Sitka Spruce is the most well-rounded tone wood and is used on more guitar tops than any other wood. This is due to the tonal qualities and sonic projection of spruce. It has a nice even tone and does not accentuate any frequency above another in an overpowering way. Spruce also has a strong attack and does not get muddy at high volumes. This makes it a very versatile wood and makes those players with soft touches sound great and people playing with other instruments cut through the mix.
Our goal with the Teton Jumbo was to make a more modern version of a jumbo but keep the big boomy sound that is a beloved characteristic of that body shape. We realized that most people don’t like playing on a traditional jumbo. They are too big to be comfortable. Therefore, we started with this in mind. We made every dimension of the body smaller and made the waist even more pronounced, thus allowing the guitar to sit more naturally in a lap. However, when you shave body from a guitar you loose boominess so we had to adjust some of our bracing patterns to make up for this. We also made changes to the thickness of the top wood. These two changes provided strength for a larger surface area and increased tone and volume. The Teton jumbos really are in a class of their own.