Sides

Approximated sides dimensions for classic guitar: (800x110x3,5 mm) x2

 

Sides for classic guitar are the two pieces which close the lateral of the sound board. Commonly, they are made by the same wood than the backs to create a coherent image and sound.

These parts of the guitars are also important for the acoustic of the instrument, since they have the function of diffusing or reflecting the sound. In figures, sides influence in the sound in around a 20%, and mainly in the timbre of the sound.

The difference in the sound and in the esthetic of each instrument greatly depends on the wood we chose to build it. Through the history, a large variety of wood has been used to build the sides of classic guitars: from Ebony to Cocobolo, Indian Rosewood and Cypress for flamenco guitar.

However, unlike other parts of the guitar as the tops, we know that in sides there are very appreciated the figures and curly figures. For this reason, we always twin and keep together sides and backs to enjoy wood as an artwork.

Discover our wide variety of sides for classic guitar.

Sides 

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  • Finished Sides

    We know that time is very important for you, so we want to make easier your work with our finished sides for classic guitar: a fast and quality solution for building a great instrument.

    In this category, we prepare the woods more used in classic and flamenco guitars, like Indian Rosewood and Cypress. We manipulate them and give them the perfect shape to offer you sides ready to use.

  • Acacia

    The Acacia also known as "Blackwood" despite its name has no black appearance, nor too dark. This wood tone is very similar to the Koa one, which is an opened and woody tone that is between Mahogany and Rosewood. Its sound tends to have some high nuances, which gives it a dry sound.

    This wood is a perfect choice considering its price and the good results that are obtained from it. Do not miss the opportunity to make your new sides for classic guitar with this beautiful wood.

     

    BOTANICAL NAME: Acacia Melanoxylon

    COMMERCIAL NAMES: Australian Blackwood

    ORIGIN: Africa, South America and Asia

    DESCRIPTION: It has a density of 640 kg/m3. The heartwood is golden brown and it acquires a darker glow upon completion. It can have black grains and also small color variations. The grain is usually straight or slightly intertwined.

    SUGGESTIONS: You can easily work with hand and mechanical tools, although the carved wood and the pieces with interwined grain can cause some breakage. The Acacia twists but it can be glued and it ends well. It responds well to steam flexion.

    DRYING: Drying does not present difficulties. It has a fast-drying speed. It presents slight risks of deformations and cracks.

    USES: Soundboards for musical instruments, interior carpentry, woodwork.

  • Exotic Maple

    Sides of exotic maple are a very attractive option in the manufacturing of classic guitar. Exotic Maple, brother of European Maple, is characterized by having different patterns of figures, like knots and sinuous forms. However, exotic maple has the same sound quality than Curly Maple.

    There are some difficulties when working this wood in order to make their particular shape. But if it’s done with care, the result is remarkable. At Maderas Barber, we appreciate exotic wood and we want you to enjoy it. Discover with us the beauty and the quality of this valuable wood.

    BOTANIC NAME: Acer pseudoplatanus.

    COMMON NAMES: Curly maple, Flamed maple.

    ORIGIN: Center and East Europe

    DESCRIPTION:   Density 610-680 kg/m3.  White or light yellow wood colour. There is no distinction between the sapwood and the heartwood. Grain is generally straight, but may be wavy. Exotic pattern is very much appreciated.

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Machinery can be difficult.  Suitable for steam bending.  Easy gluing and finishing.  Resistant to fungi but susceptible to termites. Stains easily. It is recommended not to store it in humid places.

    DRYING: We recommend drying it at low temperatures to avoid spots and colour alterations. If drying process is fast wood will keep white colour.

    USES:  Electric Bass and  Electric Guitar. Classic and Acoustic Guitar. Violin , Viola, Cello and Double Bass.

  • Birdseye Maple

    Birdseye maple sides have a big demand between luthiers, because of the perfect mix of the high quality of maple, and the beauty given by the natural prints of this wood.

    This beauty appearance with rounded forms which imitates eyes, it’s supposed to be the result of an illness of the tree or a tree default. However, this wood has the same quality of other maple sides. But, we must take into account that this kind of wood has less stability even if his sound is brilliant.

    BOTANIC NAME: Acer saccharum marsh.

    COMMON NAMES:  Birdseye maple.

    ORIGIN: North America.

    DESCRIPTION:   Density 630-700 kg/m3.  Cream white to reddish brown colour. Figured with many small swirls resulting in circular eyes separate from each other - dubbed birds eye figure. It is not known what causes de phenomenon. The wood may be extremely valuable.

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Sawing and machinery are difficult. It is hard to plane. Suitable for steam bending.  Easy gluing and finishing. 

    DRYING: It is a wood that dries very fast. Hardly any defects on the drying process.

    USES:  Electric guitar bodies and bass guitar bodies. Guitar backs and sides.

  • Curly Maple

    Curly maple is one of the most treasured wood in Luthery, also in sides for classic guitar. The lack of uniformity in this wood is not a default, since the appealing of this wood is the flame or curly figure.

    His marbled, very particular, is very demanded for sides. Other characteristics of curly maple sides are also the pure and clean sound of this kind of wood, and the facility of being manipulated.

    In Maderas Barber we have a high variety of qualities in curly maple sides for classic guitar which adapts to your needs and preferences.

    BOTANIC NAME: Acer pseudoplatanus.

    COMMON NAMES: Curly maple, Flamed maple.

    ORIGIN: Center and East Europe

    DESCRIPTION:   Density 610-680 kg/m3.  White or light yellow wood colour. There is no distinction between the sapwood and the heartwood. The growth of the wood fibres is distorted in an undulating pattern producing wavy lines know as flames. Beautiful appearance.

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Machinery can be difficult.  Suitable for steam bending.  Easy gluing and finishing.  Resistant to fungi but susceptible to termites. Stains easily. It is recommended not to store it in humid places.

    DRYING: We recommend drying it at low temperatures to avoid spots and colour alterations. If drying process is fast wood will keep white colour.

