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Bearclaw Spruces is very difficult to photograph in a way that shows its splendor.

Sitka Spruce

This is perhaps the best known and most widely used top wood. Sitka grows in the United States and is often available in the "Bearclaw" variety. Bearclaw is a natural aberration that many people find very striking to view, yet it has no impact upon the tone of the instrument. Sitka imparts a loud, woody sound. It provides a well balanced tone and can stand hard playing without overdriving. It is the choice of many bluegrass players and well as others who play in a group setting.