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 Backs for Acoustic 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 shares all the qualities with its European Maple sibling, but the brunched mesh is different: forming sinuous draws that seem like knots
It’s a rare and special wood. Although it presents some complication due to its mesh, the result will make it worth.
Choose different and discover the quality and particular beauty of the Exotic Maples sides for Acoustic Guitars in Maderas Barber.
BOTANICAL NAME: Acer pseudoplatanus
COMMERCIAL NAMES:Curly Maple, Arce flameado, Maple, Plátano falso, Arce fico.
ORIGIN: Middle and East Europe.
DESCRIPTION: White Wood of a 610-680 kg/m3 density. The color of this wood is white or light yellow, but the sapwood has no difference from heartwood.The woody radiuses are visible and they appear in very thin and decorative line shapes. The grain goes from straightness to ruggedness. It’s also thin. The curl is a very appreciated quality for aesthetic reasons.
SUGGESTIONS: Machining can present problems because of the intertwine grain. The tool’s blunt is a common issue. It shows a good response when bending with the vapor. Both the gluing and the finish show no inconvenient. Wood is durable to fungus and sensible to termites. It gets dirty easily, it’s recommended not to keep it in humid places.
DRYING: Drying at low temperature chambers is recommended to avoid color changes and stains. If drying is fast, the wood will keep its white tonality.
USES: A very versatile and requested wood, so it’s used for classic and acoustic guitar’ sounding board, also for Backs, Sides and Necks of Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass, as well as Electric Guitar and Bass Necks and Bodies.
The special look of the Birdseye Maple is a result of a genetical illness of an unknown origin. The figures of this wood imitate rounded figures like bird eyes, reason of its given name.
However, due to the singular structure of the grain and pattern, it has less stability than the common maple.
Acoustically, Birdseye Maple gets a special bright sound for the sounding board. All these reasons explain why is so claimed for acoustic guitar backs.
BOTANICAL NAME: Acer saccharum Marsh
COMMERCIAL NAMES:Birdseye Maple, Arce Ojo de Perdiz
ORIGIN: North America.
DESCRIPTION: 630-700 kg/m3 density light wood. The wood color is white with a bit of a red in the sapwood and the duramen has a pale red brown. Fiber is straight, but it occasionally can be showed as wavy. The grain is thin. This variety is really common, the wood has rounded shape draws, like eyes figures. There are different theories about its motive and might be possible to be a default of the wood growth. The result is a very beauty and requested pattern.
SUGGESTIONS: Difficult sawing, the machining has problems and is a difficult to sand wood. It presents good ability to bend when steamed. Finishing and Gluing present no problems.
DRYING: It’s an easy to dry wood, but it has some risk of collapse and cracks.
USES: Mainly used for sounding boards and Electric Guitar/Bass bodies.
Maple is a wood widely used in string instruments with exceptional sound qualities. In the case of Acoustic Guitar, it is increasingly demanded for Tops, Backs and Sides, especially figurative maples, such as Curly Maple or Flamed Maple.
Curly Maple is harder to find than other varieties, a little softer and less dense, but usually has a very particular (slightly nasal) timbre, high definition and beauty, balancing the bass and treble sounds.
Aesthetically are highly demanded Curly Maple Backs for Acoustic Guitar, especially those of higher grades, considering that more quality, more curl. In Curly Maple flamed figure runs perpendicular to the grain, adding three-dimensionality and liquid appearance to the surface.
Enjoy Curly Maple Backs for Acoustic Guitar, a unique timber.
BOTANICAL NAME: Acer pseudoplatanus.
TRADE NAMES: Curly Maple, Flamed Maple.
ORIGIN: Germany and Eastern Europe.
DESCRIPTION: White wood with a density of 610-680 kg/m3. It is a smooth and thin wood, straight grain, texture but may also be corrugated, leading to streaking. Its color is between white - beige and yellow. The curl is a very appreciated feature for aesthetic reasons.
RECOMMENDATIONS: It is very easy to spot and it is recommended not to store in wet places.
