Wood Profile: Sitka Spruce


Sitka spruce is grown in the northwest, and has been the primary top wood for U.S.A. instruments for many decades. It is strong, light, and gives an extended harmonic content and nearly equals the power of Adirondack.

Latin Name: picea sitchensis

Origin: U.S.A.: Northwest

Tone Profile: Strong, focused tone with a solid fundamental — perfect for flatpicking styles. Usually takes a slightly longer period of playing time to open up. When compared with Eurpean spruce, Sitka delivers warmer, more fundamental sound, largely free of overtones.

Comparison: Not so cleanly defined as European spruce but, instead, a warmer, more fundamental, and largely free of overtones. It’s a good, solid sound and bluegrass flatpickers and folk-musicians tend to like it a lot.

Aesthetics: Straight uniform grain. Coloration ranges from white to pink to light brown.

Trivia / Fact:  Sitka is valued for many specialty uses that require lightweight strength. Nearly all of the Allied forces’ airplanes in World Wars I and II were made largely from Sitka spruce.

Sitka Spruce Images