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available wood for guitar tops

(If you can't find what you are looking for here, please contact me.  I can always find other types of woods in case you have something else in mind.)

 


I've started putting in a few guitar pictures next to some of the top wood so you can see how that piece looked on the finished product.
 

    
    Here is the beginning of my sorting out of wood for guitar tops.  I've simplified my grading system as I believe that the multiple A grading is a bit confusing and very subjective. (It used to run from A to triple A 'back in the old days', but now I see as many as six A's, so obviously inflation has taken hold...)  S will be my standard grade which is included in the 'base price' for a custom guitar.  UG will be my first level of upgraded tops, and UG+ will stand for anything above that.  A lot of the material that I have here has a lot of mineral coloring, spalting and very bizarre grain patterns.  I love all kinds of unusual and live-looking Maple in all shades from white through to dark tan, so you'll find a fair selection of every color here eventually, as time permits. For those of you who do prefer more traditional looking Maple, you'll find a good selection here as well.  Please check back, as I'll be putting in more pieces of wood as I sort them out.  If you have any questions about any of the pieces you see, please contact me by email or phone.

Last uppdated 11/4/16

 

 

S = Standard grade, no extra charge
UG = Upgrade, (extra charge $125 - $200) call for info.
UG+ = Upgrade plus, (extra charge $200 - $450) call for  info.
 

 

Carved tops

Quilted Maple for carved tops   
(Standard 6-strings, Standard Hollow body, 12-string, Macro, Micro, Valiant) 
 
    Please note!  The samples below are NOT cut to shape.  Some pieces are photographed with a "paper cutout" just to give an idea how it will look on any guitar.  All samples below can be used for any guitar that needs a carved top such as a Standard, Brigand, Valiant, Macro, Micro or 12-string.
(quilt) (quilt) (quilt) (quilt) (quilt)     (quilt)   (quilt)  (quilt)  
Qc1
Qc1  UG Qc2  UG Qc3  UG Qc4   S Qc8   S Qc12     S Qc13     S Qc14  S
(quilt)   (quilt)     (quilt)   (quilt)      (quilt)      (quilt)     (quilt)   (quilt)  
Quilted Maple for carved top     
 Qc15   S Qc17    UG Qc18    S Qc19   UG Qc23    S Qc26  S  Qc29   UG+  Qc30   UG+ 
 (quilt)  (quilt)    (quilt)   (quilt)         (quilt)     (quilt)       ( quilt)   (quilt) 
  Quilted Maple for carved top  Qc35  Qc37    multi-colored Maple  Multicolored Quilted Maple for carved top 
Qc31   UG+   Qc33  S  Qc35  UG  Qc37   UG+  Qc38  UG+    Qc 39  UG+  Qc 40  UG Qc41 UG 
 (quilt)  (quilt)    (quilt)    (quilt)                   
Giffin Standard, Quilt top Valiant, Quilt top        
Qc6  UG Used    Qc11  UG+Used  Qc22 UG  Used  Qc24 UG  Used        

 
 


 


Flamed Maple for carved tops
(Standard 6-strings, Standard Hollow body, 12-string,
Macro, Micro, Valiant)
    Please note!  The samples below are NOT cut to shape.  Some pieces are photographed with a "paper cutout" just to give an idea how it will look on any guitar.  All samples below can be used for any guitar that needs a carved top such as a Standard, Brigand, Valiant, Macro, Micro or 12-string.
 