DRYING: Drying is very difficult and requires great care, especially with thicknesses greater than 40 mm; moreover, the drying speed is slow. However, if not dry too quickly, Maple presents little risk of deformations.
USES: Besides being used in Classic and Acoustic Guitars soundboards, it is also used in Backs, Sides and Necks for Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass and Necks and Bodies for Electric Guitars and Basses.
Dimensions (550/570x215/230x4,5 mm)x2
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 Backs for Classical Guitar, unique and different Backs to satisfy exotic tastes.
The Limba is a timber known as a "super-Mahogany". Regarding the sound is very similar to Mahogany, but with a much better response and with a much sweeter range of media sounds.
Some of the most valuable guitars in history are made of Limba, a super hard and stable wood. Fender has chosen this wood to give a fresh blow to its timeless Telecaster. It was also used to make the Gibson Explorer and Flying V.
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: It 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 Acoustic Guitar and Classic Guitar, it is also used in Necks and Bodies for Electric Guitars.
The Bloodwood is a wood that has a very intense red tone, which increases in power when it gets rust, unlike the Padouk. But it is not only appreciated for its aesthetic but also for other qualities such as its tight grain or its superior sound.
It is a highly demanded wood that is not always available due to forest regulation and the lack of plantations. In Maderas Barber we have Bloodwood backs for acoustic guitar, an exotic wood with a high quality that will bring an exotic and very different touch to your instrument.
BOTANICAL NAME: Brosimum rubescens.
ORIGIN: Tropical South America
DESCRIPTION: Red color wood, 1050 kg/m3 density. The heartwood has a vivid red color that can change to brown red if it’s exposed to the sun. The whiteness has a pale-yellow color. The grain is usually straight or slightly intertwined. It has fine texture with a good natural bright.
SUGGESTIONS: It’s extremely thick and tends to block some tools. The Bloodwood tends to be fragile and can be easily splinted. It can produce thirst, salivation, nausea or skin irritation effects.
DRYING: Drying speed is very slow, that’s why it has to be carefully treated.
USES: Mainly for sounding boards.
The Bocote an exotic wood, as much as in appearance as in sound. It makes a powerful and warm tone, and due to its high density, it perfectly reflects the sound in the instrument's acoustic box.
This density is what gives the Bocote a great stability, resistance and a good "sustain"; qualities that are very enviable for this part of the guitar. Its shape offers some drawings in different brown tonalities that will delight luthiers and guitarists.
Get to discover the Bocote backs for acoustic guitar from Maderas Barber, a wood the lucky ones who have already worked with it, appreciate very much.
BOTANICAL NAME: Cordia eleagnoides.
DESCRIPTION: 950-1200kg/m3 density Reddish orange-colored brown. It’s a medium hard wood with an even texture. Uniform lines too, broken by little knots similar to eyes figures. It has a yellowish-brown color with dramatic dark brown, almost black, grains that tend to get darker with time. The grain pattern can be very impressive, also very appreciated for its contrasts. It’s heavy and tough.
SUGGESTIONS: Easy to work with, good response to gluing. It also has a good polishing, getting good finishing results. It’s highly resistant to insects.
DRYING: Slow and delicate, especially in branched or counter-mesh pieces.
USES: Besides being used for fingerboards of different instruments, it’s also used for the sounding board, the headplate and the acoustic and classic guitar bodies.
Lacewood doesn’t only have peculiar acoustic features, but visual too. Its mesh is specially attractive, very similar to lace textile or some reptiles skin.
The acoustic has bright tones, perfect for making backs. The inconvenience is that it’s hard to work with because the uniform grain can cause cracks or deformations. But if treated rightly, the result will guitarist’s heart for its exotic touch.
Maderas Barber offers this so special wood for your acoustic guitar backs.
BOTANICAL NAME: Roupala brasiliensis, Roupala Montana.
COMMERCIAL NAMES: Brazilian Lacewood, Louro Faia, Leopardwood, Brazilian Silky Oak.
ORIGIN: Tropical South America.
DESCRIPTION: 885 kg/ m3 density wood.The color of this wood changes from dark pink to reddish brown and shows a pattern of little rounded or oval marks. Its exotic appearance it’s usually related to reptile skins. The grain is usually straight.
