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Rift Sawn

When a piece of lumber (primarily maple) is cut so that its grain pattern is running at somewhat of an angle (that is, not horizontal or vertical) it is said to be “rift sawn.” Its appearance is an interesting mix of both quarter sawn and flat sawn, which makes for a very distinctive grain pattern. Many of the famous 1958-1960 Les Pauls have a pattern like this thanks to being rift sawn.

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