German Spruce - as the name suggests - is found growing in the alpine regions of Bavaria and Baden Wurtenburg, as well as Austria, Switzerland and Italy. These hardy trees brave long snowy winters in the glacial valleys of the Alps where men still use taboggons to bring down the rounds and the wood is still often hand split before being sawn into tops.
A wet growing season and limestone soil yield one of the cleanest looking top materials available. German Spruce is considered the "ringiest" of the spruces, with great harmonic richness and sparkling overtones - but it can also be a strong and powerful tonewood, depending upon the tree. A fantastic top wood for fingerstyle players and those looking for a lot of harmonic richness, German Spruce is among the most sought after soundboard materials in the world and often in short supply.