Thuja plicata
Western Red Cedar PhotoI am literally surrounded by red cedar trees in the Pacific Northwest. While spruce-topped guitars often require a longer break-in period, a cedar soundboard guitar provides more instant gratification, offering a more open sound right from the start. A very lightweight wood. Cedar trees tend to grow without “twist” — a huge benefit to the tree cutter, yielding tops that have very little short-grain or run-out.

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