In the fingerboard’s manufacture, the woods tension and rigidity are very important features. The Bocote is an exotic wood because of its appearance and in its sound.
Its sound translates into power and warmth. To get the best out from the Bocote, this wood has to be worked with delicacy which is well known by luthiers. Regarding the fingerboards, its thickness should be as thin as possible to achieve its best level.
Physically, the Bocote has a high density, and therefore a good "sustain" and stability. These reasons make it a good wood to make fingerboards, because it is a part that must present resistance to knocks and rubbing. Get to discover the Bocote backs for acoustic guitar from Maderas Barber.
BOTANICAL NAME: Cordia eleagnoides.
COMMERCIAL NAMES: Bocote, Bucote, Cordia, Barcino, Cueramo.
DESCRIPTION: Orange reddish brown wood whose density is 950-1200 kg/m3. It is a wood with a medium hardness and a uniform texture. It presents uniform lines, broken by small knots that looks like eyes. The color is yellowish brown with dramatic dark brown-black veins, although it tends to get darker over time. The grain pattern can be very impressive, being a very precious wood for its contrasts. It is heavy and resistant.
SUGGESTIONS: It is easy to work with and it responds well to gluing. It can be well polished achieving good finishes. It is highly resistant to insects.
DRYING: This is a slow and delicate process, especially in the branches pieces or in the flatcut.
USES: It is used in various instruments fingerboards and in the classical and acoustic guitars soundboard, headplates and bridge.