Several years ago, one of our very appreciated customers – Greg Maxwell of Dogwood Guitars — called to order Master Grade Sitka spruce tops for his guitars. In the discussion, I asked him about his expectations for Master Grade. His answer was pretty much what one would expect — “You know, perfectly quartered, stiff as…

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The spruce tree is embedded in North American culture and mountain landscapes. Many states claim a type of spruce as their state tree- the Alaskan state tree is the Sitka spruce; the Colorado State tree is the Colorado blue spruce; with South Dakota State trees the black Hale spruce and the Utah State tree is…

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The world of guitars is expansive and so are its tonewood options. Reputable acoustic guitar companies, such as Taylor Guitars and Martin & Co. are now offering dozens of standard tonewood options – solid woods, laminated, and synthetics. And then there is Luthiers Mercantile International that carries a huge number of options, also including the…

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The mandolin: synonymous with Bluegrass and American folk music, is one of the most popular acoustic string instruments. If you wish to acquaint yourself with the instrument and its significance in the music industry, learning about the maestros that have played it through the years is a great place to start. There are many famous…

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A Day with the Alaska Specialty Woods Inc crew We at Alaska Specialty Woods do a lot of different tasks to complete our one job, that is to produce the finest soundboard products in the world. Earthone Soundboards, from 100% Salvage sourced Old Growth Sitka Spruce, and Cedars, Native and growing in the forest around…

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What do famous guitar players Ronnie Wood (Rolling Stones), Ben Harper, and David Gilmour (Pink Floyd) all have in common? They’ve all played a Weissenborn guitar at some point in their career. A man named Hermann Weissenborn developed his own unique brand of lap slide guitar in the 1920s and 1930s. Today, if you’re able…

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If everyone reading this could come to Alaska and see Sitka Spruce trees in person, they’d marvel at their majesty. Indeed, life in Alaska is a treat for the senses– just one look around the forest here and you’ll stand in awe, impressed at nature’s beauty. Alaska Specialty Woods is proud to call Alaska home.…

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