Kauri Pine Soundboard
Beautiful quarter sawn, nice clean Kauri with lovely grain markings.
Dry and ready to use.
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Kauri Pine (Agathis spp.) is known for making good acoustic guitar soundboards for several reasons:
- Resonance: Kauri Pine is prized for its excellent resonance properties. Its wood has a good balance of stiffness and flexibility, which allows it to vibrate effectively when the strings of the guitar are plucked. This vibration is crucial for producing a rich, warm, and well-sustained tone.
- Density: Kauri typically has a relatively low density compared to many other wood species used for soundboards, such as Sitka spruce. Lower density wood can produce a more responsive soundboard that is easier to set into motion when the strings are played, contributing to the guitar’s overall tone.
- Sustain: The combination of the timbers’ density and elasticity results in excellent sustain. Sustain is the ability of a guitar to continue producing sound after the initial attack, and Kauri Pine helps prolong the note, giving a more pleasing and expressive sound.
- Warm Tone: The wood tends to produce a warm and mellow tone, which is highly desirable for acoustic guitars. This tonal quality is particularly favoured in fingerstyle and folk music genres.
- Aging: Like many tonewoods, Kauri Pine tends to improve with age. As the wood matures, it can become even more resonant and develop a more complex and refined tone over time.
- Appearance: Kauri has a beautiful, tight grain pattern and a light colour that many luthiers and players find visually appealing, adding to the overall aesthetics of the guitar.