Blackwood is being used to replace the classic wood that have been commonly used in fingerboards. The great qualities of this wood which make it a perfect option for classic guitar are: a good sound, hardness and durability. Furthermore, it is one of the best options to avoid marks and spots in your instrument, apart from its great ability to resist the string tension due to its hardness.
Discover the fantastic sound of Blackwood fingerboards and the famous roses smell that luthiers appreciate in this wood species and which make it even more special for your classic guitar.
BOTANIC NAME: Dalbergia melanoxylon.
COMMON NAMES: Blackwood, African Blackwood.
ORIGIN: Tanzania, Mozambique.
DESCRIPTION: Density 1250-1300 Kg/m3 . Often completely black, with little or no discernible grain. Occasionally slightly lighter, with a dark brown or purplish colour. The pale yellow sapwood is usually very thin, and is clearly demarcated from the darker heartwood. It has a fine, even texture, with small pores that should not require filling; the grain is typically straight.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Very difficult to work with hand or machine tools, with an extreme blunting effect on cutters. Blackwood is most often used in turned objects, where it is considered to be among the very finest of all turning woods. Gluing and finishing are acceptable. Should be waxed to prevent cracks.
DRYING: Drying process is slow. Minimal risk of deformation but tends to crack.
USES: Guitar fingerboards. Wind instruments.