Wood Profile: European Spruce


European spruce is usually from the Dolomites in Italy, and is often thought of as the ultimate wood for classical guitars because of its light weight and stiffness, coupled with its very pale, even coloration.

Latin Name: picea abies

Origin: Europe: from northwest Norway and Poland eastward, and also in the mountains of Central Europe, to the western edge of the Alps, and southeast in the Carpathians and Balkans, to the extreme north of Greece.

Tone Profile: Provides a sound rich in overtones, focused, full of nuance and tone color — a sound often preferred by fingerpickers. It offers a quicker response and greater headroom than Engelmann. Usually takes a slightly longer period of playing time to open up than Engelmann or Sitka.

Aesthetics: Very light in color. Pale, even coloration.

Trivia / Fact: 35% of the tree cover in Germany is comprised of European spruce, and most of that is in managed forests.

European Spruce Images