Santos Rosewood is an increasingly requested wood by luthiers and big instrument manufacturers, it’s a good alternative to Bubinga and other Rosewoods.
This wood has a singular beauty apart from some incredible acoustic properties to build the acoustic box of the guitar. Although it has a similar sound to Rosewood, Santos Rosewood provides a more brilliant and warm sound to our instrument, as well as a percussive attack and a great sustain.
It’s physically a hard and resistant wood that has no need of any special finish to emphasize its beauty. Its good price-quality relationship might also help you to decide.
Enjoy the beauty of Santos Rosewood sides for Acoustic Guitar available in Maderas Barber.
BOTANICAL NAME: Machaerium scleroxylon
DESCRIPTION: 940 kg/m3 density wood of different tonalities. The whiteness has a light yellow colour and the heartwood can change a lot, going from reddish orange to violet brown. Dark contrasted grain, usually straight, but sometimes it can be irregular or intertwined too. It has a thin texture and a high natural bright.
SUGGESTIONS: Machining has an average difficulty. It tends to blunt the tools. Good natural finish. High toxicity caused by the wood dust.
DRYING: Slow drying speed. It hardly presents deformation risks, but maybe a new crack or aggravating the existent ones.
USES: Apart from being used for fingerboards, it’s also used for sounding boards, bridges, headplates, tops and wind instruments.