Indian Rosewood is one of the most appreciated wood for instrument making. This wood is used for every part of the instrument except tops. Indian Rosewood is a great option for sides due to its straight grain and its easy molding, the reason is that it has less risk of breaking than other woods.
This wood tends to darken the sound and bring a warmer touch. Its tonal features and its obvious admirable aesthetics are the reasons why is so prized.
Maderas Barber bets for this kind of acoustic wood for acoustic guitar making, so we offer Indian Rosewood sides in different qualities.
BOTANICAL NAME: Dalbergia latifolia.
COMMERCIAL NAMES:Palo Santo de India, Palisandro de India, Palisandro rosa índico.
DESCRIPTION: 870-900kg/m3 density wood with brown, pink or violet tonalities. Its sapwood colour is light yellowish white and the heartwood colour goes from violet dark pink to purple brown, it gets darker when drying. It has dark violet grains. Grain is also waved and thick.
SUGGESTIONS: Saw and machining are complicated due to its waved grain and the presence of scale deposits.
DRYING: Drying time is slow, nearly without breaking risks, but maybe some cuts. The colour of the wood improves with time.
USES: It has many of them, apart form being used for Fingerboards, it’s also used for sounding boxes, Bridges, Headplates and some pieces of Hurdy-Gurdy.