 
(flame) (curly) (curly) (curly) (curly) (curly) (curly) (curly)
 Fc1  UG Fc3  S Fc7  S Fc8  S Fc10  S Fc11  S Fc12  UG Fc15  S
 
(curly) (curly) (flame) (curly)  (curly)  (flame) (flame)  (flame) 
         
Fc19   UG Fc22   S Fc23   UG Fc29  S   Fc32   S Fc36  S  Fc38   S  Fc39   S 
 
(curly spalt)  (curly)  (curly/flame)  (curly)  (flame, one-piece)   (flame)  (flame)  (odd flame) 
               
 Fc46  S Fc47    S  Fc48    S  Fc49  UG+  Fc51  UG  Fc53   UG  Fc57    S  Fc59    UG 
 
 (curly)  (curly)   (flame)   (curly)  (curly)  (curly)   (curly)   (curly)  
        On-piece, hard, curly Maple  One-piece, hard, curly Maple  One-piece, hard, curly Maple  Old, hard, Curly Maple 
Fc60     UG  Fc62     S  Fc63    UG  Fc64    S   Fc68    UG  Fc69     UG    Fc70     UG    Fc71   UG
 
(curly)  Birds'Eye  Birds'Eye  (flame)     (flame)   (flame)     (curly)  one-piece 
Curly Maple for carved top    Birds'Eye Maple top Birds'Eye Maple for top  Flame Maple for carved top         
 Fc73    S Fc75    UG    Fc76    UG+  Fc77    UG    Fc84    S   Fc85   UG   Fc87 UGone-piece 
 
(curly)   (fan-flame)    (curly/flame)   (flame)   (curly/flame)  (curly)   (flame)   (flame)  
          Curly Maple for carved top  Fc102  Fc103 
 Fc92   S  Fc93   UG  Fc94 UG+   Fc95 S   Fc96    UG+   Fc100  S  Fc102   S   Fc103   
 
(flame)   (curly)    (figured/curly)   (flame)   (curly)   (flame)   (curly)   (curly)  
Fc105   Fc106 Fc108  Fc109  Fc110  Fc111  Fc112  Fc113 
 Fc105    S  Fc106    UG  Fc108   UG  Fc109  S   Fc110     Fc111      UG  Fc112    S    Fc113   S
 
(curly)   (curly)   (curly)   (flame)   (flame)   (flame)   (flame)   (flame)  
Fc114   Fc115 Fc116  Fc117  Fc117  Fc119  Fc20  Fc121 
 Fc114    UG Fc115    UG  Fc116  S  Fc117   S   Fc118     UG+  Fc119    UG+    Fc120   UG+   Fc121    UG+
 
(Wild curly)  (flame)  rib-cage flame (curly) 1-piec(curly) 1-piece(curly) 1-piece(curly) 1-piece(curly)
Fc123  Fc124 unusual grain pattern  Fc126 Ft127 Fc128 Fc129 Fc130
 Fc123   UG+ Fc124   UG+  Fc125  UG+  Fc126  UG Fc127 UG+ Fc128 UG+ Fc129 UG+  Fc130  UG+
 
(flame) (curly)  (Maple burl) New!  (Maple burl) New!  (curly)  New!  (curly)  New!  (curly)  New!  (curly)  New!
Fc131 Fc132 Fc133 Fc134 Fc135 Fc136 Fc137 Fc138
Fc131 UG Fc132 UG+ Fc133 UG Fc134 UG Fc135 UG+ Fc136 UG Fc137  S Fc138 UG
 
(flame)  New! (flame)  New!  (flame)  New! (flame)  New!        
Fc139 Fc140 Fc141 Fc142        
Fc139  S Fc140   S Fc141   S Fc142   S        
    
     Examples of Flame tops on finished guitars:
 
(flame) (flame) (flame) (flame)  (flame)   (flame)   (flame)    (flame) (Birds Eye)  
Brigand, Trans-black Finished guitar with flamed Maple top    Giffin Standard, Trans-black    Bird's Eye Maple top on Hollow-body 6-string 
used      Birds Eye Maple for carved top 
 Fc13  UG 
 Used
 Fc18  UG+
Used
Fc21 UG+
Used 
 Fc27  S
Used
Fc34 UG 
 
Used 
 Fc44 UG 
Used
 
Fc45 
 Used
 Fc50  UG
 Used
Fc72UG
 
Used
 
 

 
   
  
Other wood  for carved tops   
(Standard 6-strings, Standard Hollow body, 12-string, Macro, Micro)  
    Please note!  The samples below are NOT cut to shape.  Some pieces are photographed with a "paper cutout" just to give an idea how it will look on any guitar.  Every sample below can be used for any guitar that needs a carved top such as a Standard, Brigand, Valiant, or 12-string.
 
