Here we present the woods at your disposal

Birch Wood

Birch Wood (Betula pendula)

ORIGIN: Europe
DESCRIPTION: It has a density of 640-670 Kg/m3.
RECOMMENDATIONS: This wood that has a medium hardness and has a bending resistance when it has a natural drying.
USE: It is ideal for lathe and carving.

Phenolic Birch

Phenolic Birch (Betula pendula)

ORIGIN: Europe
DESCRIPTION: Density 670 Kg/m3
RECOMMENDATIONS: Machining in unproblematic but it has a tendency to produce lint and can jam tools
USE: Phenolic Plywood Boards

Spalted Birch Wood

Spalted Birch Wood (Betula pendula)

ORIGIN: Europe
DESCRIPTION: It has a density of 640-670 Kg/m3
RECOMMENDATIONS: It presents resistance to bending under natural drying conditions with a medium hardness.
USE: It is ideal for lathe and carving as well to make knife handles.

European Spruce

European Spruce (picea abies)

ORIGIN: Germany, Rumania
DESCRIPTION: White colour. Density 450 Kg / m3
RECOMMENDATIONS: Good quality tops are becoming scarce.
USE: Stringed instrument sound board, like guitar, violin and cello.

Engelmann Spruce

Engelmann Spruce (picea engelmannii)

ORIGIN: Canada
DESCRIPTION: White colour. Density 350 – 410 Kg / m3
RECOMMENDATIONS: Can stain easily, don’t store in humid place.
USE: Stringed instrument sound board.

Sitka Spruce

Sitka Spruce (picea sitchensis)

ORIGIN: Canada
DESCRIPTION: Off white. Density 400 – 450 Kg/m3
RECOMMENDATIONS: Good size logs.
USE: Stringed instrument sound board, especially acoustic guitar.

acacia

Acacia (Acacia melanoxylon)

ORIGIN: Africa, Asia or South America
DESCRIPTION: It has a density of 640 kg/m3. Its color ranges from yellow to brown
RECOMMENDATIONS: Although its straight fiber favors its workability, its hardness complicates it.
USE: It is used for woodturning, to build exterior and interior furniture, to make floors, etc.

adirondack

Adirondack (Picea rubens)

ORIGIN: Northwest of America and Eastern Canada
DESCRIPTION: Density 400-500 kg/m3
RECOMMENDATIONS: Easy to work, as long as there are no knots present
USE: Musical instruments soundboards. Construction lumber, crates, millwork

Alder

Alder (Alnus glutinosa)

ORIGIN: Europe
DESCRIPTION: Density 500-550 kg/m3
RECOMMENDATIONS: Machinery is done without much difficulty, but tools should be very sharp
USE: Electric guitar bodies and bass guitar bodies

Maple

Maple (acer pseudoplatanus)

ORIGIN: Germany, Rumania
DESCRIPTION: White colour. Density 610 – 680 Kg/m3
RECOMMENDATIONS: Specially valued for its curl and other patterns like bird’s eye, quilt and spalt.
USE: Back, neck and sides for Violin, Viola, Cello and Double bass. Guitar backs & sides Electric guitar & bass body, top and neck

Birdseye Maple

Birdseye Maple (Acer saccharum Marsh)

ORIGIN: North America
DESCRIPTION: Density 630-700 kg/m3
RECOMMENDATIONS: Sawing and machinery are difficult. It is hard to plane
USE: Electric guitar bodies and bass guitar bodies. Guitar backs and sides

Quilted Maple

Quilted Maple (Acer saccharum Marsh)

ORIGIN: North America
DESCRIPTION: Density 630-700 kg/m3
RECOMMENDATIONS: Machinery ,sawing and sanding can be difficult
USE: Electric bass and electric guitar body tops

American Curly Maple

American Curly Maple (Acer saccharum Marsh)

ORIGIN: North America
DESCRIPTION:Density 630-700 kg/m3
RECOMMENDATIONS: Cutting and sanding can be difficult. Suitable for steam bending
USE: Electric Bass guitar tops and Electric Guitar tops

Spalted Maple

Spalted Maple (Acer saccharum Marsh)

ORIGIN: North America
DESCRIPTION: Density 630-700 kg/m3
RECOMMENDATIONS: Cutting, machinery and sanding can be difficult. Suitable for steam bending
USE: Electric Bass guitar body tops and Electric Guitar body tops.

bloodwood

Bloodwood (Pterocarpus Erinaceus)

