If we take into account the unbeatable qualities of European Spruce, this tonewood is widely superior than the other woods used in musical instruments. Like the best trees, European Spruce needs a slow growth. And the result is a light weigh wood with a high stiffness, one of the most important attributes in a classic guitar.
Besides, its damping qualities and internal friction are exceptional, something essential when choosing a top for our classic guitar.
All things considered, don’t hesitate in taking European Spruce tops of Maderas Barber. We are sure they won’t let you down.
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.