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Ukulele and Flat Mandolin Tops

At Luthiers Mercantile International, ukulele builders and those making other small instruments like flattop mandolins are greeted with the same great variety of tonewoods as guitar makers. During times when our master grade (or 4A grade, as they are more commonly called) is not available, you can assume that the 3A tops will offer quality acceptable for fine, handmade ukuleles. In the lower grades, you can expect a small compromise in the cosmetics of the wood in exchange for a great value. Find out why many of the top ukulele luthiers trust LMI when shopping for soundboards. As always, we welcome your suggestions to help us select the right tonewood for you. Using filters on this site can make finding exactly what you want a simple task. Use the menus above to access the most helpful filters. Narrow in on tops made from Spruce and Redwood, and other enticing species when we have occasion to offer them. Koa tops, when available, are often sold paired with Koa back and sides, so look for them there.