Top Materials

The top is the heart of any fine guitar. We offer the broadest range of the very finest spruces available, taking great care to select both the most appropriate species and the best individual top to achieve the sound desired. All of our spruce is air-dried.

adirondack spruce top on model F12

Adirondack or Red Spruce

Well over 90% of our guitars are built with Adirondack Spruce tops. Red spruce has virtually all of the best qualities of the other species. It offers a strong fundamental, lush complex overtones, and a unique sparkling edge to the tone of an instrument which is quite distinctive. Many of the finest steel string guitars …

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german spruce on model G

German Spruce

Similar to Engelmann, though generally harder, German spruce is richly complex in tonal color. It has long been considered among the finest tone woods available.

Engelmann Spruce

A white spruce growing along the spine of the Rocky Mountains, Engelmann Spruce is creamy white in color and softer than Sitka. It lends overtones to a guitar, creating a voice of great warmth and tonal complexity.

Sitka Spruce

Sitka is the stiffest spruce and the strongest for its weight. It emphasizes the fundamental of a note more than its overtones, making a guitar which is clear and loud, with excellent sustain.