Approximated tops dimensions for classic guitar: (550x200x4 mm) x2

The top is, with any doubt, the most important element of the Classic Guitar. Most of the sound of this instrument depends on this part of the guitar. If we don’t choose the accurate tonewood and bracing system for building our instrument, the result won’t be as expected. Approximately, we have the knowledge that the top is in charge of the 80% of the sound.

The most used woods for building the classic guitar top are the softer ones, with straight and parallel grain. And as far as possible, without knots. Tops are done with two half parts joined longitudinally, so we get a perfect symmetry in the distribution of veins or grain.

When looking for stiffness, good sound response and the proprieties mentioned before, the most used tonewoods are Spruce and Cedar, both for its density and acoustic proprieties.

In Maderas Barber we have at your disposal different treated tonewood for your classic guitar top, with always the best quality of the music market.



  • Finished Tops

    We want to make your work easier and worthy, so we offer you a product line of finished tops for classic guitar of high quality and beauty, as we also offer you finished sides, backs and fingerboards.

    For this product line we have chosen the best tonewoods for tops according to their acoustic and physical proprieties: Red Cedar and European Spruce, with always a rosette or a Nomex included. Take the finished top you prefer for your classic guitar ready to be assembled in your instrument.

  • European Spruce

    If we take into account the unbeatable qualities of European Spruce, this tonewood is widely superior than the other woods used in musical instruments. Like the best trees, European Spruce needs a slow growth. And the result is a light weigh wood with a high stiffness, one of the most important attributes in a classic guitar.

    Besides, its damping qualities and internal friction are exceptional, something essential when choosing a top for our classic guitar.

    All things considered, don’t hesitate in taking European Spruce tops of Maderas Barber. We are sure they won’t let you down.

    BOTANIC NAME: Picea abies.

    COMMON NAMES: European Spruce, Red Sruce, Picea, Spruce.

    ORIGIN: Europe

    DESCRIPTION:   Density 440-470 Kg/m3.  Colour varying from yellowish white to reddish yellow.

    Sapwood not clearly demarcated from heartwood. Straight and fine  grain. Growth rings are visible and strongly marked.

    RECOMMENDATIONS:  Easy to work, as long as there are no knots present. Glues and finishes well, though it can give poor (blotchy and inconsistent) results when being stained due to its closed pore structure. A sanding sealer, gel stain, or toner is recommended when colouring Spruce. Wood is not much resistant to fungi and termites.

    DRYING: Drying speed is quick. Hardly present risk of cracks or distortion.

    USES:  String instruments sound board.

  • Engelmann Spruce

    Engelmann Spruce is very similar to Sitka Spruce, but there are some differences that luthiers with more experience can notice. Generally, Sitka variety has a creamy yellowish color, while Engelmann stands out for its better sound, which imitates the sound which could provide an old instrument.

    Nowadays, it is a bit complicated to find Engelmann Spruce tops, since the trees of this variety use to be small and crooked. But in Maderas Barber, we make all the possible to offer you the possibility of having a classic guitar made with this high-quality top. Therefore, if you are looking for a rich and complete sound, make the difference and try these Engelmann Spruce tops in your instrument.

    BOTANIC NAME: Picea engelmannii.

    COMMON NAMES: Engelmann Spruce, West American Picea.

    ORIGIN: Canada

    DESCRIPTION:   Density 350-410 Kg/m3. White colour. Colour varying from white to pale yellow. Sapwood not clearly demarcated from heartwood. However, heartwood tends to have a pink tone. Straight  grain. Wood fibres vary  from fine to medium

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Easy to work, as long as there are no knots presents. Machining,  gluing and the finishing process are easy.

    DRYING: Drying process is easy. Hardly present risk of cracks or distortion.

    USES:  Stringed instruments sound board.

  • Sitka Spruce

    Sitka Spruce is one of the best tonewood for classic guitar thanks to its good acoustic proprieties, apart from the attractive appearance and bearclaw figures we can find in some Sitka Spruce pieces.

    Once finished, a guitar made of Sitka Spruce has a special shine that other tonewoods don’t have. Besides, its surface is easily dyeing or color tinting, what becomes an advantage if someone wants to manipulate more the wood during its guitar construction process.

    Although it doesn’t have a good resistance to wear, if we trait it accurately, it can last many years.

    In short: great acoustic skills and special appearance in a Sitka Spruce top. Find them out in Maderas Barber.

    BOTANIC NAME: Picea sitchensis.

