View Full Version : sound board grain.

02-26-2015, 05:25 AM
Does it make much of a difference in sound whether you bookmatch so the grain is parallel, or if you match it in a V?

When I've bought ukes, I've gone for parallel straight grain tops, because someone at some point told me it's better for sound. But I've been rethinking that advice, and wondering if it is actually wrong.

I find V grained joins to be very attractive. And while considering bracing, it occurred to me, that if fan bracing is a good idea, wouldn't V grain be better than parallel since you'd align the grain with the stress?

Or does it just not really matter?

Michael Smith
02-26-2015, 06:36 AM
I believe the difference in sound will be minimal but the glue joint it self will be weaker. The more toward end grain you get the weaker it will be.

02-26-2015, 05:27 PM
As long as the V isn't more than a few degrees of then I don't have a problem with it. I seriously doubt anyone would ever hear the difference. And for backs is's more common than not in most of the instruments I've seen.