What is the difference between German and Italian spruce?
Maybe nothing! I have no idea where my suppliers really get their woods, and I suspect my German suppliers are getting theirs from the Italian Alps. The “Italian” spruce that I have, from my Italian supplier, is stiffer, a little harder to drive, a little bit brighter in the mids, takes a little longer to open up, but when it does, it opens up to some incredibly rich basses and thick round trebles. The “German” spruce that I love so much is a warmer sound with a little less edge right there in the middle. The overtones of the bass tend toward a slightly darker sound.