Bocote is an exotic wood, both for its sound and beauty. This wood has a particular appearance due to the figures of its grain, which commonly has the shape of circles very similar to eyes.
With the pass of time, Bocote has become a wood very treasured due to its beauty and its sound qualities: its big projection of the sound and the sweet tone.
In addition, this wood has a great stiffness and tension, qualities very demanded in fingerboards and which make this wood could be perfect for this part if the instrument. We can’t neither forget about the great stability of this wood.
If we work carefully this wood and we reduce its thickness to the maximum, Bocote fingerboards for classic guitar of Maderas Barber, won’t let you down.
BOTANIC NAME: Cordia eleagnoides
COMMON NAMES : Bocote, Bucote, Cordia, Barcino, Cueramo
DESCRIPTION: Density 950-1200 Kg/m3. Has a yellowish-brown body with dramatic dark brown to almost black stripes. Colour tends to darken with age. The grain patterning can be quite striking, particularly on flatsawn areas. It’s not uncommon to see many “eyes” and other figuring in Bocote. It is heavy and resistant.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Bocote is easily worked and machined with good results. Bocote also turns and finishes well. knots do not seem to present any special challenges in machining.
DRYING: Drying process is slow and must be done carefully.
USES: Guitar backs and sides, headplates, fingerboards and bridges.