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Red spruce or adirondack (picea rubens) is native to much of the USA and closely related to norway spruce. It seems most guitar makers regard it as equal to European spruce while violin makers tend to not like it. My personal experience is that a red spruce top tend to produce a brighter tone than one made from norway spruce. Not better or worse, just different.
Sitka spruce (picea sitchensis) is a distant relative to red spruce, native to Canada and Alaska, that has been commonly used for tonewood the last few decades. The tonal characteristics are very different from the spruce variants traditionally used as tonewood.
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