ORIGIN: Brazil
DESCRIPTION: A bright, vivid red. Colour can darken to a darker brownish red over time with exposure to light and air. Density 1.195 Kg/m3.
USE: Back and sides

bocote

Bocote (Cordia eleagnoides)

ORIGIN: Mexico
DESCRIPTION: Density 950-1200 Kg/m3
RECOMMENDATIONS: Bocote is easily worked and machined with good results
USE: Guitar backs and sides, headplates, fingerboards and bridges

Boxwood

Boxwood (buxus sempervirens)

ORIGIN: Spain
DESCRIPTION: White colour. Density 900 – 1030 Kg/m3
RECOMMENDATIONS: Great sound properties Stains easy in humid atmosphere
USE: Woodwinds

brazilian lacewood

Brazilian Lacewood (Roupala Brasiliensis)

ORIGIN: South America Tropical.
DESCRIPTION: Density: 885 kg/m3.

bubinga

Bubinga (guibourtia spp)

ORIGIN: Gabon
DESCRIPTION: Red colour. Density 700 – 900 Kg/m3
RECOMMENDATIONS: Can come in different grain patterns
USE: Guitar backs & sides

caminceran

Campincerán (Dalbergia granadillo Pitt.)

ORIGIN: Mexico
DESCRIPTION: Density: 990-1250 Kg/m3.

Mahogany

Mahogany (swietenia macrophylla)

ORIGIN: Brazil
DESCRIPTION: Brown to reddish colour. Density 490 – 530 Kg/m3
RECOMMENDATIONS: Protected specie, under appendix II of CITES
USE: Acoustic guitar neck, back & sides Electric guitar & bass neck and body

Honduras Cedar

Honduras Cedar (cedrela odorata)

ORIGIN: Brazil
DESCRIPTION: Light Brown colour. Density 450 – 600 Kg/m3
RECOMMENDATIONS: Protected specie, under appendix III of CITES
USE: Classic guitar neck

Western Red Cedar

Western Red Cedar (thuja plicata)

ORIGIN: Canada
DESCRIPTION: Orange / red colour. Density 350 – 400 Kg/m3
RECOMMENDATIONS: Nice sounding wood. Very stable.
USE: Guitar top

Cherry Wood

Cherry Wood (Prunus avium)

ORIGIN: Europe
DESCRIPTION: It has a density of 610-630 Kg/m3.
RECOMMENDATIONS: It is easy to work with (similar to Beech).
USE: This wood is widely used to turn to make pens, bowls, and combinations with other species.

Victory Island

Ciprés Victory Island (Cupressus nootkatensis)

ORIGIN: Canada
DESCRIPTION: Yellow colour. Density 450 – 600 Kg/m3
USE: Top, back and sides

South America Cypress

South America Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)

ORIGIN: South America
DESCRIPTION: Density 400-600 Kg/m3.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Sawing is difficult because of the knots. Smooth machining. Glues, stains, and finishes well.
USE: Guitar backs and sides

Cypress

Cypress (cupressus sempervirens)

ORIGIN: Spain
DESCRIPTION: White / Light yellow colour. Density 400 – 600 Kg/m3
RECOMMENDATIONS: Great response
USE: Flamenco guitar backs & sides

Plum Wood

Plum Wood (Prunus domestica)

ORIGIN: Europe
DESCRIPTION: It has a density of 610-630 Kg/m3
RECOMMENDATIONS: The areas with straight and clear grain are easy to work with hand or machine tools.
USE: It is used in cabinetmaking and turnery, as well to make knife handles.

Poplar

Poplar (populus alba)

ORIGIN: Spain
DESCRIPTION: Density 480 Kg/m3
RECOMMENDATIONS: Easy sawing and machining. Glues, stains, and finishes well
USE: Musical instruments, pallets, crates, matches

cocobolo

Cocobolo (dalbergia retusa)

ORIGIN: Mexico
DESCRIPTION: Red colour with dark grain. Density 990 – 1250 K
RECOMMENDATIONS: Considered as one of the substitutes to Brazilian Rosewood The oil it contains can cause problems when gluing
USE: Guitar backs & sides Woodwinds

Curupay

Curupay (Anadenanthera colubrina)

ORIGIN: South America
DESCRIPTION: It has a density of 1000 kg/m3. It has a heartwood pale to medium reddish brown
RECOMMENDATIONS: It is generally hard to work with on account of its irregular grain and high density.
USE: It is ideal for woodturning.

Ebony

Ebony (diospyros crassiflora Hiern.)

