"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!"
Alaskan Yellow Cedar (called Canadian Cypress, Yellow-cedar, Alaska Cypress, and Nootka Cypress by some) belongs to a genus so closely related to the true Cypresses that it was once classified with them by botanists. It is one of the most stable of woods in terms of dimensional change due to its low moisture content, and is more immune to cracking than any of the other woods we carry (with the exception being Port Orford Cedar - another Cypress-like tonewood).
Tonally, the wood is especially well suited for flamenco guitars as it’s light weight supports a quick attack and articulate trebles. A growing number of steel string builders these days are gravitating towards the school of thought that says that lower weight back and sides produce the strongest tone, in which case Yellow Cedar should be of great interest. Cosmetically the wood is akin to our highest grade soundboards with tight grain, clear and light color and a lustrous, smooth surface.