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A top plate (or tone plate) is a portion of wood, usually an exotic one) which thickness might range from 7 to 15mm which is glued on top of a guitar or bass body made in a neutral tone wood like alder or mahogany to fine it to a specific tone and frequency response.

A birdseye maple top plate.

For a more detailed description of the use of top plates please read this article.

Galeazzo Frudua

Galeazzo Frudua

As a luthier and lutherie teacher, since 1988 he has been making about 350 boutique guitars and basses priced from 2,900 to 5,600 Euros and repaired and customized thousands of string instruments. His instruments and amplifiers are used by flagship artists, such as Chick Corea, Peter Gabriel, Ennio Morricone, Vasco Rossi. He owns two YouTube channels—where he teaches music—that count up to 25+ million views and almost 140.000 subscribers.

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