    USES:  Electric Bass and  Electric Guitar. Classic and Acoustic Guitar. Violin , Viola, Cello and Double Bass

  • Spalted Maple

    BOTANIC NAME: Acer saccharum Marsh.

    COMMON NAMES: Spalted maple

    ORIGIN: North America

    DESCRIPTION:   Density 630-700 kg/m3.  Grain pattern typically straight. Pale colour with dark veins. Spalting is created by fungal invasion of wood. It is literally rotting, this causes some areas of the wood to bleach to a champagne colour while other areas retain the original colour of the wood. Certain fungi can even produce stained areas of blue, pink and other colours. The most fascinating creations of the fungi are dark lines, usually black, that look like free-form art drawn with a calligraphy pen or figures in fine marble.

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Cutting, machinery and sanding can be difficult.  Suitable for steam bending.  Easy gluing and finishing. 

    DRYING: Drying process is easy. Risk of cracks.

    USES:  Electric Bass guitar body tops and Electric Guitar body tops. 

  • Black Limba

    Black Limba Sides for Classical Guitar.

    Limba is a medium density wood and its appearance is yellowish brown pale with scattered black lines. Its sound is very similar to Mahogany but its color is lighter, so it offers more possibilities in translucent finishes.

    This wood is highly known for being the one that Gibson used to build the first guitars Flying V and Explorer in 1957.

    Complete an exotic and unique instrument with Black Limba Backs for Classical Guitar.

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    BOTANICAL NAME: Terminalia superba.

    TRADE NAMES: Korina, Afara.

    ORIGIN: Central and West Africa.

    DESCRIPTION: Density of 550/600 kg/m3. The wood color is white slightly pearly cream, which darkens when exposed to light. You may have yellowish areas with blackish streaks. Growth rings are often visible. The fiber can be straight or slightly interlaced. The grain is medium.

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Limba is sensitive to termites and fungi.

    DRYING: The drying rate may vary from fast to normal. It hardly presents risks.

    USES: Besides being used in Backs and Sides for Classic and Acoustic Guitars, it is also used in Necks and Bodies for Electric Guitars.

  • Bloodwood

    Bloodwood is a wood with the densest tone of red in the world. And it’s even heavier when it oxidizes. However, its exotic appearance is not the only benefit of this wood. Bloodwood is a wood with a high quality for building musical instruments.

    Grain in this wood is very cramped, like ebony. And because of being a very special wood, bloodwood is not always available, sometimes due to forest regulation or the lack of new plantations.

    Take a look to the bloodwood sides for classic guitar we have in Maderas Barber, and feel the red passion in your instrument.

    BOTANIC NAME: Brosimum rubescens

    COMMON NAMES : Bloodwood

    ORIGIN:  Tropical South America.

    DESCRIPTION:   Density 1050 Kg/m3.  Heartwood is bright, deep red colour. Sapwood has a pale yellowish colour.  Colour can darken to a darker brownish red over time with exposure to light. Straight grain pattern, occasionally interlocking. Fine texture and good natural luster.

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Bloodwood is extremely dense, and has a pronounced blunting effect on cutters. The wood tends to be brittle and can splinter easily while being worked.

    The wood’s dust has been reported as occasionally causing effects such as thirst and salivation, as well as nausea.

    DRYING: Drying process is slow and must be done carefully.

    USES:  Guitar  backs and sides.

  • Bocote

    With the pass of time, Bocote has become a wood very demanded due to his great sound and his beauty. This wood is considered an exotic wood, both for its appearance and its acoustic, where it stands out his warm and powerful tone.

    In addition, this wood has a good density, stability and the perfect one for building the sides, because of the sound reflection.

    Discover our Bocote sides for classic guitar in Maderas Barber, a wood which is not very known, but very appreciated by the luthiers who has worked with it.

    BOTANIC NAME: Cordia eleagnoides

    COMMON NAMES : Bocote, Bucote, Cordia, Barcino, Cueramo

    ORIGIN:  Mexico

    DESCRIPTION: Density 950-1200 Kg/m3.  Has a yellowish-brown body with dramatic dark brown to almost black stripes. Colour tends to darken with age. The grain patterning can be quite striking, particularly on flatsawn areas. It’s not uncommon to see many “eyes” and other figuring in Bocote.  It is heavy and resistant.

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Bocote is easily worked and machined with good results.  Bocote also turns and finishes well. knots do not seem to present any special challenges in machining.

    DRYING: Drying process is slow and must be done carefully.

    USES:  Guitar  backs and sides, headplates, fingerboards and bridges.

  • Brazilian Lacewood

    Brazilian Lacewood is one of the most special woods, both acoustic and visually. Its grain is very similar to the skin of some reptiles, what makes this wood in a very particular one. However, this wood presents some problems to be manipulated, so even if it’s a good option for classic guitar, we must take care when curving the sides. In addition, it’s very porous, so it’s necessary to use a big amount of material for cover pores.

    But when working gently this wood, this Brazilian Lacewood sides for classic guitar of Maderas Barber, will delight those luthiers who love exotic woods.

    BOTANIC NAMENectandra rubra

    COMMON NAMES: Brazilian Lacewood, Louro Faia, Leopardwood, Brazilian Silky Oak.

    ORIGIN:  Tropical South America.

    DESCRIPTION:   Density 885 Kg/m3.  Has a very conspicuous flecking that gives this wood its namesake. It has a reddish brown with grey or light brown rays, which result in a lace pattern when quarter sawn.  The grain is usually straight. Fine to medium texture.

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Easy wood to work with. Easy gluing and finishing.

    DRYING: Drying process is slow and must be done carefully.

    USES:  Laminated  guitar backs and sides. “Cajon flamenco”.

  • Bubinga

    Bubinga is an extremely treasured wood. It is even harder than Rosewood, but with a finer texture. When working with its very difficult to curve the sides because of its hardness. But the result is worth it.  

    On the other side, the colour reminds to Tulipwood, and his sound is rich and complete, with warm tones. And if we add the incredible value for money, this Bubinga sides will be a great option for your classic guitar.

    BOTANIC NAME: Guibourtia spp.

