German Spruce - Alpine Spruce, European Spruce, Common Spruce, (lat. Picea Abies, Picea Excelsa) is probably the wood mostly rich in tradition
concerning lutherie. The logs I use are obtained from selected areas in the Austrian Alps, Italian Dolomites, Bavarian Alps and the Bavarian Forest
where they have grown in north-eastern slopes (1200m - 1600m above sea level). There, in the southern area of its range,
the German Spruce is a mountain (alpine) tree, a fact revealing itself positively in its structure
and quality (e.g. no spiral growth, density).
The optical quality factors of this spruce species is characterized by a whitely creamy, bright gold-tone in color and has - resulting
from geographic-climatic realities - a very homogeneous and annual ring growth (tight grain), and very low ratio of latewood.
This, in fact, is positively affecting the wood's tonal qualities or sound-forming factors. German Spruce is a tonewood featuring exceptional stiffness together
with low density and, furthermore, this is the foundation of a great guitar sound. The sound properties are well balanced between pure notes and power to harmonic and dynamic.
With the famous luthier Antonio De Torres, a man having done his handicraft on the highest artistic
level possible, only using German Spruce for his guitar tops, the question which spruce to choose for one's guitar
should be made decisively easier. In comparison to other soundboard tonewoods, German Spruce tends to have the best
balanced amplifying/damping abilities for the optimal range in sound of an acoustic guitar. This wood species -
standing under the synonym "GERMAN SPRUCE" - is used for building high-end and master-guitars for Spanish and classical
music as well as for high-quality fingerstyle and western guitars. A Sound with quality and tradition!
"You will find something more in woods than in books. Trees
and stones will teach you that which you can never learn from masters."