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Why More and More Musical Instrument Manufacturers Choose Die Boards

For centuries wood has been used for musical instruments offering amazing acoustical properties. Recently, the industry has looked to wood to manufacture speakers, and for good reason.

The cellular structure of the high quality wood provides beautiful resonance to the sound produced by the instrument. However, if there are voids in the board that resonance cannot move through the wood properly so the sound will fall flat lacking the rich acoustical experience. Even worse, larger voids typically can lead to lose material which can cause buzzing.

Some key producers of organs, guitars and speakers searched for the proper boards with the best consistency and as few voids as possible and found that quality Maple and Birch boards made for steel rule dies fits the bill perfectly. When making plywood it is almost impossible to to manufacture without any voids. That is because of the inconsistency with different tree branches, weather anomalies, and different minerals in the soil. With all those variables and more, variances in the veneers will be be prevalent. And when these veneers are pressed together some of the internal plies can crack which can lead to a void.

We at Essential Products recognize the need for high quality boards. That is why our mills have the ability to separate the best conditioned veneers to manufacture superior Birch and Maple boards suited for your musical instruments.

Next time you strum your guitar or sit down at your piano or crank your speakers, realize you may be playing an instrument made with die boards.


Interested in learning more about our products? Check out our Flat and Rotary Board product line.

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