    COMMON NAMES : Bubinga

    ORIGIN:  Gabon

    DESCRIPTION:   Density 700-910 Kg/m3.  Heartwood ranges from a pinkish red to a darker reddish brown with darker purple or black streaks. Sapwood is a pale straw colour and is clearly demarcated from the heartwood. Grain is straight to interlocked. Has a uniform fine to medium texture.

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Easy wood to work with but can dull cutting edges. Turns and finishes well. Gluing can be problematic due to its high density and natural oils.

    DRYING: Drying process is slow and must be done carefully. Risk of deformation and cracks.

    USES:  Guitar backs and sides. Electric guitar body tops, electric bass body tops. Wind instruments.

  • Mahogany (CITES)

    Mahogany is one of the woods more used by luthiers to build classic guitars, due to his colour, not too dark and not too light, which adapts better to any preference. Mahogany is also a wood easy to work with, and with a very good sound. All guitars made by Mahogany behaves well in any situation.

    Mahogany sides for classic guitar are a great option for our instrument, both for its appearance and for its acoustic properties. Other advantages of this wood are the price, the facility to work with it and the stiffness. Discover the great adaptability of Mahogany in Maderas Barber.

    BOTANIC NAME: Swietenia macrophylla.

    COMMON NAMES : Mahogany. American mahogany.

    ORIGIN: Brazil.

    DESCRIPTION:   Density 490-530Kg/m3.  Heartwood colour can vary from a pale pinkish brown, to a darker reddish brown. Colour tends to darken with age. Grain can be straight, interlocked, irregular or wavy. Texture is medium and uniform.

    RECOMMENDATIONS: It is easy to work with tools, machines well. Sands very easily. Turns, glues, stains and finishes well.  Can cause skin irritations.

    DRYING: Drying process is fast. Wood can become deformed or crack.

    USES:  Guitar backs and sides. Necks, Heels, Bindings. Electric guitar body and body tops, electric bass body and body tops. 

  • Cypress

    Cypress wood is considered soft and light, but resistant at the same time. When you play a guitar made by Cypress, it is comfortable and the sound is brilliant and percussive. That’s why many flamenco artists search this kind of wood for their guitars.

    Therefore, Cypress is very used in Flamenco Guitars, but also in classic Guitars, because this wood is very easy to manipulate. In addition, Cypress stands out for its intense and pleasant smell.

    If you want to build the well-known “White Guitars”, what you need are cypress sides, also because of its price and its availability. Chose Cypress guitar in the quality you prefer at Maderas Barber.

    BOTANIC NAME: Cupressus sempervirens.

    COMMON NAMES: Cypress, Mediterranean Cypress, Italian Cypress

    ORIGINEastern Mediterranean region.

    DESCRIPTION:   Density 400-600 Kg/m3. Heartwood is a pale yellowish or reddish brown. Narrow sapwood is paler and usually clearly demarcated from the heartwood. Grain is usually straight, though small knots are sometimes present, creating a more irregular grain pattern. Fine, uniform texture with a good natural luster. Cypress has a distinct, fragrant scent.

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Sawing is difficult because of the knots. Smooth machining. Glues, stains, and finishes well.

    DRYING: Drying process must be careful.

    USES:  Classic guitar backs and sides. Flamenco guitar backs and sides. 

  • Victory Island Cypress

    This is one of the less known woods, but Victory Island Cypress is a good option for classic guitar because of its characteristics: its light colour and its stability. This wood is difficult to damage, deform or having small cracks. Also, this wood has acoustic proprieties very similar to those which are used in tops.

    Victory Island Cypress sides are also a good option for classic guitar because of his great value for money.

    BOTANIC NAME: Cupressus nootkaterisis

    COMMON NAMES: Victory Island Cypress, Yellow Cedar, American Cypress.

    ORIGIN: Canada.

    DESCRIPTION:   Density 430-530 Kg/m3. Heartwood is a light yellow. Sapwood is a similar whitish/pale yellow and isn’t distinct from the heartwood. colour tends to darken with age upon exposure to light. Grain is usually straight, sometimes wavy, with a uniform medium to fine texture.

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Easy to work with both hand and machine tools, though pieces with wavy grain may produce tear out during planning. Stains, glues, and finishes well. Dust can cause skin irritation

    DRYING: Easy drying chamber process.

    USES:  Guitar backs and sides. 

  • South America Cypress

    Like Mediterranean Cypress, South America Cypress is a wood very soft and light, but resistant at the same time. Mainly used in Flamenco and Classic Guitars, South America Cypress has a percussive and brilliant sound, very treasured by flamenco artists.

    But there are differences between this wood and Mediterranean Cypress. South America Cypress has a subdued colour, more irregularities and it’s not aromatic. But, for all that, it is a more economical wood.

    In Maderas Barber we have South America Cypress sides for Classic Guitar, a wood very easy to work which is great for this part of the instrument.

    BOTANIC NAME: Cupressus sempervirens.

    COMMON NAMES: Cypress, South American Cypress

    ORIGIN:  South America

    DESCRIPTION:   Density 400-600 Kg/m3. Heartwood is a pale yellowish or reddish brown. Narrow sapwood is paler and usually clearly demarcated from the heartwood. Grain is usually straight, though small knots are sometimes present, creating a more irregular grain pattern. Fine, medium texture . This Cypress is not as aromatic as the Mediterranean one.

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Sawing is difficult because of the knots. Smooth machining. Glues, stains, and finishes well.

    DRYING: Drying process must be careful.

    USES:  Guitar backs and sides. 

  • Cocobolo (CITES)

    Cocobolo wood has become with the pass of the years in one of the most treasured woods by luthiers. This wood has more resonance in low frequencies and a dynamic, agile and fast response, with a clear sound.

    Although the beauty of this wood (similar to Rosewood ones), there is not too much Cocobolo wood in the market. It has a high density and an amazing timbre, which makes this wood perfect for classic guitar sides.

    Discover the recognised acoustic and physical properties of this Cocobolo sides for classic guitar. A wood which offers a huge number of varieties in its appearance and which is available in Maderas barber in different qualities.

