Top Adirondack Spruce, 3A grade, uke concert/tenor
Adirondack Spruce was used for the tops on many of the great pre-war American guitars. Many guitarmakers today believe that this wood is a significant contributing factor to the strong, clear tone of those vintage/collectible instruments.
In general, the visual/cosmetic quality in use today by the best builders and high-end factories (typically the 2A tops) has more grain and color variation than either good Sitka or Engelmann Spruce - but that variation has been accepted in acquiring and working with this fine, great sounding wood.
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Additional Grading Concerns with Adirondack
Here is how we factor in some of the less desirable features of Adirondack Spruce when grading our highest grade 3A tops:
Winter grain (dark grain) - We will only allow this when we see
Wide Grain - This is allowed if the top has an overall even and light color (rare in Adirondack). It may also be allowed in less evenly colored tops if it only appears on the outside edge and appears gradually.
Uneven Grain Spacing - This is allowed when the overall color impression is basically light and even or if the grain (especially in the center) is exceptionally tight.
- Wood Species
- Adirondack Spruce
- Shipping Restrictions - Location
- No Restrictions
- 3A Grade
- Ukulele Tenor or smaller
- 12 1/2" or 31.7cm
- .115" or 2.9mm
- Top Width
- 4 3/4" or 12cm