The Blackwood is a wood that began to be used in fingerboards as a Indian Rosewood or Ebony, since it has very similar properties. The Blackwood has an optimum hardness and density to make fingerboards and, therefore, provides a neat sound, which is very typical of dense woods.
Its high hardness and density degree ensure that it is a wood with a high resistance to wear produced by the blows or frictions that this part of the instrument usually gets.
In short, the Blackwood is an ideal alternative to be considered to make fingerboards for acoustic guitar. Check your quality in Maderas Barber.
BOTANICAL NAME: Dalbergia melanoxylon.
COMMERCIAL NAMES:Granadillo, African blackwood, Blackwood.
ORIGIN: Mozambique, Tanzania.
DESCRIPTION: It is a very dark wood with a density of 1250-1300 kg/m3. Its sapwood has a white-yellow color and its heartwood has a dark purple brown with striking traces or black grains. It has a fine grain and a straight fiber. The wood has an oily feel.
SUGGESTIONS: It cracks if it is not well waxed. When sawing, it requires the use of powerful machinery: the saws get dull very quickly. The machining is difficult but the gluing and finishing are fine.
DRYING: The drying speed is very slow and it presents a little deformation risk, although it tends to crack.
USES: In addition to being used in various instruments fingerboards, it is also used in wind instruments.