SUGGESTIONS: Machining has no difficulty, same as gluing and finishing.
DRYING: Drying time is slow and the process needs to be careful because it can be easy to deform.
USES: Used for plated pieces for Sides, Backs and Flamenco boxes.
The Bubinga is a perfect wood for musical instruments in all aspects. It is as hard or even more than the Rosewoods, but its texture is finer. For these reasons and for its interlaced grain, it is a wood that has to be worked carefully. Visually, it has a brown-purple color that makes it very similar to Tulipwood.
In terms of acoustics, this African wood presents a very rich and full sound filled with warm uniform tones. If to all this, we can add its great relationship between quality-price, which makes the Bubinga a highly recommended option to make your acoustic guitar backs.
BOTANICAL NAME: Guibourtia spp.
COMMERCIAL NAMES: Bubinga
DESCRIPTION: Reddish color wood with a 700-910 kg/m3 density. Its whiteness is whitish or reddish grey and old pink-red for its heartwood. It has lots of discontinuous thin grains of a violet, pink or red color and some other more wide, diffuse grains of a brown color. The grain is usually straight or slightly intertwined, but sometimes it can be waved too. The grain goes from thin to medium.
SUGGESTIONS: Saw is easy, but it’s recommended to use a powerful equipment. Machining doesn’t present any problem, but precautions need to be taken. The wood needs powerful equipment and the tools get quickly blunt.
DRYING: Drying speed is slow with some risks of deformation and cracks.
USES: Is equally used for sounding boards and wind instruments, apart form tops for electric guitars and basses.
Mahogany is one of the most used woods in the guitar construction history, mainly for its medium tone, able to adapt to the guitarists wishes. Physically, it is an easy and versatile wood to work with, and it acts very well in any situation. In addition, it is a very good option if we consider its price, which suits all pockets.
In Maderas Barber we have a high stock of Mahogany backgrounds for acoustic guitar: choose them if you are looking for a safe high quality option.
BOTANICAL NAME: Swietenia macrophylla.
DESCRIPTION: Brown-reddish color wood with a 490-530 kg/m3 density. The color of this wood is whitish or yellowish white in its whiteness and pink in its heartwood, but it gets reddish brown with time. It usually has very attractive, straight (sometime intertwined) grains. This also goes from thin to medium.
SUGGESTIONS: Machining is usually very easy, except for areas with figures. Gluing and finishing are good. Direct contact can produce skin irritation.
DRYING: Drying speed is fast. It has some deformation and cracking risks.
USES: Is a versatile and requested wood, used for body tops and electric basses and guitars bodies, sides, headplates, sounding boards and necks.
The Victory Island Cypress is not one of the most used woods in the lutherie history, but it has gained its space thanks to its clear and articulated tone and thanks to its good sustain.
This is a very stable type of cypress, so it has a little chance to crack and to deform. In addition, it has similar acoustic properties that are needed in the instruments covers.
Victory Island Cypress backs from Maderas Barber are a very economical option recommended for your acoustic guitar because of its sound and its great relationship between quality-price.
BOTANICAL NAME: Cupressus nootkaterisis
DESCRIPTION: Yellow wood with a 430-530 kg/m3 density. The color of this wood is almost white or
SUGGESTIONS: Machining presents no problems, neither does gluing or finishing. Metals and humidity leave stains. The dust of this wood can cause allergies or toxicity to some people.
DRYING: Drying in chambers is easy, they occasionally appear some superficial cuts in great thickness pieces and resin secretion.
USES: This wood is mainly used for sounding boards.
The so liked Cocobolo is a tropical dense, hard wood that offers a bright sound to your instrument. It has a bigger resonance in low tones and a dynamical and fast response, emphasizing its clear tone. It has turned into one of the most appreciated woods in the world as years passed by.
Besides, it has nothing to envy in comparison to Rosewoods. Its density is very high and offers an amazing timber: two ideal features for guitar backs.
Discover with us one of the best tonewoods in the market thanks to Cocobolo backs for acoustic guitars.
BOTANICAL NAME: Dalbergia retusa.
