European spruce is the wood mostly rich in tradition concerning lutherie. The most used wood for string instruments tops. Spruce is particularly suited for this use because of its high quality sound, high stiffness together with low weight. European spruce has a bright creamy gold tone colour.
Without any doubt, it is the perfect wood to obtain a light and strong top with a sound that improves over the time. Find out the nice Archtop guitar spruce tops we have in Maderas Barber.
BOTANIC NAME: Picea abies.
COMMON NAMES: European Spruce, Red Sruce, Picea, Spruce.
DESCRIPTION: Density 440-470 Kg/m3. Colour varying from yellowish white to reddish yellow.
Sapwood not clearly demarcated from heartwood. Straight and fine grain. Growth rings are visible and strongly marked.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Easy to work, as long as there are no knots present. Glues and finishes well, though it can give poor (blotchy and inconsistent) results when being stained due to its closed pore structure. A sanding sealer, gel stain, or toner is recommended when colouring Spruce. Wood is not much resistant to fungi and termites.
DRYING: Drying speed is quick. Hardly present risk of cracks or distortion.
USES: String instruments sound board.