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Forum topic by bluepaulsky posted 11-26-2011 01:56 PM 935 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-26-2011 01:56 PM

hi all have anybody used Alpine Spruce before would this be OK for a classical guitar i know the others but don’t know this one being new to building cheers for now

-- pgray

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#1 posted 11-26-2011 04:07 PM

I’m not a builder (yet), but a little research indicates alpine spruce makes an excellent tonewood.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 11-26-2011 07:35 PM

Yep! Bookmatched spruce will be just fine.


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#3 posted 11-26-2011 09:18 PM

cheers for fast reply

-- pgray

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#4 posted 11-27-2011 11:27 AM

That was the wood of choice for years until it became more scarce and expensive. Sitka spruce is more prevalent now because it’s just as good and less expensive—but moving up. If you want a more mellow tone, quarter-sawn white cedar is good. If you have Alpine spruce now, congratulations and don’t worry. It’s great. What wood will you use for braces? It would be good to get a chunk from the piece from which the top came to match density. Not critical, but nice. Good luck.


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#5 posted 11-27-2011 01:54 PM

hi fussy thanks for your help i have written to the supplier and asked him if he had the bracing from the same piece fingers crossed then

-- pgray

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