ORIGIN: Cameroon, Nigeria
DESCRIPTION: Black colour. Density 1000 – 1275 Kg/m3
RECOMMENDATIONS: Considered the #1 fingerboard material because of its smooth feeling, durability and aesthetics. Can crack easily when atmospheric conditions change
USE: Stringed instrument fingerboard Guitar bridge and head plate Woodwinds

Amara Ebony

Amara Ebony (Diospyros Celebica)

ORIGIN: Asia
DESCRIPTION: Density 1100-1300 kg/m3

Asian Ebony

Asian Ebony (Diospyros malabarica)

ORIGIN: South East Asia
DESCRIPTION: Density 825 kg/m3.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Easy machining, gluing and finished. Generally, works and turns well
USE: Laminated guitar backs and sides. “Cajones flamencos”

Madagascar Ebony (diospyros spp.)

ORIGIN: Madagascar
DESCRIPTION: Black colour. Density 1050 – 1280 Kg/m3
RECOMMENDATIONS: More stable than African ebony, turns better and doesn’t crack so easy.
USE: Stringed instrument fingerboard Guitar bridge and head plate Woodwinds

Makassar Ebony

Makassar Ebony (Diospyros Celebica)

ORIGIN: Asia
DESCRIPTION: Density: 1000-1300kg/m3.

Green Ebony

Green Ebony (Diospyros Durionoides)

ORIGIN: Asia
DESCRIPTION: Density 1000-1300 kg/m3

Curly Eucaliptus

Curly Eucaliptus (Eucalyptus globulus)

ORIGIN: Tasmania
DESCRIPTION: Density 748-830 Kg/m3
RECOMMENDATIONS: Store it at right temperature. Boards with interlocked grain frequently causes tear out during planning and other surfacing operations
USE: Guitar backs and sides . Laminate floor , railway sleepers

Ash

Ash (Fraxinus american)

ORIGIN: North America
DESCRIPTION: Density 660 kg/m3

Blackwood

Blackwood (dalbergia melanoxylon)

ORIGIN: Mozambique, Tanzania
DESCRIPTION: Black colour. Density 1250 – 1300 Kg/m3
RECOMMENDATIONS: Highly valued because of its acoustic properties. Nice finish and easy to turn.
USE: Woodwinds

Mexican Granadillo

Mexican Granadillo (Platymiscium Yucatanum)

ORIGIN: Central America
DESCRIPTION: Density 800-1000 Kg/m3
RECOMMENDATIONS: Store it at right temperature. It is recommended to work with sharp blades
USE: Guitar backs and sides, fingerboards. Castanets and marimba

Spalted Beech Wood

Spalted Beech Wood (Fagus sylvatica)

ORIGIN: Europe
DESCRIPTION: It has a density of 710 Kg/m3
RECOMMENDATIONS: Its drying is difficult since it presents risks of deformations, colorations and cuts.
USE: Ideal for lathe and knife handles.

hard maple

Hard Maple (Acer saccharum Marsh)

ORIGIN: North America
DESCRIPTION: Density 630-700 Kg/m3
RECOMMENDATIONS: Sawing and machining are difficult. Maple has a tendency to burn when being machined with high-speed cutters such as in a router
USE: Electric guitar and bass necks

hickory

Hickory (carya alba)

ORIGIN: USA
DESCRIPTION: White colour. Density 790 – 830 Kg/m3
RECOMMENDATIONS: Dens and durable
USE: Drum sticks

koa

Koa (acacia koa)

ORIGIN: Haway
DESCRIPTION: Different tones of brown. Density 720 Kg/m3
RECOMMENDATIONS: Specially valued when curly
USE: Guitar backs & sides Ukulele body

limba

Limba (Terminalia superba)

ORIGIN: Central Africa
DESCRIPTION: Density 600 kg/m3

macacauba

Macacauba (Platymiscium spp)

ORIGIN: Central and South America
DESCRIPTION: Density 950 kg/m3

Apple Wood

Apple Wood (Malus domestica)

ORIGIN: Europe
DESCRIPTION: It has a density of 830 Kg/m3
RECOMMENDATIONS: This wood that has a medium hardness and has a bending resistance when it has a natural drying
USE: It is ideal for lathe and carving.

mocambo

Mocambo (Balfourodendron Riedelianum)

ORIGIN: South America
DESCRIPTION: Density 700 a 900 kg/m3

Mulberry Wood

Mulberry Wood (Morus alba)

ORIGIN: Europe
DESCRIPTION: It has a density of 690 Kg/m3.
RECOMMENDATIONS: It responds well to both hand and machine tools. It turns, glues, and finishes well.
USE: It is used to make turned objects, fence posts and furniture.

