|Bear Claw Woodgrain noun \ˈber ˈklȯ ˈwu̇d ˈgrān\
00:37Bear Claw Woodgrain is a natural grain irregularity, or "figure," in spruce top wood that's thought to resemble bear claws.
While some luthiers will spend a great deal of time and energy looking for the ideal piece of spruce for an instrument top, for them even a small spot of wiggly grain is a cause for disappointment.
Now if the spruce has a whole lot these little wiggly Bear Claws, luthiers will line up to buy it, often claiming better tone is predictable. It basically comes down to a matter of opinion and personal preference as to the tonal possibilities of Bear Claw figured spruce.
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