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Solid Tops Explained

Why should I buy a solid top anyway?

We answer this question frequently, and would like to give you a brief explanation on why we favor a solid top over laminates.

It’s About the Tone.

A solid top offers a more dynamic range of richness and clarity in your instrument’s tone – which will mature with age.


In a laminate top, there can be 2 to 3 pieces of wood from different cuts glued together – causing inconstancy in vibrations. Essentially, a solid top is to steak as a laminate top is to ground beef.

How to spot a good solid top:

Pay attention to the grain pattern. You’ll be looking straight grained, evenly spaced patterns. It’s about finding a piece of wood that will handle vibrations consistently. 

The exception:

If you plan on playing outside very frequently or live in an extremely humid environment, a laminate top offers a slight advantage – its less likely to warm in extreme conditions.

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