Posted on January 12, 2010April 13, 2023 by Dale Phillips Questions: Balsa Wood Violins Questions: Balsa Wood Violins Originally published in American Lutherie #89, 2007 ■ Christine B. from the Internet asks: I’ve heard rumors about excellent-sounding violins made of balsa wood. If there are such things, doesn’t this raise questions about why spruce is used for violin tops and harder wood for the sides and back? Become A Member to Continue Reading This Article This article is part of our premium web content offered to Guild members. To view this and other web articles, join the Guild of American Luthiers. Members also receive 4 annual issues of American Lutherie and get discounts on products. For details, visit the membership page. If you are already a member, login for access or contact us to setup your account.