ABOUT ADIRONDACK - quoted from
the article on "Tonewoods" by Dana Bourgeois
Adirondack Red Spruce was
plentiful in our country before the war and was used on many of the
great pre-war guitars. Eastern red spruce, also known as
Adirondack or Appalachian spruce, was the primary topwood used by
American manufacturers before World War II. Its use was all but
discontinued due to over-harvesting of the resource but has recently
been reintroduced thanks to 50 years of regeneration and to the
legendary status that this traditional tonewood has attained. The
small size of most logs and a shortage of wood conforming to market
preference for even color and regularity of grain conspire to keep
the price of red spruce extremely high.
Red spruce is relatively
heavy, has a high velocity of sound, and has the highest stiffness
across and along the grain of all the topwoods. Like Sitka, it has
strong fundamentals, but it also exhibits a more complex overtone
content. Tops made out of red spruce have the highest volume ceiling
of any species, yet they also have a rich fullness of tone that
retains clarity at all dynamic levels. If players and builders were able to overcome phobias about
unevenness of color, grain irregularity, minor knots, and four-piece
tops, many more great-sounding guitars could be produced while the
supply of potentially usable red spruce is still available.
Old-growth woods are disappearing so fast that such an attitude
change will need to be scheduled sometime in the near future, unless
the majority of new guitars are to be made of synthetic materials.
At Pantheon Guitars, we spend a lot of time searching for the best tonewoods we can bring you. When a batch of wood comes in to our shop, Dana Bourgeois sorts through each and every piece to see if it meets our standards. We have to confess that Dana picks first and foremost for TONE.
It is really hard to send back a piece of wood that we KNOW will add a significant contribution to the sound of a great guitar.