COMMERCIAL NAME:Cocobolo, Cocobola, Granadilla
DESCRIPTION: Red orange wood with black grains with a 990-1250 Kg/m3 density. The whiteness has a light yellow color, but it can also appear with a cream color and has a similarity with ivory. Its colors are less intense when the wood has been just cut down or sanded and it gets dark with time. The grain goes from straight to intertwined, it’s uniform and has solid texture. It has a natural bright too.
SUGGESTIONS: It can show some gluing problems due to its high oil content. It might need a continuous sharpening, but it offers excellent machining properties and works well with a blade. High toxicity. The wood is hard and easy to work with, but tools will may need regular sharpening too.
DRYING: Slow process with deformation and break risks.
USES: Apart from being used for different instrument fingerboards, it’s also used for sounding boards and wind instruments.
Discover the exclusivity of this Curupay backs for acoustic guitar in Maderas Barber: a wood which will not disappoint you.
The Amara Ebony is an exotic wood that has a very high density. It is used mainly in guitar backs, because its high density provides a deep sound and a great volume, which is desired for this part of the instrument.
In general, the Amara Ebony has similar properties to the African Ebony, but it has a different aesthetic, because it is not as homogeneous as the African one.
In Maderas Barber we offer you Amara Ebony backs for high-quality acoustic guitars. Get to discover this exotic wood and its beautiful tones.
BOTANICAL NAME: Diospyros Malabarica
DESCRIPTION: 1100-1300 kg/m3 density. The sapwood hastones that go from white to reddish brown. Heartwood is dark, with different shades of black and some bright lines and green tones.
SUGGESTIONS: It’s slightly easier to work with than Makassar Ebony; still its durability requires very powerful equipment and a perfect sharpening.
DRYING: Drying has to be slow to avoid cracking and deformations.
USES: It’s mainly used for sounding boards, backs and sides due to its acoustic properties.
Exotic Ebony is really appreciated for making musical instruments, both for the beautiful figures that it has as for the unbeatable acoustic properties.
This wood shares qualities with African Ebony, but with a black and white contrast that make amazing patterns. Regarding the sound, it has bright and dynamical tones. It’s also a good ally against scratches and stains.
We know how special this wood is and we have a big gamut of back qualities of Exotic Ebony to cover your big demand.
BOTANICAL NAME: Diospyros crassiflora Hiern.
ORIGIN: West and Central Africa
DESCRIPTION: Black color wood with a 1030-1050 kg/m3 density. Colors are light in the whiteness and black in the heartwood. This kind presents more variety colors and it creates pieces of a great beauty. The ebony grain is straight, but it can be intertwined at some point. Grain is thin.
SUGGESTIONS: It easily cracks to environmental changes or relative humidity. It’s resistant to insects and fungus action. Easy to saw, but tools will probably need to be constantly sharp, while machining and gluing get complicated because of its density and hardness conditions. Finishing has no problems. It might produce eczemas or skin irritation.
DRYING: Drying time changes from ordinary to slow, it presents good drying in small sizes and it has some tendency to crack or deform.
USES: it can be used in different instruments fingerboards as well as in wind instruments.
The Green Ebony offers a high density as well as all other kinds of Ebonies, which makes it perfect to reflect the sound of the acoustic box in a way that very few woods can do.
To this important quality, we must add its extraordinary beauty with a nice olive-green color which makes it a high demanded wood for luthiers and guitarists.
Discover the green Ebony backs for acoustic guitar from Maderas Barber, a very impressive wood that will not disappoint you.
BOTANICAL NAME: Diospyros Durionoides
COMMERCIAL NAMES: Green Ebony
ORIGIN: Central America
DESCRIPTION:1000-1300kg/m3 density. The sapwood color is white and the heartwood is black/dark brown with different shades of colors, but main one is olive green.
SUGGESTIONS: It can cause dermatitis, it’s recommended to keep it in a suitable temperature to prevent any crack.
DRYING: A special feature of this wood is that, even if it’s broken before it dries, it is possible that the crack closes again without any trace.
USES: Mainly for backs and sides, but also for fingerboards, bridges and headplates thanks to its properties.
