Bocote is now very used between luthiers and musical instruments builders, thanks to its great acoustic and its singular beauty. This exotic wood has a particular appearance due to the round figures that we can find in its surface and which commonly remind to the bird’s eyes.
This tonewood has a good “sustain”, a powerful and warm tone, and a great stability, what makes it perfect for bridges.
Discover our Bocote bridges for classic guitar in Maderas Barber, a wood which is not very known, but very appreciated by the luthiers who has already worked with it.
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.