    COMMON NAMES: Sitka spruce.

    ORIGIN: North America.

    DESCRIPTION:   Density 360-490 Kg/m3.  Ranges from cream-white to yellow; heartwood can also exhibit a subtle pinkish red hue in some instances. Sapwood not clearly demarcated from heartwood. Some pieces can exhibit a special grain pattern called “bearclaw”, vaguely resembling the scratches of a bear’s claws.

    Straight grain but sometimes can show spiral grain.

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Easy to work, as long as there are no knots present. Glues and finishes well, though it can give poor  (blotchy and inconsistent) results when being stained due to its closed pore structure. A sanding sealer, gel stain, or toner is recommended when colouring Spruce.

  • Adirondack

    Adirondack is a heavy tonewood with a rapid sound and high stiffness which is due to the length and width of its veins or grain in all its pieces.

    As it happens with Sitka Spruce, it has a harmonic tones content more complex. And it’s necessary to remark that Adirondack tops have a very high volume, more than any other species. What’s more, this specie also has a rich fullness of tone, preserving the clarity at all dynamic levels.

    Take advantage of all the qualities of Adirondack tops for classic guitar that you can find in Maderas Barber and make with them your own and rewarding instrument.

    BOTANIC NAME: Picea rubens.

    COMMON NAMES:  Adirondak spruce, Red Spruce

    ORIGIN: Northwest of America and Eastern Canada

    DESCRIPTION:   Density 400-500 kg/m3. Red Spruce is typically a creamy white, with a hint of yellow and/or red. Sapwood is not clearly demarcated from heartwood. Straight grain. Wood fibres vary from fine to medium

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Easy to work, as long as there are no knots present. Glues and finishes well, though it can give poor (blotchy and inconsistent) results when being stained due to its closed pore structure. A sanding sealer, gel stain, or toner is recommended when colouring Spruce.

    DRYING: There is no difficulty in the drying process. No major risk of deformations.

    USES:  Musical instruments soundboards. Construction lumber, crates, millwork.

  • Red Cedar

    Red Cedar is less dense than Spruce, what is reflected in a warmer and smoother sensation for our ears. While Sitka Spruce has a dynamic range more complete, this tonewood converts the "quieter" tones in more powerful ones.

    Red Cedar has a rapid sound which exceed many other wood varieties, apart from a greater tone content. Besides, we can’t forget that Red Cedar tops needs less time to produce a good sound, even less than the ones made with Spruce.

    Some luthiers describe the sound of Red Cedar as more intimate, and remark the work facilities that this tonewood provides. Discover it choosing these Red Cedar tops for your classic guitar in Maderas Barber.

  • Sequoia

    The Redwood Sequoia is a species known for being able to reach heights of more than 100 meters, 8 meters in diameter and live almost 2000 years. This wood grows in a very limited area on the Pacific coast of the northwestern United States, where heavy rains and fresh, moist air create a unique environment for these trees. The sawn wood of sequoia is very soft and light with a good strength-to-weight ratio, in addition this wood is characterized by the great straightness of its fibers, besides with its good sound properties and a sweet tone make it a perfect wood for the use on the covers of classical and acoustic guitars.

    Botanic name:  Sequoia Sempervirens

    Density: 350-450 kg/m3

    Commercial name: Red wood, Secoya

    Origin: East Coast North America

    Description: The color of the heartwood can vary from a light pinkish brown to a deep reddish brown. The sapwood is pale white / yellow. Sometimes can be seen a curly figure or burl (occasionally referred to as Redwood Lace or Vavona). Classified in general as moderately durable, and very durable to the rotting. The wood of old-growth trees tends to be more durable than that of younger second-growth trees.

    Sustainability: This wood species is not included in the CITES Appendices, but it is on the IUCN Red List. It’ s included as endangered due to a population reduction of approximately 40% in the past three generations, caused by a decrease in its natural range, and exploitation. Because of this, Maderas Barber only works with wood that comes from fallen trees, already dead.

    Recommendations: It is usually easy to work with hand tools or machinery, sometimes tearout can occur on figured pieces with curly, wavy or irregular grain. It is a wood that glues and finishes well.

    Drying: Drying is easy. In very large pieces it presents risks of an uneven distribution of moisture content, collapse (if it dries very quickly) internal cracks and the appearance of ferruginous or other spots.

    Uses: Veneer, construction lumber, beams, posts, decking, exterior furniture, and trim. Burls and other forms of figured Redwood are also used in turning, musical instruments and other small specialty items.