SPECIAL HIGH Grade Western Hemlock Dreadnought Guitar
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SPECIAL HIGH Grade Western Hemlock Dreadnought tops are produced with the finest tonewood fiber in the world. Procured from salvage sourced old-growth Sitka Spruce.
These boards are absolutely beautiful. Not usually used for soundboards, mostly because it is hard to find a tree that is absent the pitch sipe lines usually present, that makes a soundboard unsightly. Therefor to produce, most sets are rejects because of those black sipe lines. Anyway hemlock is a shade tolerant tree, and will grow very slowly under an old growth forest canopy and survive. The result is fine straight grain that averages 20+ lines per inch. Luthier Alan Carruth purchased some of this specie of boards last time we had some in 2000-01 and did some tests to compare to sitka he had. He revealed to me that the numbers indicated that the sound board was superior. The wood is listed as 12% stronger than sitka by the USFS testing lab in Wisconsin.
Dreadnaught – Most 2 pc bookset boards are cut 8.5+” x 23 but may or not pattern all of the width and length. These tops will pattern [per half] Lower bout 8”, waist 5.25 , upper bout 5.75” x 19.75-20” inches long which is the range of the 4 dreadnought gtr patterns we have to go by. If your measurements crowd these dimensions, it would be wise to let us know what your doing in the comments box of the order, during checkout; or best, contact us before ordering.
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