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Engelmann Spruce tops

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In the last few years Engelmann Spruce has grown in popularity. Many better known makers now use Engelmann in lieu of German Spruce since good Engelmann has many of the traits desirable in a good German top and it is more economical. In appearance it is like German Spruce, but unlike German Spruce, it seems to be more uniform in consistency. The tops are often more homogeneous looking with the early and late-growth rings being less distinct than those of Sitka. Like German Spruce, Engelmann has a beautiful ivory sheen and occasionally shows some pink streaking. It is also similar to German Spruce in workability. Although softer than German Spruce, it must be cared for as one cares for Cedar, i.e., keep a clean workbench.
Most of our Engelmann Spruce comes from Canada, and we believe it has some advantages over the Engelmann from the States. It's stiffer than Sitka Spruce perpendicular to the grain.
 
See an Engelmann Spruce top by Moonstone Guitars.


SKU Product Name In Stock Each 3+  
TES3ASS Top, Engelmann Spruce, AAA grade, steel string Yes $60.15 $53.53
TES3ACL Top, Engelmann Spruce, AAA grade, classical/OM Yes $57.14 $50.86
TES2ASS Top, Engelmann Spruce, AA grade, steel string Yes $40.35 $35.91
TES2ACL Top, Engelmann Spruce, AA grade, classical/OM Yes $38.33 $34.12
TES2ANS Top, Engelmann Spruce, AA grade, classical only No $36.41 $32.40
TES1ASS Top, Engelmann Spruce, A grade, steel string Yes $31.95 $28.44
TES1ACL Top, Engelmann Spruce, A grade, classical/OM Yes $30.35 $27.01
TES2CL Top, Engelmann Spruce, 2nd grade, classical/OM No $17.29 $15.39