26 Windsordave 5 months ago Regarding how to tell if the Sal's top is solid spruce, in the absence of a pickup hole then a good look at the underside of the top through an f-hole could show whether the grain matches the top grain. I believe there should be some consistencies between top and underside surely if it's a solid spruce top, following the actual pattern not just seeing whether it's spruce underneath. This will NOT tell if the top is solid!!! As Toxophilite has mentioned several times in both his and my threads, he's seen tops with spruce as the top and bottom layer WITH the grain lined up in the same direction BUT with a layer of poplar or aspen as the MIDDLE layer....a laminate top!! Only seeing the top's edge will determine if it's one solid piece - which still won't determine if it was carved or pressed - or a laminate.