“Dear Sir,
A few months ago I placed my first order with you and built my very first guitar. Ovangkol back and sides with sitka top.
I have been a craftsman for a number of years, rebuilding antique pianos, including making new soundboards and bridges, and decided to try my hand at guitars after buying a Taylor 814ce.
The results of my first attempt were surprising, to me and to others. Since I'm a bit "old-school" I built it entirey by hand, no table saw, router, joiner etc. (I did use a driss press!). I have already received requests for custom made guitars, and from a store interested in selling them.
It really helped to find quality supplies, all in one place, so I could start this experiment - which may just turn out to be my next and final career.
Many Thanks.
ps. I have just placed a second order so I can start making a few more......”

- Jon Ballard

Figured Maple Electric Tops

     ELECTRICMapleTopPremiumFlame600 ELECTRICMapleTopStrongFlame600 ELECTRICMapleTopGoodFlame600 ELECTRICMapleTopSubtleFlame600
  ELECTRICMapleTopPremiumQuilt600 ELECTRICMapleTopStrongQuilt600 ELECTRICMapleTopGoodQuilt600 ELECTRICMapleTopSubtleQuilt600

Figured Maple is available here in both flame and quilt figure; in premium, strong, good, or subtle grades; and in either top plate (Les Paul) thickness or drop-top thickness.

Our subtle grade has figure that may not appear very distinct in the white, but good staining or shading techniques can bring out a beautiful, soft moving affect. In the better grades the wood will be distinctly figured in the white and with good contrast and figure throughout most of the pattern area. This is what you are used to seeing on vintage Les Paul™ models. The best grades have the highest degree of contrast and intensity of figure and is the hardest to find and acquire. The higher grade quilted tops are the rarest, and thus more expensive than even the finest flamed top. The highest grade tops of both the flamed and quilted tops really are something special, and will give an instrument a dramatic, eye-popping appearance.See how LMI describes FIGURED WOOD.

Maple tops are two (2) pieces – 20" x 7" (50.8cm x 17.8cm)

Available in 2 thicknesses
(unless otherwise stated):
   Top Plates (Les Paul™ carved tops) are 5/8" (15.9mm) thick  •  Drop-tops are 1/4" (6.35mm) thick