Abies Project Italian Alpine Spruce Top, Dreadnought-size set number 051
  • Abies Project Italian Alpine Spruce Top, Dreadnought-size set number 051
  • Abies Project Italian Alpine Spruce Top, Dreadnought-size set number 051
  • Abies Project Italian Alpine Spruce Top, Dreadnought-size set number 051
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Top Italian Alpine Spruce, Abies Project AURA, dreadnought

$265.00

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These Italian Spruce tops are specially selected and tested in order to create superior sounding tops. The physical properties of the wood are entered into an algorithm that transposes them into an index of performance -called the SRC (Sound Radiation Coefficient). SRC is best defined as the potential of a top to produce volume and respond to harmonic stimuli (such as vibrating strings). According to Trevor Gore, any top with an SRC over 12 has the ability to produce a truly excellent sounding instrument. To learn more about Gore’s incorporation of SRC into lutherie, his book can be found here: https://goreguitars.com.au/shop/

Abies Project Italian Alpine Spruce Top, Dreadnought-size set number 051

INCLUDES BRACEWOOD - see photo.

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Choose how you want your top serviced. If you are having us inlay a rosette, skip this step as the joining is included with a rosette inlay. 

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  • Join and sand top to .115" - skip this step if you are having your rosette inlaid. (ref: SVTJS115)

    $25.00
    Join and sand top to .115" - skip this step if you are having your rosette inlaid. (ref: SVTJS115)

    $25.00
  • Join and sand top to .110" - skip this step if you are having your rosette inlaid. (ref: SVTJS110)

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    Join and sand top to .110" - skip this step if you are having your rosette inlaid. (ref: SVTJS110)

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  • Sand unjoined top to .115" - skip this step if you are having your rosette inlaid. (ref: SVT115)

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    Sand unjoined top to .115" - skip this step if you are having your rosette inlaid. (ref: SVT115)

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  • Sand unjoined top to .110" - skip this step if you are having your rosette inlaid. (ref: SVT110)

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    Sand unjoined top to .110" - skip this step if you are having your rosette inlaid. (ref: SVT110)

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Choose your rosette and then in the next step choose "inlay rosette and we will inlay it as shown in the drawing. 3-ring rosettes include the inner and outer ring purfling PFLMSH5. 

If you would like to buy a rosette but don't choose to have your rosette inlaid, you can select it, but don't choose the inlay option. 

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If you would like to have your rosette inlaid, we will inlay it as shown in the rosette photograph. This customization includes the joining and thickness sanding of your soundboard to approximately .110".

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If you have elected to have us join your top, you may also wish to have us profile it. We will profile your top to the shape you choose leaving approximately 1/4 inch of extra material beyond the outline. This excess material can be removed later, once your box is complete, using a router with a flush trim bit or by other appropriate means. 

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  • Profile joined top to dreadnought shape based on our PL48 plan (ref: SVPTD)

    $5.00
    Profile joined top to dreadnought shape based on our PL48 plan (ref: SVPTD)

    Bandsaw profile your joined top or back to approximately 1/4" of a PL48 dreadnought plan profile.  

    $5.00
  • Profile joined top to cutaway dreadnought shape based on our PL48C plan (ref: SVPTCUTD)

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    Profile joined top to cutaway dreadnought shape based on our PL48C plan (ref: SVPTCUTD)

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  • Profile joined top to OM/000 shape based on our PL34 plan (ref: SVPTOM)

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    Profile joined top to OM/000 shape based on our PL34 plan (ref: SVPTOM)

    Bandsaw profile your joined top or back to approximately 1/4" of a PL34 OM/000 plan profile.

    $5.00
  • Profile joined top to cutaway OM/000 shape based on our PL34C plan (ref: SVPTCUTOM)

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    Profile joined top to cutaway OM/000 shape based on our PL34C plan (ref: SVPTCUTOM)

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  • Profile joined top to classical shape based on our PL42/PL64 plan (ref: SVPTC)

    We profile to the 1966 Ramirez plan (plan SKU PL28, template SKU SPT1). This is very close to both the '37 Hauser plan (plan SKU PL64, template SKU SPT14)  and the '43/'48 Hauser plan (plan SKU PL40, template SKU SPT2)(they are both slightly smaller but very close) so this customization will work for all three. 

