Is there Instrument grade pine out there?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by CoffeeBass, Jul 28, 2009.

  1. Hey there TB,

    I am going to build this later this year:
    and wanted to use a cheaper material than spruce for the sound board. Sacrilege, I know. I just want to have a practice go with the possibility of it turning out decent. In this guys plans he says that good pine can be substituted as a cheaper material.

    So my question is, where can I find some instrument grade pine lumber? Is there such a thing?

    Any thoughts would be welcome.

  2. Beej


    Feb 10, 2007
    Vancouver Island
    If you want clear, knot free pine, it should be everywhere on San Juan, if not, most lumber places will carry nice big slabs. I can't imagine some nice Sitka Spruce wouldn't be there either, and it won't be much more than pine.

    Another plentiful tonewood for acoustic tops is yellow cedar...
  3. Thanks Beej.

    I am going to talk to some local mills soon.

  4. Pine for a bass? I guess it would depend on the 'correct' type of pine to get the results you'd be happy with. Of course the well-cured pine-type would have less tendency to ooze pitch from the grain. Anyway, I wish you well in your search for that "perfect" piece of wood.
  5. Hi.

    If it was for a solid body or a neck, I'd say there's a chance, but I wouldn't necessarily try to make an acoustic top out of pine.

  6. jworrellbass

    jworrellbass Commercial User

    May 17, 2009
    Colorado Springs CO
    Owner, builder: jworrellbass
    I once saw an arch-top guitar with pine, the guy swore it sounded better than his spruce top. I don't know where he got the pine from.
  7. AltGrendel

    AltGrendel Squire Jag SS fan. Supporting Member

    May 21, 2009
    Mid-Atlantic USA.
    You can make pretty decent instruments out of knotty pine.