Curly
Redwood
Curly
Redwood
Curly
Redwood
Curly
Redwood
Curly
Redwood
  Curly Cherry   Curly Cherry  
  Curly Redwood for carved top Curly Redwood for carved top Curly Redwood for carved top   Curly Cherry for carved top  Curly Cherry for carved top 
 CRWc2  UG CRWc29   UG CRWc35   UG CRWc36   UG CRWc37  UG+   CCc33   UG   CCc34    UG
 
Curly Walnut Curly Walnut Curly Walnut Curly Walnut Curly Walnut Highly Fig. Waln. Curly Walnut Curly Walnut
  WALc41 WALc46 WALc47 WALc48 WALc49 WALc50 WALc51
 WALc7 S WALc41   S WALc46   UG+ WALc47   UG WALc48   UG+ WALc49   UG WALc50  UG+  WALc51  UG
 
Highly Fig. Waln. Fig. Walnut Fig. Walnut   Curly Koa  Curly Koa  Curly Koa  Curly Koa  Curly Koa 
WALc52              
WALc52   UG   WALc53  UG+  WALc54  UG KOAc9 UG  KOAc10  UG  KOAc14   S  KOAc20 UG   KOAc21 UG
 
Spalted Maple  Spalted Maple  Spalted Maple  Spalted Maple  Spalted Maple  Spalted Maple  Spalted Maple  Spalted Maple  
      Spalted Maple for carved top    SPc42  SPc43  SPc44 
 SPc11 UG SPc12  UG  SPc18  UG  SPc27   S  SPc31  S  SPc42  S  SPc43   S   SPc44   S
 
Ziricote   Myrtle  Curly Mahogany    Curly Bubinga Kauri  Kauri    Kauri  Kauri 
Ziricote for carved top - dry    Myrtle top CMc45  one-piece top  50,000 year old wood  50,000 year old wood  50,000 year old wood  50,000 year old wood 
 ZIRc25   UG MYRc26  UG   CMc45   S BUBc1  UG  KAUc1 UG KAUc2 UG+ KAUc3 UG  KAUc4 UG+
 
Redwood
Burl
Curly
Walnut
Redwood
Burl
Ziricote Curly
Redwood
Figured
Walnut

Curly Bubinga
   
  Curly RW top on a Giffin 12-string Standard, Walnut top, P90s - body view2 Cust.Stand. Curly Bubinga top - body view 5     
WALc38 there are 6 or 7 more of these tops available     
 RBc5 UG
 Used
WALc13UG
Used
 RBc17 UG+
 
Used
 ZIRc19 UG
 Used
CRWc23UG+
Used
WALc38UG+
Used
BUBc24 UG 
Used
   
     
 

 


Thin tops
 

 
   
Quilted Maple for flat-tops or drop-tops 
 
(T Deluxe)
Please Note!  Any sample below can be used for T-Deluxe or any "flat-top guitar that needs a "thin" top.  The wood is NOT cut to shape yet.  (Some pieces are photographed with a "paper cutout" just to give an idea how it will look on any guitar.)
 
