Guitars and tenor guitars
Mandolins and small instruments
Small instrument materials options to follow shortly
Small instrument options and extras to follow shortly
For a detailed explanation of the policies governing the materials we offer please read the A.S. Potter Materials and Environmental Policy.
Our tonewood grading explained.
Rather than offering a bewildering selection of ‘A’, ‘AA’, ‘AAA’, ‘Master’ etc. grade timbers at A.S. Potter we offer two options; ‘Standard’ and ‘Select’.
All our materials are high quality carefully sorted tonewoods that will make beautiful instruments. By choosing the ‘Standard’ options your instrument will be made to Alex’s best judgement from a thoughtfully put together selection of timbers from the stock we carry or from trusted suppliers.
If you opt for the ‘Select’ timbers then you will be offered a choice of the uncommonly beautiful timbers Alex reserves when sorting every shipment, or sometimes Alex will travel in person to sawmills or merchants to personally find the best timber for your instrument. The increased cost of ‘Select’ timber reflects both the higher value of this wood and the time that Alex takes to make sure that everything is perfect for you.
The standard A.S. Potter soundboard material is FSC certified European spruce, predominantly sourced from Germany. Alex carefully sorts the spruce for stiffness and tap tone to ensure that all the sets will produce a great sound. What he doesn’t do is sort for is slight colour variations, stripe or interesting grain. Often these sets would be discarded as ‘seconds’, which is incredibly wasteful for wood that will make extremely high quality instruments. Besides, we think that a little colour or stripe makes for a beautiful and individual instrument. Of course if you want a beautiful clear soundboard with ‘perfect’ grain and uniform colour there are plenty of these around – just choose the ‘Select’ option.