Nature and Time are Powerful Forces

At BassRock Guitars each of our sinker spruce tops performs magically, given special environment of the bottom of an Adirondack lake for 150 years - think pressure, temperature, minerals, leaching, and who-knows-what-else?!


HARVESTING ADIRONDACK "SINKER" SPRUCE: Adirondack Spruce is considered to be the best top for an acoustic guitar.

Some of the best Adirondack Spruce logs are on the bottom of our Adirondack lakes, leftover from the logging days of the 1800's when logs were cut and sent down-river to the Glens Falls mills. Teams of men would cut logs in winter, hammer the owner's logmark on the ends, then roll the logs onto the ice in winter, anticipating spring high-water would take them down-river.

However, some of those logs (the denser, tight ringed ones) would take on water and sink. I harvest these logs to make premium tops for my guitars. They are often deep in the silt on the lake-botton, barely cresting the surface. Breaking that suction in the silt is one of my biggest challenges. The logmarks (those that remain after all these years) can be traced to the Queensbury Book of Log Marks where they were recorded back in the 1800's.

One of these "owners" of my logs registered their stamp in 1853....another 1876....another 1835. Some of these logs still even have their bark on them! The "standard" log length was 13'4" and this helps me identify genuine historic logging logs. I look for logs at least 14" in diameter.

Many have annual growth rings so close together I need a magnifying glass to count the rings, as they can often be 150 to 260+ years old. Some of them started growing in the late 1500's! On guitars, these sinker-spruce tops tend to be dark with beautiful purple, blue, brown, and sometimes rainbow stripes, making some exceptionally beautiful guitars. EB