(quilt) (quilt) (quilt) (quilt) (quilt) (quilt) (quilt) (quilt)
 Qt1   UG Qt2    S Qt3  UG Qt4  UG+ Qt5   UG Qt6    UG Qt7   UG Qt8   S
 
(quilt) (quilt) (quilt) (quilt) (quilt) (quilt) (quilt) (quilt)
Multi colored Quilt Multi colored Quilt Multicolored Quilted Maple
  Qt9  UG Qt10   S Qt12    UG+ Qt13    S Qt14    S Qt16     UG+ Qt17    UG+  Qt18    UG+  
 
(quittle)    (quilt)  (wild curl)   (quilt) (quittle)  (quilt)  (quilt)   (quittle) 
Quittle Maple top Quilted Maple Wild Curl Maple top Quilted Maple for top Quittle for flat top
 Qt19    UG+ Qt20    UG+    Qt21   UG+ Qt22   UG Qt23    UG  Qt25   UG+ Qt26    UG+ Qt27   UG

(quilt) (quilt)   (quilt) (quilt)         (quilt)
Quilted Maple for flat top Qt30 Qt31 Qt32       T Deluxe, Quilted  Mulitcolored Maple top
Multi colored Quilt
  Qt28   UG Qt30   UG Qt31  UG+ Qt32  UG+        Qt15  UG+ Used 


 Flamed Maple  for flat-tops or drop-tops  

(Model T Deluxe and Custom T)

 
(curly) (curly) (curly) (flame) (flame/mix) (curly) (flame) (bird's eye)
  Birds Eye Maple
  Ft1  S Ft2   UG Ft5   S  Ft9   S Ft11   S Ft12   S Ft20   UG+  Ft22  UG
 
(BirdsEye) (flame) (BirdsEye) (flame)  (flame) (angel-step) (flame)
Birds Eye Maple top Flame Maple Birds Eye Maple Flame Maple for thin top Flame Maple for thin top
Ft23   UG Ft24  S Ft25  S Ft27   UG+  Ft28  UUG+ Ft30     UG  Ft31    S
 
    (curly)   (flame)        (flame)       (curly)   (flame)     (flame)     (flame)  
Curly Maple for flat top Flamed Maple for flat top Ft40 Ft41
Ft32  UG Ft36   UG+ Ft37   UG+ Ft38 UG    Ft39 UG Ft40   S   Ft41    UG
 
(flame)  (curly)   (flame) (flame)   (curly) (flame)  (curly)
Flame Maple top Ft43 Ft44 Ft46 Ft47 Ft48 Ft49 Ft50
 Ft43   S Ft44  UG Ft46   S   Ft47    UG  Ft48    UG Ft49     UG Ft50 UG+
 
(flame)  (flame)   (flame) (curly)  1-piece(curly)       (curly/burl)
Ft51 Ft52 Ft53 Ft54 Ft55    
  Ft51  UG+ Ft52 UG+  Ft53 UG Ft54 S Ft55 UG+      Ft10 S  Used
 
 
   
Other wood for flat-tops or drop-tops  
 
(Model T Deluxe and Custom T)
Please Note!  Any sample below can be used for T-Deluxe or any guitar that needs a "thin" top.  The wood is NOT cut to shape yet.  (Some pieces are photographed with a "paper cutout" just to give an idea how it will look on any guitar.)
 
    Myrtle  Curly Koa Curly Koa Curly Koa       Curly Koa  Curly Koa Curly Koa Curly Koa
Myrtle for T Deluxe Koa top for T Deluxe Curly Koa top for T Deluxe    
   MYRt8  UG KOAt1 UG KOAt2  UG KOAt3  UG   KOAt6  UG KOAt7  UG KOAt6  UG KOAt7  UG
 
Curly Walnut WalnutCrotch  Walnut Crotch (CurlyWalnut) (CurlyWalnut)  Kauri   Kauri    Black Limba
  WALt16 WALt17 KAURIt14 KAURIt14
 WALt5    UG WALt10   UG WALt11  UG+ WALt16 UG WALt17 UG KAURIt14  UG KAURIt15  UG   BLt9   UUG
 
Spalt.Map. MapleBurl     Redwood burl    Port Orf.Cedar      Curly Mahog.       Port Orr.Cedar CurlyWalnut
Spalted Maple for flat tops Maple Burl for flat top RB18  PORC19  CM20  PORCt21 
SPt12  S MBt13   UG+ RBt18   UG PORCt19  S  CMt20  UG PORCt21  S    WALt4 UG Used
 
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