    BOTANIC NAME: Dalbergia retusa.

    COMMON NAMES: Cocobolo, Granadilla, Cocobola.

    ORIGIN: Nicaragua.

    DESCRIPTION: Density 990-1250 Kg/m3. Cocobolo can have different colours, ranging from yellow, orange, red, and shades of brown with streaks of black or purple. Sapwood is typically a very pale yellow. Colours are lighter when freshly sanded/cut, and darken with age. Grain is straight to interlocked, with a fine even texture. Good natural luster.

    Notoriously allergenic.

    RECOMMENDATIONS:  Due to the high oil content found in this wood, it can occasionally cause problems with gluing. Also, the wood’s colour can bleed into surrounding wood when applying a finish, so care must be taken on the initial seal coats not to smear the wood’s colour/oils into surrounding areas. Tear out can occur during planning if interlocked grain is present; the wood also has a moderate blunting effect on cutting edges/tools due to its high density. Cocobolo has excellent turning properties.

    DRYING: Slow drying wood. Risk of deformation or cracks.

    USES:  Guitar backs and sides, fingerboards, bridges, headplates. Wind instruments.

  • Curupay

    Discover the exclusivity of this Curupay sides for classic guitar in Maderas Barber: a wood which will not disappoint you.

    • BOTANIC NAME: Anadenanthera colubrina 
    • COMMON NAMES: Cebil, Curupay.
    • ORIGIN:  South America
    • DENSITY: 1000kg/m3
    • DESCRIPTION: Heartwood is a pale to medium reddish brown, frequently with darker brown to black streaks throughout. Color tends to darken with age. Sapwood is a pale yellow to pinkish brown.
    • RECOMMENDATIONS: Rated as very durable. Resistant to termites, though more susceptible to other insect attacks. Generally hard to work with on account of its irregular grain and high density. Cebil also has a pronounced blunting effect on cutters. Turns well.
    • USES: Flooring, exterior construction, furniture, and turned objects.
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  • Amara Ebony

    Although Amara Ebony is not specially known, this wood has a lot of acoustic and physical qualities. This wood has a very high density, which makes it perfect for being used in classic guitar sides. This wood provides grave sounds and a higher volume.

    Amara Ebony has some proprieties very similar to African Ebony, but it stands out mainly because of his appearance, which is not homogeneous like African Ebony.

    In Maderas Barber we offer you Amara Ebony sides for classic guitar of high quality. Discover with us this exotic wood and its valuable tonalities.

    BOTANIC NAME: Diospyros Celebica

    COMMON NAMES: Amara Ebony

    ORIGIN:  Asia.

    DESCRIPTION:   Density 1100-1300 Kg/m3. Sapwood colour goes from white to reddish brown. Heartwood is dark with different black colours with some bright stripes and green colour. Compare to the Makassar Ebony it is more opaque and less shinny.

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Tends to be difficult to work with due to its high density. Blunting effect on cutters. It is slightly easier to work with than the Makasssar Ebony.

    DRYING: Drying process must be slow to prevent cracks.  Wooden parts can become deformed.

    USES:  Guitar backs and sides.

  • Macassar Ebony

    Macassar Ebony is well known for being used in marquetry and cabinetmaking. But now is also used in building musical instruments, due to its high sound and physical qualities.

    The perfect and straight grain of this wood match perfectly with brown and black, and it provides an exotic touch, even oriental, to classic guitars. Also, we have to take into account the high acoustic qualities of this kind of wood, very similar to African Ebony.

    Thanks to the sound, beauty and hardness of this wood, this sides for classic guitar are an option highly regarded by luthiers.

    BOTANIC NAME: Diospyros Celebica

    COMMON NAMES: Macassar Ebony , Striped Ebony

    ORIGIN:  Asia.

    DESCRIPTION:   Density 1000-1300 Kg/m3 .Heartwood has a striped appearance, somewhat similar to Zebrawood. Yellow to reddish brown body with darker brown or black stripes. Sharply demarcated sapwood is pale gold colour. Grain is usually straight, but can sometimes be interlocked; fine uniform texture and good natural luster. 

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Tends to be rather difficult to work, due to its high density, blunting effect on cutters, and its occasionally interlocked grain. Humidity must be controlled during storage. Machining must be sharp.

    DRYING: Drying process is slow.  Wooden parts can crack or become deformed after drying.

    USES:  Guitar backs and sides and also fingerboards.

  • Exotic African Ebony

    In Maderas Barber, we highly bet on this wood. Exotic Ebony is a precious wood with amazing acoustic properties and a unique and special figure, which make the difference with other woods.

    Exotic Ebony share qualities with African Ebony. But the difference is the contrast in black and white of Exotic Ebony that creates incredible drawings and figures. Regarding to the sound, this wood has a brilliant and dynamic touch. All these characteristics become this wood in one of the most valuated nowadays by luthiers.

    At Maderas Barber, we know that this wood is very special. That’s why we offer you Exotic Ebony in different qualities with a high range of stock with the aim of covering the needs of luthiers and large manufacturers of musical instruments


    BOTANIC NAME: Diospyros crassiflora hiern.

    COMMON NAMES: Exotic African Ebony, Exotic Black Ebony.

    ORIGIN:  Central and Western Africa.

    DESCRIPTION:   Density 1030-1050 Kg/m3. Sapwood is light colour and hardwood is jet-black. We can find on this specie a wide variety of colours.  Grain is usually straight but can also be interlocked. Fine even texture with very high natural luster.

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Easy sawing but can be difficult to work. Has a dulling effect on cutters. Tear out may occur on pieces that have interlocked or irregular grain. It can crack easily under changes in temperature or because of humidity. Machining and gluing can be complicated due to its high density. Finishes well. Can cause skin problems.

    DRYING: Drying process speed can vary from normal to low speed. Tendency to split.

    USES:  Musical instruments fingerboards. Wind instruments.

  • Green Ebony

    Like happens with all Ebony wood, Green Ebony has also a high density. Thanks to this quality, this wood can perfectly reflect the sound in the acoustic box of the instrument like a few woods can do. If we add its extraordinary beauty, in olive green colour, Green Ebony becomes in a very valued wood.

