Sitka spruce is our most requested product. But good logs are becoming increasingly hard to find.
North American guitar manufacturers have traditionally chosen Sitka Spruce for their western, steel-stringed guitars. It is a very stiff wood, durable and strong. Flamenco guitarists also prefer this top wood, because it can produce less "sustain" (a sharper note) than cedar or other spruce tonewoods. Sitka spruce soundboards, coupled with particular design and choice of guitar back and sides can also produce a very "loud" sound, treasured by blue-grass players and concert guitarists alike.
Sitka Spruce is frequently somewhat colourful, ranging from a creamy white through to pale pink, with "flaws" such as the "bearclaw" figure that some luthiers prize, and unfortunately, tiny flecks of brown or even tiny sap pockets that are possibly caused by weather damage while growing.
Renowned, traditional manufacturers of steel stringed guitars (and their educated consumers) do not mind these aesthetic variations, and seek instead the outstanding tonal qualities of correctly manufactured Sitka soundboards matched with well designed and expertly constructed guitars.
- Acoustic Woods Ltd