Ovangkol

Ovangkol (guibourtia ehie)

ORIGIN: Gabon
DESCRIPTION: Different tones of green with marked grain. Density 725 – 820 Kg/m3
RECOMMENDATIONS: Similar to Rosewood but half the price
USE: Guitar backs & sides

musutaiba

Musutaiba (Dalbergia Elegans)

ORIGIN: Brazil
DESCRIPTION: Density 920 kg/m3.

Black Walnut

Black Walnut (juglans nigra)

ORIGIN: USA
DESCRIPTION: Dark brown. Density 550 – 660 Kg/m3
RECOMMENDATIONS: Affordable wood with good acoustics
USE: Guitar backs & sides

European Walnut

European Walnut (juglans regia)

ORIGIN: Spain
DESCRIPTION: Different tones of brown. Density 700 – 780 Kg/m3
RECOMMENDATIONS: Used very much in the past for classic guitar making
USE: Guitar backs & sides

okume

Okume (Aucomea Klaineana)

ORIGIN: Central Africa
DESCRIPTION: Density 450 kg/m3. Heartwood ranges from a pale pink to light brown
RECOMMENDATIONS: High silica content has a pronounced blunting effect on cutters
USE: Veneer, plywood, boatbuilding, furniture, interior millwork musical instruments

Olive Wood

Olive Wood (Olea Europeea)

ORIGIN: It comes from Middle East (Syria and Anatolia).
DESCRIPTION: The fiber is irregular and it can sometimes be intertwined. It has a density of 850-1120 Kg/m3
RECOMMENDATIONS: It dries slowly so this process is delicate because it can get cuts and collapse.
USE: It is ideal for carving, turning, incrustations, …

Elm Wood

Elm Wood (Ulmus minor)

ORIGIN: Central and southern Europe
DESCRIPTION: It has a density of 630-680 Kg/m3
RECOMMENDATIONS: It is easy to work, hard to split and very resistant to rot if it stays wet.
USE: It is used for woodturning, shipbuilding, mine piles, etc.

palo escrito

Palo Escrito (dalbergia palo-escrito)

ORIGIN: Mexico
DESCRIPTION: Red grain. Density 620 Kg/m3
RECOMMENDATIONS: Nice looking and attractive price
USE: Guitar backs & sides

Padouk

Padouk (pterocarpus tinctorius)

ORIGIN: Gabon
DESCRIPTION: Bright red. Density 825 Kg/m3
RECOMMENDATIONS: Very stable
USE: Guitar backs & sides Xylophone

Tulipwood

Tulipwood (dalbergia frutescens)

ORIGIN: Brazil
DESCRIPTION: Pink grain. Density 1010 – 1040 Kg/m3
RECOMMENDATIONS: Dens, good acoustics and attractive look
USE: Woodwinds

Amazon Rosewood

Amazon Rosewood (dalbergia spruceana)

ORIGIN: Brazil
DESCRIPTION: Dark brown colour. Density 1100 Kg/m3
RECOMMENDATIONS: Great look and acoustic qualities
USE: Guitar backs & sides Xylophone

Santo Domingo Rosewood (Entandrophragma utile)

ORIGIN: South America
DESCRIPTION: Density 1230 kg/m3.

Honduras Rosewood

Honduras Rosewood (dalbergia stevensonii)

ORIGIN: Guatemala
DESCRIPTION: Light brown colour. Density 1070 Kg/m3
RECOMMENDATIONS: Looks good and even better sound
USE: Xylophone Guitar backs & sides

Indian Rosewood

Indian Rosewood (dalbergia latifolia)

ORIGIN: India
DESCRIPTION: Range of colours that go from light brown to dark mauve. Density 870 – 900 Kg/m3
RECOMMENDATIONS: Extensively Used because of its great characteristics
USE: Guitar backs & sides, fingerboards, head plates and bridges.