    Discover the exclusivity of this Green Ebony sides for classic guitar in Maderas Barber: a wood which will not disappoint you.


    BOTANIC NAME
    : Diospyros Durionoides

    COMMON NAMES: Green Ebony

    ORIGIN:  Central America.

    DESCRIPTION:   Density 1000-1300 Kg/m3 . Sapwood is white and heartwood is black/brown with stripes in different tones but mainly green olive colour.

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Store it at right temperature to prevent cracks. Can cause skin problems.

    DRYING: An uncommon characteristic of the green ebony , if it cracks before drying process it is possible that after drying the crack seals disappearing without a trace.

    USES:  Guitar backs and sides and also fingerboards, bridges and headplates.

  • Curly Eucalyptus

    Although Curly Eucalyptus is a not very common wood in musical instruments building, this wood has some qualities which worth working with it.

    This wood has a great mechanical resistance, elasticity and hardness at the same time. And we can’t forget its precious grain. However, it must be manipulated carefully, because it is a wood very difficult to get dry and it tends to deform.

    But if you work it with accuracy and precision, Curly Eucalyptus sides for classic guitar are a great choice for your instrument.

    BOTANIC NAME: Eucalyptus Globulus.

    COMMON NAMES: White Eucalyptus

    ORIGIN:  Tasmania.

    DESCRIPTION:   Density 748-830 Kg/m3  Sapwood is pale grey/white, and heartwood is reddish brown or brown yellow light. Grain is interlocked with a medium texture. Low natural luster.

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Store it at right temperature. Boards with interlocked grain frequently causes tear out during planning and other surfacing operations. Glues and finishes well.

    DRYING: Many internal stresses and  drying difficulties. Wood tends to deform.

    USES:  Guitar backs and sides . Laminate floor , railway sleepers.

  • Ash

    Classic guitar sides estimated dimensions (800x110x3,5mm)x2

    At Maderas Barber, we have the variety of Swamp Ash. A species of ash characterized by growing in swampy areas of the US and therefore, developing other different properties for its use in instruments.

    The rigidity and stability of this wood are lower compared to common ash. However, it is a much lighter wood and its sound qualities are better: greater warmth and resonance of sound. That’s why it is usually used for guitar bodies, sides or backs, pieces which close the instrument's soundboard.

    Many manufacturers opt for this variety due to its excellent acoustic properties, and its spectacular flamed curl that appears on the surface. In fact, some of the most historic Fender Teles and Stratos (USA) guitars have been made with this wood.

    At Maderas Barber we offer you the opportunity of discovering this Swamp Ash sides for classical guitar with its excellent acoustic properties and its beautiful flaming.


    BOTANIC NAME
    : Fraxinus Americana.

    COMMON NAMES: White Ash, American White Ash.

    ORIGIN:  North America.

    DESCRIPTION:   Density 660 Kg/m3. The heartwood is a light to medium brown colour. Sapwood can be very wide, and tends to be a beige or light brown; not always clearly or sharply demarcated from heartwood. The grain is almost always straight and regular, though sometimes moderately curly or figured boards can be found.

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Produces good results with hand or machine tools. Responds well to steam bending. Glues, stains, and finishes well. Dulling effect.

    DRYING: Easy and fast drying.

    USES:  Musical instruments. Flooring, millwork, boxes/crates, baseball bats, and other turned objects such as tool handles.

  • Mexican Granadillo

    Mexican Granadillo is a wood that stands out for two qualities: on the one hand, it reflects a very special and fresh sound. And on the other hand, it is a wood which bears very well the attack of fungi that damage wood due to its natural and high durability.

    The appearance of this wood is also very valued because of the different tonalities you can obtain. In short, Mexican Granadillo sides will become your guitar in a high-quality instrument.


    BOTANIC NAME
    :
    Platymiscium Yucatanum

    COMMON NAMES: Mexican cocobolo, Zangalicua, Mexican granadillo.

    ORIGIN:  Central America

    DESCRIPTION:   Density 800-1000 Kg/m3 .

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Store it at right temperature. It is recommended to work with sharp  blades.

    DRYING: Slow drying speed.

    USES:  Guitar backs and sides, fingerboards. Castanets and marimba.

  • Macacauba

    Macacauba is a special wood very difficult to get. This wood stands out for its appearance with very bright colours, and for its acoustic, with a unique and clear sound.

    In Maderas Barber we use this wood almost exclusively in the sounding board. And sometimes in fingerboards. Do don’t miss the opportunity and get this Macacauba sides for classic guitar: a wood which will surprise you.

    BOTANIC NAME: Platimiscium spp.

    COMMON NAMES: Macacauba, Macawood, Hormigo, Orange Agate.

    ORIGIN:  Central and South America.

    DESCRIPTION:   Density 950 Kg/m3. Heartwood colour can be highly variable, ranging from a bright red to a darker reddish or purplish brown, frequently with darker stripe. Grain is straight to interlocked, with a medium to fine texture. High natural luster.

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Good working characteristics for both hand and machine tools, though areas of interlocked grain should be approached with care to avoid tear out.

    Turns and glues well.

    DRYING: Slow drying process

    USES:  Musical instruments, veneer, plywood and furniture.

  • Ovangkol

    Ovangkol has been used for years with the purpose of reaching a beauty appearance and a traditional and powerful acoustic. This wood also offers high notes and good harmonics.

    Ovangkol is easy to work with, cheap and extremely beautiful. In a few words, this wood is a sustainable alternative if we compare it with other species more popular.

    For all these reasons, the Ovangkol sides for classic guitar of Maderas Barber are a perfect option both for guitars used in concerts and for guitars used by Flamenco soloists.

    BOTANIC NAME: Guibouthia ehie.

    COMMON NAMES: Ovangkol

    ORIGIN:  Central Africa.

