European spruce is often thought of as the ultimate wood for classical guitars because of its light weight and stiffness, coupled with its very pale, even coloration. From Europe; northwest Norway and Poland eastward, and also in the mountains of Central Europe, to the western edge of the Alps, and southeast in the Carpathians and Balkans, to the extreme north of Greece. Provides a sound rich in overtones, focused, full of nuance and tone color — a sound often preferred by fingerpickers. It offers a quicker response and greater headroom than Engelmann. Usually takes a slightly longer period of playing time to open up than Engelmann or Sitka. Very light in color. Pale, even coloration.