Madagascar Rosewood is very similar to Brazilian Rosewood and has become one of the Luthier’s favorite woods for building fingerboards, mostly due to its sound and its beauty.
In addition, hardness is one of the most wanted qualities in tonewood for this part of the instrument, and this is a key attribute in Madagascar Rosewood. This wood has a high quality with stunning sound attributes for electric bass fingerboards that you have to meet in Maderas Barber.
BOTANIC NAME: Dalbergia baronii.
COMMON NAMES: Madagascar Rosewood, Palisander.
DESCRIPTION: Density 920 kg/m3. Heartwood generally ranges from a light yellow-brown to a darker orange or reddish brown. Darker black streaks are common, and can produce a grain figure known as “spider-webbing” .Pale yellow sapwood is clearly demarcated from heartwood. Grain is usually straight, with a uniform medium-fine texture.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Generally easy to work with both hand and machine tools, though depending on the species, it can blunt cutting edges rapidly. Care should be taken in gluing and finishing, due to natural oils in the wood that can disrupt the drying process. Turns and polishes well.
DRYING: Dries slowly . Natural oils can interrupt the process.
USES: Guitar tops , backs, fingerboards, bridges, headplates.