NAWP Products
Species and "Species Groups"


Music Wood must meet the highest standards.

North American Wood Products understands Music Wood markets and builds programs which match value-added resources to the specifications of musical instrument manufacturers worldwide.

Music grades are much more exacting than typical lumber grades, but they also have a greater boardfoot value. With closely managed custom cutting and grading programs, diverse wood products may be successfully value-added and brought to the demanding music wood market. A myriad of niche markets may be tapped if stringent quality guidelines are met.

At NAWP, our Music Wood Program Manager is an expert in the specifications required by manufacturers of music instruments and in the grading of music instrument wood. We track the unique requirements of each customer, rooted in standards derived from centuries of instrument building and experimentation with the natural variables of wood such as species, ring spacing, grain pattern and color. Weight and stiffness, or even growing region, are also nuances of concern to some customers. If you are a supplier, we can help you wade through the complexities and add value to your product. Our solid experience and creativity in this area takes our service to the cutting edge.

Music Wood Products

Solids and Veneers

Specialty Music Woods
  • Alder
  • Swamp Ash
  • Basswood (Lime wood)
  • Koa
  • Macassar Ebony
  • Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla)
  • Maple
    • Quilted and Curly
    • Guitar solid bodies
    • Guitar tops, backs and sides
    • Guitar neck material
  • Red Cedar
    • Top wood
  • Engelmann Spruce and Sitka Spruce
    • Topwood for guitar, violin, viola, mandolin,
      lute, cello, bass, dulcimer
    • Piano Soundboard lumber and kits
    • Piano Soundboards (glued up and sanded)
    • Key sets, Ribs
    • Harpsichord soundboards
    • Harp sticks
  • Yew
FSC logo FSC® Certified Woods 
  • Swamp Ash
  • Basswood (Lime wood)
  • Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla)
  • Maple
  • Yellow Poplar

See complete listings of available
Species and "Species Groups"

Go To:
A Short History of Stringed Musical Instrument Wood

  Musical instruments shown on this page, from top to bottom:
  Vega concert pedal harp, courtesey Aoyama Harp Co.
  Acoustic guitar courtesey Robert Ruck.
  Wurlitzer console piano, courtesey Gibson Piano Ventures.
  Violins and lutes courtesey Laurence K. Brown.
  Electric guitar courtesey Gibson Guitar.

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