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mark forsell
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I'm putting material together for my next build. Not sure what size I'm going with. So far I have Cherry back and sides, Mahogany neck Rosewood finger board and bridge. I purchased a Bearclaw Canadian spruce top. Is bearclaw spruce OK?

Doug Shaker
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I assume that by "Canadian spruce" you mean the same wood that I call Sitka spruce. And yeah, Sitka spruce is a very nice soundboard wood. And bearclaw figure is very pretty. Go for it!
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Alan Carruth
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Bearclaw tops are often a bit denser than straight grained wood, and tend to have somewhat lower long grain stiffness. You might want to leave it just a bit thicker than usual. I've always liked the sound of bearclaw tops: probably listening with my eyes.

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Patrick DeGreve
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I have built several guitars with bearclaw spruce, from our sponsor Alaska Specialty Woods, bearclaw is very nice. You should be happy with it.

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