The Abies Project
The best way to acquire the finest Alpine Spruce soundboards for your guitars, without leaving home.
Save time, save money!
The Abies Project is based on the collaboration between Richard Jaouen, Michael Bashkin and Chris Jenkins. The three for several years compared the results obtained in the construction of their guitars, crossing the physical properties of the woods, spectrograms, Chladni patterns and measurements of monopole mobility upon completion of the instruments, and optimizing an algorithm for the selection of the best soundboards.
In 2020 as Wood ‘n’ Tones we were pleased to join the project, and thanks to the collaboration with Rivolta Tonewood, we were able to finalize the process and let it turn into a real premium and innovative brand in the lutherie field.
We are not a sawmill.
We provide liuthers all around the world with a unique and complete third-party selection service.
Every single soundboard is identified with a serial number and it’s supported by:
- an high definition photo
- a simple and innovative aesthetic rating
- physical and acoustic properties such as dimensions, density, stiffness and sound radiation coefficient
“In the Showroom section, we provide a tutorial that will guide you in using the data,
so that you can choose the best soundboards for your guitars”
The selection process starts with a visual inspection of the soundboard to evaluate the quarter sawn, the absence of runout or any other wood defect. The soundboards then move on to the second selection phase in which they are measured to obtain dimensional, mechanical, and acoustic properties.
- Size: in addition to a size label based on the width of the soundboard (small, medium or large) we collect width, length and thickness for each soundboard and make those available to allow the luthier to check how his instrument model will fit the wood plate.
- Density: it is one of the main parameters used by luthiers for selecting and comparing soundboards.
- Stiffness: it is a parameter that has a relevant role in the thicknessing process of the guitar top. The stiffness value of a soundboard can be related to different guitar size or style.
- Sound Radiation Coefficient (SRC): gives the idea of how much the vibration of the soundboard is converted into sound radiation