"I’m about 10 tops into a stack of 40 cedar tops I got from you, and whenever I want to start a new guitar, I just walk over and pick a top off the stack, and start building.
They are all that great! I don’t have to dink around with the pattern, or select the “best" one: I just start building. I love that!  I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your high standards, and what a pleasure it is to do business with you!"

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BACK & SIDES: Grading and Dimensions

Backs are graded based on the quality of the pattern area on the wood and are not always rectangular. Sides are graded assuming they will be tapered. Small defects may occur outside the pattern areas (see photo).

If you require something that does not fit into the parameters listed below, please call or email us to inquire about different dimensions. They are often available.


Steel String Dreadnought Sets 

Large enough for a typical dreadnought sized guitar.


  • Lower Bout – 15½"
  • Upper Bout – 11½"
  • Body Length – 20"


  • Wide End – 5"
  • Narrow End – 4¼"
  • Length – 32"

Classical/OM Sets
Large enough for a typical 000/OM instrument.
An OM (orchestra model) shape is a little larger than a traditional classical guitar.


  • Lower Bout – 15"
  • Upper Bout – 11 ¼" 
  • Body Length – 19 ½"


  • Wide End – 4½"
  • Narrow End – 3¾"
  • Length – 30"