    DESCRIPTION:   Density 780-825 Kg/m3. Varying shades of yellowish to reddish brown with darker brown, grey, or black stripes. Moderately wide sapwood is a pale yellow, clearly demarcated from heartwood. Sometimes seen with a curly or mottled grain pattern. Grain is straight to slightly interlocked. Medium to coarse texture, with moderate natural luster.

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Overall a fairly easy wood to work, though Ovangkol contains silica and can therefore dull cutters prematurely. Also, if the grain is interlocked, or if there is other figure present in the wood, planning and other machining operations may be troublesome and cause tear out. Turns, glues and finishes well.

    DRYING: Slow to normal drying process. Risk of deformation.

    USES:  Musical instruments. Floors and furniture.

  • American Walnut

    This wood is becoming very popular between luthiers, both for its facility to work with and for its brown tonality rich in shades. This wood match perfectly stability, resistance and hardness, besides being sustainable and abundant.

    Regarding to the acoustic, it has a great response of tones and a brilliant sound. We can’t neither forget its good value for money. For all this, American Walnut sides for classic guitar of Maderas Barber are a good option which is gaining the confidence of the musical instruments builders.

    BOTANIC NAME: Juglans nigra

    COMMON NAMES: Black walnut, American Walnut.

    ORIGIN: United States and Canada.

    DESCRIPTION:   Heartwood can range from a lighter pale brown to a dark chocolate brown with darker brown streaks. Colour can sometimes have a grey, purple, or reddish cast. Sapwood is pale yellow-grey to nearly white. Grain is usually straight, but can be irregular. Has a medium texture and moderate natural luster.

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Easy to work provided the grain is straight and regular. Glues, stain and finishes well. It is recommended to wear a face mask. Can cause eye and skin irritation.

    DRYING: Drying process must be slow.

    USES:  Guitar backs and sides. Fingerboards.

  • European Walnut

    This wood has been always used by luthiers in the handcrafting of classic guitars, but the tradition remains.

    This wood is considered as semi-heavy, but not so heavy as Maple. European Walnut has a wide range of tonalities in brown and a very natural finish. It is very easy to manipulate and its sound is halfway point between Ebony and Maple. European Walnut offers incredible high notes, strong mids, and well-defined bass.

    Don’t miss the elegance and the sobriety of these European Walnut sides of Maderas Barber.

    BOTANIC NAME: Juglans regia

    COMMON NAMES: European Walnut.

    ORIGIN: South East Europe.

    DESCRIPTION:   Heartwood can range from a lighter pale brown to a dark chocolate brown with darker brown streaks. Colour can sometimes have a grey, purple, or reddish cast. Sapwood is nearly white. Grain is usually straight, but can be irregular. Has a medium texture and moderate natural luster.

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Sawing is difficult because of knots and other defects. Easy to work provided the grain is straight and regular. Glues, stain and finishes well.

    DRYING: Slow drying process. Risk of deformation if you try to speed the drying process.

    USES:  Guitar backs and sides. Furniture, cabinetry, interior panelling, veneer.

  • Padauk

    Very similar to Rosewood, Padouk is, for its hardness and weight, a very durable, resistant, steady and easy to work wood. These characteristics make this wood a very good option for classic guitar sides.

    Besides, this specie of wood has a stunning beauty with an intense red. About the acoustic, is also a good wood since produces a clear and clean sound with medium density.

    Padouk Sides for classic guitar has a high quality in Maderas Barber and they are perfect for instruments with an intense sonority.

    BOTANIC NAME: Pterocarpus Tinctorius

    COMMON NAMES: Padouk, Padouk, Camwood.

    ORIGIN: Gabon

    DESCRIPTION: Density 825 kg/m3. Heartwood colour can vary, ranging from a pale pinkish orange to a deep brownish red. Most pieces tend to start reddish orange when freshly cut, darkening substantially over time to a reddish/purplish brown. Grain is usually straight, but can sometimes be interlocked. With a coarse, open texture and good natural luster. 

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Overall Padouk is easy to work; tear out may also occur during planning on quarter sawn or interlocked grain. Padouk turns, glues, and finishes well. It is advised to apply a porous cover before using the products to finish the instrument.

    DRYING: Drying speed varies from quick to normal. There is not much risk of deformation during the drying process.

    USES: Guitar backs and sides. Xylophones.

  • Amazon Rosewood

    Amazon Rosewood is a wood highly appreciated, especially because it is the specie with more similarities to Brazilian Rosewood.

    This wood has excellent acoustic characteristics. In Amazon Rosewood, the sound perfectly reflects, which is totally necessary in classic guitar sides. Besides its obvious beauty, this wood has also a great density and share some attributes with dalbergia nigra.

    Admire Amazon Rosewood sides of Maderas Barber and enjoy of the tonal and physical qualities of this wood.

    BOTANIC NAME: Dalbergia spruceana.

    COMMON NAMES: Amazon Rosewood.

    ORIGIN: Brazil.

    DESCRIPTION: Density 1100 kg/m3. Amazon Rosewood tends to be an orange or reddish brown, with darker contrasting streaks. Lighter yellowish sapwood is clearly demarcated from heartwood. It has uniform, medium texture with open pores.

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Amazon Rosewood can be fairly difficult to work on account of its density. It also needs to be glued with care ,as do most other true rosewoods.). It turns and finishes well, and can be polished to a high natural luster.

    DRYING: Due to its density, it dries slowly. Risk of cracks.

    USES: Guitar backs, sides and fingerboards. Xylophones.

  • Indian Rosewood

    Indian Rosewood is one of the more appreciated and treasured woods for building musical instruments. Due to its great qualities, this wood is used in many parts of Classic Guitar.

    Choosing Indian Rosewood when building sides for classic guitars is a completely success. Because of its straight grain, its high resistance to tears and its ease to shape, this kind of wood is a safe bet. The warm sound of this stunning wood will impress and delight the luthiers who choose this treasure.

    Take this Indian Rosewood Sides for Classical Guitar of Maderas Barber, which are available in different qualities.

    BOTANIC NAME: Dalbergia latifolia.

    COMMON NAMES: Indian Rosewood, East Indian Rosewood.

    ORIGIN: India.

