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Port Orford Cedar tops


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Our Port Orford Cedar steel string soundboards measure 8" rather than our typical 8½" dimension. We may have wider tops available, please inquire.

Similar in appearance and scent to Alaskan Yellow Cedar, Port Orford Cedar is stiffer, lighter and thus more suitable for soundboards. Indeed, it is highly sought after for the bold, robust, responsive tone that it imparts on an instrument. It is very even textured, with a slight golden-white color and tight, even grain. A great advantage to the builder is that this wood is more immune to splitting than absolutely any other soundboard wood.

The largest growing member of the Cypress family (like Alaskan Yellow Cedar it is not a true cedar) it has the characteristic peppery smell of Cypress. It is an excellent choice for both classical and steel stringed instruments. Luthiers Greg Byers, James Goodall and Les Stansell have all had great results building with Port Orford Cedar. Though we can not guarantee steady stock levels for this difficult to find wood, we should be receiving a trickle of soundboards on and off into the foreseeable future. If we do not have any tops in stock, please place a backorder and we will fill your order as soon as we can.

See a Port Orford Cedar top by Les Stansell.
See a Port Orford Cedar top by Goodall Guitars. 

Tops Dimensions
  Wood Grading article
  Soundboard quality terms

SKU Product Name In Stock Each  
TPC3ASS Top, Port Orford Cedar, AAA grade, steel string Yes $114.05
TPC2ASS Top, Port Orford Cedar, AA grade, steel string Yes $70.10