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Top Not Flat or Distorted
Last Updated: 02/21/2022
Do not be alarmed. Tops distort because of the
constant string tension creating torque on the bridge usually creating a
slight depression between the bridge and sound hole. There is a fine
line between over building the top with thick wood and heavy bracing -
this results in a very durable and stable instrument but will compromise
sound quality with a restricted top. The solid koa wood is most
unpredictable since the grain is so variable, with the more pronounced
and irregular grain tops showing the most distortion. Over time the
instrument should stabilize and in most all cases, the action and
intonation are unaffected.

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