't choose the inlay option. 

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If you have elected to have us join your top, you may also wish to have us profile it. We will profile your top to the shape you choose leaving approximately 1/4 inch of extra material beyond the outline. This excess material can be removed later, once your box is complete, using a router with a flush trim bit or by other appropriate means. 

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  • Profile joined top to dreadnought shape based on our PL48 plan (ref: SVPTD)

    $5.00
    Profile joined top to dreadnought shape based on our PL48 plan (ref: SVPTD)

    Bandsaw profile your joined top or back to approximately 1/4" of a PL48 dreadnought plan profile.  

    $5.00
  • Profile joined top to cutaway dreadnought shape based on our PL48C plan (ref: SVPTCUTD)

    $5.00
    Profile joined top to cutaway dreadnought shape based on our PL48C plan (ref: SVPTCUTD)

    $5.00
  • Profile joined top to OM/000 shape based on our PL34 plan (ref: SVPTOM)

    $5.00
    Profile joined top to OM/000 shape based on our PL34 plan (ref: SVPTOM)

    Bandsaw profile your joined top or back to approximately 1/4" of a PL34 OM/000 plan profile.

    $5.00
  • Profile joined top to cutaway OM/000 shape based on our PL34C plan (ref: SVPTCUTOM)

    $5.00
    Profile joined top to cutaway OM/000 shape based on our PL34C plan (ref: SVPTCUTOM)

    $5.00
  • Profile joined top to classical shape based on our PL42/PL64 plan (ref: SVPTC)

    $5.00
    Profile joined top to classical shape based on our PL42/PL64 plan (ref: SVPTC)

    Bandsaw profile your joined top or back to approximately 1/4" of a PL64 classical profile. 

    $5.00
  • Profile joined top to parlor (small orchestra) shape based on our PL29 plan (ref: SVPTP)

    $5.00
    Profile joined top to parlor (small orchestra) shape based on our PL29 plan (ref: SVPTP)

    Bandsaw profile your joined top or back to approximately 1/4" of a PL29 parlor/small concert plan profile. 

    $5.00
  • Profile joined top to flamenco shape based on our PL75 plan (ref: SVPTF)

    $5.00
    Profile joined top to flamenco shape based on our PL75 plan (ref: SVPTF)

    $5.00
  • Profile joined top to J-45/J-50 shape based on our PL67 plan (ref: SVPTG)

    $5.00
    Profile joined top to J-45/J-50 shape based on our PL67 plan (ref: SVPTG)

    $5.00
  • Profile joined top to J-185 shape based on our PL72 plan (ref: SVPTSJ)

    $5.00
    Profile joined top to J-185 shape based on our PL72 plan (ref: SVPTSJ)

    $5.00
  • Profile joined top to J-200 shape based on our PL55 plan (ref: SVPTJ)

    $5.00
    Profile joined top to J-200 shape based on our PL55 plan (ref: SVPTJ)

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Additional Grading Concerns with Adirondack 

Here is how we factor in some of the less desirable features of Adirondack Spruce when grading our highest grade 3A tops:

Winter grain (dark grain) - We will only allow this when we see tight grain in the center and if it does not detract from an overall lighter color impression from the whole top. Normally it is only going to be on the outside edge of the top. If winter grain is found elsewhere on the top (somewhere in the middle) it is because it is not visually overbearing and because the tightness and evenness of the grain is so exceptional.

Wide Grain - This is allowed if the top has an overall even and light color (rare in Adirondack). It may also be allowed in less evenly colored tops if it only appears on the outside edge and appears gradually.

Uneven Grain Spacing - This is allowed when the overall color impression is basically light and even or if the grain (especially in the center) is exceptionally tight.

Details

Wood Species
Adirondack Spruce
Shipping Restrictions - Location
No Restrictions
Grade
3A Grade
Size
Dreadnought or smaller
Length
20"
Thickness
.120" +
Top Width
Lower bout 15 1/2" Upper bout 11 1/2"
Tempered
Yes, tempered

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Top Adirondack Spruce, 3A grade, dreadnought, tempered

Adirondack Spruce was used for the tops on many of the great pre-war American guitars. Many guitarmakers today believe that this wood is a significant contributing factor to the strong, clear tone of those vintage/collectible instruments. 

In general, the visual/cosmetic quality in use today by the best builders and high-end factories (typically the 2A (AA) tops) has more grain and color variation than either good Sitka or Engelmann Spruce - but that variation has been accepted in acquiring and working with this fine, great sounding wood.

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