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    Profile joined top to classical shape based on our PL42/PL64 plan (ref: SVPTC)

    Bandsaw profile your joined top or back to approximately 1/4" of a PL64 classical profile. 

    $5.00
  • Profile joined top to parlor (small orchestra) shape based on our PL29 plan (ref: SVPTP)

    $5.00
    Profile joined top to parlor (small orchestra) shape based on our PL29 plan (ref: SVPTP)

    Bandsaw profile your joined top or back to approximately 1/4" of a PL29 parlor/small concert plan profile. 

    $5.00
  • Profile joined top to flamenco shape based on our PL75 plan (ref: SVPTF)

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    Profile joined top to flamenco shape based on our PL75 plan (ref: SVPTF)

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  • Profile joined top to J-45/J-50 shape based on our PL67 plan (ref: SVPTG)

    $5.00
    Profile joined top to J-45/J-50 shape based on our PL67 plan (ref: SVPTG)

    $5.00
  • Profile joined top to J-185 shape based on our PL72 plan (ref: SVPTSJ)

    $5.00
    Profile joined top to J-185 shape based on our PL72 plan (ref: SVPTSJ)

    $5.00
  • Profile joined top to J-200 shape based on our PL55 plan (ref: SVPTJ)

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    Profile joined top to J-200 shape based on our PL55 plan (ref: SVPTJ)

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Bracewood included. The bracewood is essentially a billet of well-quartered spruce sawn into 1/2" widths (see photo).

These Italian Spruce tops are specially selected and tested (not just graded) to put you ahead of the game when it comes to making superior-sounding tops. These tops are first selected for aesthetic excellence and then measured for their physical and acoustic properties. These properties are entered into an algorithm that transposes them into an index of performance - called the SRC (Sound Radiation Coefficient). SRC is best defined as the potential of a top to produce volume and respond to harmonic stimuli (such as vibrating strings). We say ‘potential’ because all the other elements that contribute to the sound of the instrument must be present, of course, to allow the top to function at its best.

According to Trevor Gore, any top with an SRC over 12 has the ability to produce a truly excellent sounding instrument. To learn more about Gore’s incorporation of SRC into lutherie, his book can be found here: https://goreguitars.com.au/shop/

There are three aesthetic classifications for these special soundboards: NIX (which means ‘snow’) are the clearest and most white tops. URSA tops have some element of bearclaw in the wood. AURA, while capable of producing the highest quality sound, may have some slight color, as well as grainline variations.

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Wood Species
Italian Spruce
Shipping Restrictions - Location
No Restrictions
Grade
AURA
Size
Dreadnought or smaller
Length
20" or 50.8cm
Thickness
.120"+ or 3mm+
Top Width
Lower bout 15 1/2" or 39.37cm Upper bout 11 1/2" or 29.27cm
Serial Number
051
Density
6.2
Young's Modulus
10.8
Sound Radiation Coefficient
14.1

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Top Italian Alpine Spruce, Abies Project AURA, dreadnought

Abies sp.

These Italian Spruce tops are specially selected and tested in order to create superior sounding tops. The physical properties of the wood are entered into an algorithm that transposes them into an index of performance -called the SRC (Sound Radiation Coefficient). SRC is best defined as the potential of a top to produce volume and respond to harmonic stimuli (such as vibrating strings). According to Trevor Gore, any top with an SRC over 12 has the ability to produce a truly excellent sounding instrument. To learn more about Gore’s incorporation of SRC into lutherie, his book can be found here: https://goreguitars.com.au/shop/

Abies Project Italian Alpine Spruce Top, Dreadnought-size set number 051

INCLUDES BRACEWOOD - see photo.

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