Blackwood fingerboards are used as a substitute of the Indian Rosewood and the Ebony fingerboards on the Archtop guitars. It is appropriate for its sound, hardness and durability. lt is the best ally against frictions and stains. One of the most important characteristic is its strength and aesthetic that’s why Blackwood is one of the best options for your instrument.

In Maderas Barber we have high quality Blackwood fingerboards for Archtop guitars. Find out the Blackwood appreciated for its sound.


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

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