It doesn't take much for Black Swamp to toss out a piece of maple that doesn't meet their strict standards. They get their maple from the northern hinterlands, where the stock is clear, tight-grained, and perfect for woodblocks. They orient the grain perpendicular to the slot prior to machining the slot with their CNC, which makes the sounding board extremely strong and consistent in sound.
Prime, tight-grain, clear rock maple
Vertical grain soundboards increase strength and projection
Clear tone with generous sweet spot
Stem inserted bottom bumpers won't peel off like the other guy's