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“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

Western Redcedar tops

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Western Redcedar exists as a counterpart to Spruce with a distinct set of attributes that has gained a devoted set of fans among luthiers and guitarists. Today many high quality nylon string guitars, and increasingly steel string guitars, are made with Cedar.

Cedar is more fragile and not as elastic as Spruce, but it is more stable with changes in moisture content. It is liked for its warm color, straight grain, and clear crisp tap tone. The sound of a Cedar topped guitar is regarded for its harmonic richness and complexity and for a wider dynamic range compared to Spruce – though it’s lack of “headroom” makes it a poor choice for heavy handed flatpickers. The color ranges from light to reddish to (only rarely) chocolate brown with subtle unevenness of color being allowed sometimes even in the higher grades.

See a Western Redcedar top on a guitar by Mark Berry.


SKU Product Name In Stock Each 3+  
TWC3ASS Top, Western Redcedar, AAA grade, steel string Yes $61.95 $55.14
TWC2ASS Top, Western Redcedar, AA grade, steel string Yes $42.59 $37.91
TWC2ACL Top, Western Redcedar, AA grade, classical/OM Yes $40.46 $36.01
TWC1ASS Top, Western Redcedar, A grade, steel string Yes $33.64 $29.94
TWC1ACL Top, Western Redcedar, A grade, classical/OM Yes $31.96 $28.44
TWC2SS Top, Western Redcedar, 2nd grade, steel string Yes $26.58 $23.65