Bocote has become very popular among the guitar building for its great beauty, sound and ease of working. It’s not uncommon to see many “eyes and other figuring in the bocote.

Bocote is hard, heavy and dense wood, strong and stiff with a medium texture, ideal for Archtop guitar headplates. Be amazed by this gorgeous wood from Maderas Barber.


BOTANIC NAME: Cordia eleagnoides

COMMON NAMES : Bocote, Bucote, Cordia, Barcino, Cueramo

ORIGIN: Mexico

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.

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