Madagascar Rosewood (dalbergia baronii)

ORIGIN: Madagascar
DESCRIPTION: Light to dark brown colour. Density 920 Kg/m3
RECOMMENDATIONS: Most similar wood to Brazilian Rosewood in looks. Presents spider webbing and dark grain.
USE: Guitar backs & sides Electric guitar & bass fingerboard

Snakewood

Snakewood (Piratinera guianensis)

ORIGIN: South America
DESCRIPTION: It has a density of 1210 kg/m3
RECOMMENDATIONS: This wood is extremely dense and it usually blunts the cutters.
USE: It is ideal for woodturning

Kingwood

Kingwood (dalbergia cearensis)

ORIGIN: Brazil
DESCRIPTION: Violet grain. Density 1020 Kg/m3
RECOMMENDATIONS: Nice sounding and looking wood
USE: Guitar fingerboard Woodwinds

Santos Rosewood

Santos Rosewood (machaerium scleroxylon)

ORIGIN: Brazil
DESCRIPTION: Various tones of brown. Density 940 Kg/m3
RECOMMENDATIONS: Low price but good looking. Can produce allergies
USE: Guitar backs & sides, fingerboard, bridge and head plate. Electric guitar & bass fingerboards

pequia

Pequia (aspidosperma ponenposum)

ORIGIN: Brazil
DESCRIPTION: Light yellow. Density 1060 Kg/m3
RECOMMENDATIONS: Good sounding wood
USE: Woodwinds

Pear Wood

Pear Wood (Pyrus communis)

ORIGIN: Europe
DESCRIPTION: It is very popular in Europe and it has a density of 690 Kg/m3
RECOMMENDATIONS: Overall, it is easy to work with both hand and machine tools.
USE: It is used for lathe and carving.

purple heart

Purple Heart (Peltogyne pubelcens)

ORIGIN: Central America
DESCRIPTION: Density 880 kg/m3

red gum

Red Gum (Liquidambar styraciflua)

ORIGIN: EEUU
DESCRIPTION: 560 kg/m3

African Mahogany

African Mahogany (khaya ivorensis)

ORIGIN: Cameroon
DESCRIPTION: Light brown colour. Density 420 Kg/m3
RECOMMENDATIONS: Very similar to genuine mahogany
USE: Guitar neck, backs & sides Electric guitar & bass body

Sapele

Sapele (entandrophragma cylindricum)

ORIGIN: Gabon
DESCRIPTION: Brown colour. Density 560 Kg/m3
RECOMMENDATIONS: Good substitute to genuine Mahogany
USE: Guitar backs & sides

Sycamore

Sycamore (acer pseudoplatanus)

ORIGIN: Germany
DESCRIPTION: White colour. Density 620 Kg/m3
RECOMMENDATIONS: Like Maple without the curl
USE: Guitar binding, backs & sides

Silky Oak

Silky Oak (Grevillea robusta)

ORIGIN: Australia and South Africa plantations
DESCRIPTION: Density 600 kg/m3. Heartwood is a light to medium reddish brown with grey to light brown rays
RECOMMENDATIONS: Overall a fairly easy wood to work with, though there may be some difficulty in planning
USE: Musical instruments, veneer, cabinetry, turned objects and other small special items

sipo

Sipo (Entandrophragma utile)

ORIGIN: Africa
DESCRIPTION: Density 590-660 kg/m3
RECOMMENDATIONS: Utile can be troublesome to work in some machining operations
USE: Electric and bass body guitars

sonokeling

Sonokeling (dalbergia latifolia)

ORIGIN: Indonesia
DESCRIPTION: Range of colours that go from light brown to dark mauve. Density 820 Kg/m3
RECOMMENDATIONS: Like wide grain Indian Rosewood
USE: Guitar backs & sides, fingerboards, head plates and bridges.

Teak

Teak (Tectona grandis )

ORIGIN: Originally from Southeast Asia
DESCRIPTION: Its density is 750 kg / m3
RECOMMENDATIONS: The wood resists some acids, and it is classified as very durable against the action of fungi
USE: Shipbuilding, exterior and interior carpentry, and canes

Lime

Lime (Tilia Cordata)

ORIGIN: Europe
DESCRIPTION: Density 520-560 kg/m3.

Wengue

Wengue (millettia laurentii)

ORIGIN: Gabon
DESCRIPTION: Dark brown colour. Density 720 – 900 Kg/m3
RECOMMENDATIONS: Nice finish
USE: Electric guitar & bass fingerboard and body

zebrano

Zebrano (microberlinia brazzavillensis)

ORIGIN: Gabon
DESCRIPTION: Light colour with dark grain. Density 550 Kg/m3
RECOMMENDATIONS: Interesting aesthetics
USE: Guitar backs & sides

ziricote

Ziricote (cordia dodecandra)

ORIGIN: Mexico
DESCRIPTION: Green colour with dark grain.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Very nice looking, cracks easily though.
USE: Guitar backs & sides