    DESCRIPTION: Density 870-900 kg/m3. Heartwood can vary from a golden brown to a deep purplish brown, with darker brown streaks. The wood darkens with age, usually becoming a deep brown. Has a medium texture and fairly small pores. The grain is usually narrowly interlocked.

    RECOMMENDATIONS:  It can be difficult to work with tools because of its interlocked grain and density. The wood can sometimes contain chalky deposits that will rapidly dull cutting edges. Glues and finishes well, though colour from the wood’s natural resins can inadvertently bleed onto surrounding surfaces when applying a finish, so care must be taken on the initial seal coats.  Can cause skin irritation

    DRYING: Dries slowly. There is no risk of deformation but it can crack. The wood colour improves with the drying.

    USES: Guitar tops , backs, fingerboards, bridges, headplates and Zanfoña pieces.

  • Santos Rosewood

    Santos rosewood is a very dense, tough, compact and, most of all, long lasting wood. But it is also soft to the touch. Its appearance has a great beauty, because of its big variety of colors which goes from a light and golden brown to a very dark brown, with yellow and purple touches. All this variety gives outstanding contrasts to this wood.

    Regarding to the sound, it is very similar to Indian Rosewood, although it is warmer and more brilliant than Ebony. Some say that Santos Rosewood is the perfect combination between Ebony and Indian Rosewood.

    In short, Santos Rosewood is a tough and resistant wood, which doesn’t need any additional finishing. So, Santos Rosewood sides from Maderas Barber are a great option to wrap up the sounding board.

    BOTANIC NAME: Machaerium scleroxylon.

    COMMON NAMES: Pau Ferro, Morado, Bolivian Rosewood, Santos Rosewood.

    ORIGIN: Brazil.

    DESCRIPTION: Density 940 kg/m3. Colour can be highly varied, ranging from reddish/orange to a dark violet/brown, usually with contrasting darker black streaks. Narrow sapwood is a pale yellow and is clearly demarcated from the heartwood. Grain is typically straight, though sometimes slightly irregular or interlocked. Fine, even texture and a naturally high luster.

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Pau Ferro is considered overall to be of fair workability, as it can blunt the cutting edges of tools, and any irregular grain has a tendency to tear out during machining operations. Also, many of the same challenges in gluing rosewoods are common to Pau Ferro as well. Pau Ferro turns and finishes well. Can cause eye and skin irritation.

    DRYING: Dries slowly. No risk of deformation but it can crack.

    USES: Guitar tops, backs, fingerboards , headplates and bridges. Wind instruments.

  • Purple Heart

    Purple Heart is a wood not very common in the manufacture of musical instrument. But its stunning appearance causes a big admiration in luthiers worldwide.

    But it is not only appreciated by its physical characteristics, it is also appreciated because it is a very dense and tough wood and also because it has a brilliant tone very similar to Hard Maple wood, but even warmer.

    In short, although it is a wood a little bit complicated to work with, if you chose Purple Heart sides for your Classic Guitar, you instrument will have a different and unique touch.

    BOTANIC NAME: Peltogyne pubelcens.

    COMMON NAMES: Purpleheart, Amaranth.

    ORIGIN: Central America.

    DESCRIPTION: Density 880 kg/m3. When freshly cut the heartwood of Purpleheart is a  dull greyish/purplish brown. Upon exposure, the wood becomes a deeper eggplant purple. With further age and exposure to UV light, the wood becomes a dark brown with a hint of purple.

    RECOMMENDATIONS: If the wood is heated with dull tools, or if cutter speeds are too high, Purpleheart will exude a gummy resin that can clog tools and complicate the machining process. Depending on the grain orientation, can be difficult to plane without tear out. Purpleheart also has a moderate dulling effect on cutters.

    DRYING: Drying speed varies from normal to slow. Risk of deformation

    USES: Musical instruments, furniture. It has excellent strength properties, and can be used in applications where strength is important.

  • Red Gum

    The Red Gum sides for classic guitar are a very interesting option for the construction of the instrument soundboard. This wood has similar sonorities to Mahogany or Cypress, and produces a clean sound. Currently, Red Gum is an unknown wood for many manufacturers but it is increasing its presence in the guitar manufacture in a very important way due to its spectacular drawings and figures which make it a very remarkable wood.

    We must take into account that Red Gum is one of those called as "soft wood", so the work of make the sides curved is much less complex than in others. In addition, the glugging is also quick and simple. This type of wood reflects the high sounds very well and achieves brilliant tones.

    In Maderas Barber we have a wide variety of Red Gum sides for classic guitar: don’t miss this spectacular wood.

    SCIENTIFIC NAME: Liquidambar styraciflua

    ORIGIN: USA

    DESCRIPTION: 560 kg/m3

  • African Mahogany

    African Mahogany shares a lot of qualities with Mahogany. However, African Mahogany is even more affordable and more available.

    This wood is mainly used to manufacture necks, but with the time, African Mahogany has been also used in other parts of the instrument thanks to its ease to work and its lightness.

    Discover the acoustic and physical qualities of African Mahogany Sides for Classic guitar in Maderas Barber, giving you always the best quality.

    BOTANIC NAME: Khaya ivorensis.

    COMMON NAMES: Khaya, African mahogany.

    ORIGIN: Cameroun.

    DESCRIPTION: Density 490-530 kg/m3. Heartwood colour is variable, ranging from a very pale pink to a deeper reddish brown, sometimes with streaks of medium to dark reddish brown. colour tends to darken with age. Grain is straight to interlocked, with a medium to coarse texture. Good natural luster.

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Easy to work, glue, and finish. Tear out can sometimes be a problem if the grain is interlocked. Can cause eye and skin irritations.

    DRYING: Fast drying. Risk of deformation and cracks.

    USES: Guitar necks and heels, backs and sides, bindings, bodies for electric and bass guitars.

  • Sapele

    Sapele is an African wood very similar to Ebony, both physically and acoustically. But Sapele is a cheaper alternative and it also has a brighter sound due to its greater density.

    This wood offers a good finishing and an attractive aesthetic. About the sound, Sapele projects very good the tones in Classic Guitar, apart from its great value for money.

