Western Red Cedar
Book-matched, 2-piece Western redcedar top for steel string guitar. Dimensions are at least 8.25" wide and 21" long. This cedar Thuja plicata is the cedar from which shingles and roof shakes are made. It splits nicely, is resistant to the elements, is very stable, and keeps your house 10 degrees cooler than other roofing materials do. The same goes for a guitar. If you want a cool guitar, use cedar. Cedar is used infrequently for steel string guitars because it is rather brittle and soft. It is usually stiffer than spruce in a cross-grain section, and of course, considerably lighter. These days most of the cedar comes from Canada, with a little coming from Washington and Oregon. Soundwise it's known to "open up" sooner than the spruces do; it's often louder than spruce, darker, focused in the bass, usually bright in the trebles, with a quick onset or response. It can range in color from pinkish through chocolate brown. In most cases, the biggest downgrading factor in cedar is color variation. We occasionally have mountain or interior cedar which is stronger and often lighter than the coastal cedar, but it's also usually more colorful. Above guitar by CFox Guitars.
4A Grade: Cut from shake blocks both for convenience and to minimize runout, our best grade cedar is clear, quartered, stiff, with even grain spacing, and minimal color variation. Not as popular with steel string makers as it is with classic builders, cedar does have its steel string adherents, including superb builders, and swell fellows, Jim Olson and Kevin Ryan. Above guitar by Charles Fox.
3A Grade: Cut from shake blocks both for convenience and to minimize runout, our AAA grade cedar is generally clear, quartered, stiff, and with fairly even grain spacing. Color variation is one of the biggest problems in cedar, so in most cases a downgrade from one grade to a lower one is because of color. Since this is just cosmetic, if you don't care so much about a a color line, you will most likely get everything you need with this grade. Above guitar by Eric Monrad.
2A Grade: Cut from shake blocks both for convenience and to minimize runout, our AA grade cedar is fairly clear, farily quartered, fairly stiff, and with fairly even grain spacing. Color variation is one of the biggest problems in cedar, so in most cases a downgrade from one grade to a lower one is because of color. However, many, like Fred Carlson, like color variation in a top, and only accept homogeneity in milk. Above is a nautilguitar by the great Fred Carlson of Beyond The Trees.
|PART No.||Description||Price Each||6+|
|WSCJ4A||Steel string, best||$75.00||$70.00|
|WSCJ3A||Steel string, fine||$50.00||$46.00|
|WSCC3A||Classic string, fine||$50.00||$46.00|
|WSC2A||Steel/Classic string, good||$30.00||$26.00|
|WSC2||Classic, 2nd, export grade||Inquire|