Bocote is a wood that is being very used by luthiers worldwide thanks to its natural beauty and great sonority. Bocote has usually special figures like eyes or little circles which will make your guitar quite different than others.
Bocote has good sustain, a powerfull and warm tone and a great stability which make this wood perfect for this part of the instrument. Get impressed by the precious figures of Bocote headplates that you will find in Maderas Barber.
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.