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Old 10-25-2010, 08:35 AM
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Default bosnian spruce

there was a busker in my town centre today and i couldn't believe the sound of his guitar

i got chatting to the gentleman
he had his guitar made back in his home town in poland
rosewood back and sides and a bosnian spruce top

he was more than happy to let me try it and i absolutely adored the sound the bosnian spruce was getting

anyone else experience bosnian spruce?

i know gerald sheppard uses it to great effect
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That'll be the same subspecies generally labeled as Italian or Alpine, and according to this article (http://www.lutherie.net/eurospruce.html) is likely from the old seed stock regions around the Adriatic that avoided widespread glaciation.
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True that it is Picea abies but the working and tonal response properties are quite different than the spruce grown west of it. Do a search on Carpathian Spruces... same stuff. GREAT tonewood BTW, one of my favorites.
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That'll be the same subspecies generally labeled as Italian or Alpine, and according to this article (http://www.lutherie.net/eurospruce.html) is likely from the old seed stock regions around the Adriatic that avoided widespread glaciation.
cheers for that
fascinating article

i was aware that all european spruce was picea abis yet it is pretty clear that spruce from various areas do have distincft sound differences despite being the same species
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The climate and the soil will, of course, have an impact on any number of structural (and therefore tonal) properties.
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My current favorite spruce. Love the stuff!!! The guy I get it from tells interesting stories about the potential for getting shot at while harvesting it...

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My current favorite spruce. Love the stuff!!! The guy I get it from tells interesting stories about the potential for getting shot at while harvesting it...

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Was it during the cover of night.... like, say, during a full moon?
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I don't have any experience with Bosnian spruce, but I've been to Bosnia & Herzegovna twice. If the U.S. is a melting pot, then B&H is like a shattered plate. Sadly, it's not clear if the superglue is going to hold. Its landscape is unbelievably beautiful, and culturally it's fascinating. It's an extremely interesting place to visit.

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I have it on my Ryan Cathedral. one of my favorites here!
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I am from Bosnia.
I am sure that one of my future guitars will have my homeland top.
You probably think that people from Bosnia are GAS resistant.
Unfortunately, it's not true.
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It's the spruce. Gotta be the spruce.
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It's this stuff...

http://www.plantforlife.info/pages/h...&c=3043&s=1301

Great for guitar tops if you can find sets large enough.
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