Spruce holds a special place among tonewoods for instruments. Nearly every high end acoustic guitar has a spruce top and with good reason. Spruce provides a clear and meaty tone when played forcefully making it an ideal wood for snare drums. The Tama Fat Spruce snare features an all Spruce 8 ply shell with a beautiful wood grain finish, and boasts a warm and resonant tone. By using an 8-lug configuration as opposed to 10, the snare breathes better while retaining a solid rimshot.