    This wood is also highly sustainable and a great option to build our instrument. The Sapele enhance midtones and has a similar tone to Hard Maple, but even warmer.

    Discover the balance and the great qualities of Sapele sides for Classic Guitar in Maderas Barber.

    SCIENTIFIC NAME: Entandrophragma cylindricum
    ORIGIN: Gabon
    DESCRIPTION: Brown colour. Density 560 Kg/m3
    RECOMMENDATIONS: Good substitute to genuine Mahogany
    USE: Guitar backs & sides

  • Sycamore

    Sycamore wood is, with difference, the best wood if you look for density and stiffness. That’s why this wood is one of the most used in classic and electric guitar.

    Sycamore is well-known due to its brilliant acoustic sound and for having a sound clear, focused and well defined.

    For all this, Sycamore sides for classic guitar of Maderas Barber are a recommendable option if you search for quality and high performance.

    BOTANIC NAME: Acer pseudoplatanus.

    COMMON NAMES: Sycamore, Maple.

    ORIGIN: Central Europe, Eastern Asia.

    DESCRIPTION: Density 640 kg/m3. Sapwood colour ranges from almost white, to a light golden or reddish brown, while the heartwood is a darker reddish brown. Grain is generally straight, but may be wavy. Has a fine, even texture.

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Fairly easy to work with both hand and machine tools, though it has a tendency to burn when being machined with high-speed cutters such as in a router. Turns, glues, and finishes well, though blotches can occur when staining, and a pre-conditioner, gel stain, or toner may be necessary to get an even colour.

    DRYING: Allow air dry but can cause spots and colour alterations. It is important to dry it quickly to keep the white colour.

    USES: Guitar , backs and sides, bindings and fingerboards.

  • Wenge

    Wenge is a wood which is increasingly gaining more followers in Lutherie. It started being very used in necks and fingerboards, but nowadays it’s also used in other parts of the instrument since luthiers have discovered its great acoustic qualities.

    Wenge is a rigid, stable and strong wood which provides warm low tones and medium tones very focused. As all hard, dense and heavy woods, Wenge gives to your instrument a fantastic resonance and a brighter sound. Furthermore, Wenge reduces the highest hints in a very similar way to Tulipwood.

    Discover the beauty and the quality of Wenge sides for Classic Guitar in Maderas Barber.

    BOTANIC NAME: Milettia laurentii.

    COMMON NAMES: Wengue, Panga-Panga

    ORIGIN: Central Africa

    DESCRIPTION: Density 830 kg/m3. Heartwood is medium brown, sometimes with a reddish or yellowish hue, with nearly black streaks. Upon application of a wood finish the wood can become nearly black. Grain is straight, with a very coarse texture. Low natural luster.

    RECOMMENDATIONS Can be difficult to work with hand and machine tools. Blunts tool edges. Sands unevenly due to differences in density between light and dark areas. Very large pores can be difficult to fill if a perfectly smooth/level finish is desired.

    DRYING: Slow drying speed. Low risk of deformations.

    USES: Guitar fingerboards, bridges, headplates, backs and sides. Bodies for electric and bass guitars.

  • Zebrano

    This wood’s name comes from the similarity of its grain with the skin of Zebras. That’s why Zebrano is an exotic wood very treasured because of its acoustic and physical qualities.

    Regarding to the sound, it has a tone very similar to Hard Maple, but with some restrictions in the highest tones. As a result, the sound of this wood is very brilliant, with dynamic highs and clear mid-tones.

    This wood is rigid and a little bit difficult to work with. But if it’s manipulated accurately, the result will be worth it.

    Discover the sound wonderfully balanced of this Zebrano sides for Classic Guitar of Maderas Barber.

    BOTANIC NAME: Microberlinia brazzavilensis.

    COMMON NAMES: Zebrano, Zebrawood.

    ORIGIN: Central Africa

    DESCRIPTION: Density 790 kg/m3. Heartwood is a light brown or cream colour with dark blackish brown streaks vaguely resembling a zebra’s stripes. Has a fairly coarse texture and open pores. Grain is usually wavy or interlocked.

    RECOMMENDATIONS The wood saws well, but can be very difficult to plane or surface due to the prevalence of interlocking grain. Tear out is common. Zebrawood glues and finishes well, though a transparent pore filler may be necessary for the large open pores which occur on both dark and light surfaces.

    DRYING: Difficult to dry. Risk of deformations and cracks.

    USES: Musical instruments, tool handles, furniture.

  • Ziricote

    Ziricote is one of these woods known as precious or fine woods. That’s why Ziricote has a high demand. This wonderful wood will give to your classic guitar an elegant and luxurious touch due to the beautiful and big contrast of its grain.

    However, the beauty of this wood is not the only thing which makes Ziricote special, since its sound is also a very good quality. This wood has a higher tone than Tulipwood, and its low damping is similar to the one of this Dalbergia wood. Furthermore, Ziricote sides have a resounding sound, bright high notes and a great variety of harmonics.

    For all this, Ziricote sides for Classic Guitar of Maderas Barber are a perfect option to build your own instrument.

    BOTANIC NAME: Cordia Dodecandra.

    COMMON NAMES: Ziricote

    ORIGIN: Central America.

    DESCRIPTION: Density 805 kg/m3. Ziricote has colour ranges from medium to dark brown, sometimes with either a green or purple hue, with darker bands of black growth rings intermixed. Ziricote has a very unique appearance, which is sometimes referred to as “spider-webbing” grain figure. The pale yellowish sapwood is sometimes incorporated into designs for aesthetic effect, or to cut down on wastage. Grain is straight to slightly interlocked. Medium to fine texture, with good natural luster.

    RECOMMENDATIONS Ziricote is fairly easy to work considering its high density. The wood tends to develop end and surface checks during drying, which can be problematic: though the wood is stable once dry. Ziricote turns and finishes well, and in most instances, it can also be glued with no problems.

    DRYING: Dries slowly. Risk of deformations or cracks.

    USES: Guitar backs and sides, fingerboards.