The Curly Eucalyptus is not very common in the musical instrument’s construction; however, it has certain qualities that makes it worth working with.
This wood has a great mechanical resistance, hardness and elasticity, in addition to a very colorful veining. However, it must be worked with delicacy, since it is a difficult wood to dry and it tends to deform.
If you work it carefully, the Curly Eucalyptus backs of for acoustic guitar from Barber Woods can be a good option for your instrument.
BOTANICAL NAME: Eucalyptus globulus
COMMERCIAL NAMES: White Eucalyptus
DESCRIPTION:740-830 kg/m3 density. The color of the sapwood is greyish white or pale cream and the heartwood goes from cinnamon-color to reddish brown or light yellow. The wood grain is medium and twisty.
SUGGESTIONS: It’s important to keep the wood in a place without abrupt temperature or humidity changes, a great powerful equipment is necessary to saw because of the deformations that growth tautness can cause.
DRYING: Drying is complicated. There’re risks of deformations, crack formation and
USES: In the musical field, is exclusively used for the sounding box, back and sides. It’s also used for railroads and wooden flooring.
Acoustic guitar backs estimated dimensions (550x215x4,5mm)x2
The Mexican Granadillo is a wood widely used in string instruments due to its acoustic and physical properties. On one hand, it reflects the sound in a fresh and special way, and on the other hand, it offers a high natural durability against the attacks of the fungies that degrade the wood.
On top of that, this an attractive wood because of its tonalities, so the Mexican Granadillo backs for acoustic guitars from Maderas Barber, will become a great ally for your instrument.
BOTANICAL NAME: Dalbergia granadillo
ORIGIN: Central America
SUGGESTIONS: It’s recommended to keep it in places with no abrupt temperature changes and also to be used with very sharpen blades.
DRYING: Drying speed is slow.
USES: Mexican Granadillo is very valued by luthiers due to its acoustic properties. Crafts, knife handles, castanets and marimba keys.
The Indian Laurel lives in the shadow of India’s main export product, the Rosewood, but it should not be overlooked. This wood is denser than Tulipwood and has surprising sonic potential. The wood is very attractive visually, although it doesn’t have as much variation for each peace as the one found in the Indian Rosewood. It has a characteristic strong and uniform brown color that is increased by slightly mottle dark lines and a very subtle cross grain figure although some pieces modify and have a lighter background color. Due to its density and stability it produces a very harmonic and stable sound.
BOTANICAL NAME: Terminalia Tomentosa
COMMON NAME: Indian Laurel
DESCRIPTION: The color of the wood varies from light brown to dark brown with darker, and nearly black streaks. Sapwood is pale pinkish color, clearly different from the heartwood whose density is 855kg /m3. It’s a wood of intermediate hardness and uniform texture. The grain is generally straight or slightly interlocked. It’s heavy and resistant.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Generally, it is easy to work, although sections with interlaced or irregular grain are more problematic. Low resistance to insects.
DRYING: The drying process is slow and delicate, gluing is easy.
USES: In addition to being used in the tuning forks of a variety of instruments, it’s also used in the soundboard of Classical and Acoustic Guitars.
The Macacauba is a very unique and hard to find wood. In the music industry, it is used exclusively for backs and sides, and sometimes for fingerboards.
In addition to its beautiful and attractive appearance with bright colors, the Macacauba has a unique sound that makes it special to make acoustic guitar backs. Its clear and defined tone, is one of the acoustic properties that have made it an appreciated wood by luthiers.
BOTANICAL NAME: Platymiscium spp
ORIGIN: Central and South America
DESCRIPTION: 950 kg/m3 density. The heartwood color can be changeable, from a gloss red to a reddish or purple dark brown, usually with darker lines.
SUGGESTIONS: It generally has good work qualities both for hand tools and machine tools, though intertwined grains must be treated carefully to avoid any cracks.
DRYING: It has to be slowly.
USES: Furnitures, sheet, musical instruments and small wood specialized articles.
The Ovangkol, is an aesthetical beautiful wood. Its sound goes between the Indian Rosewood’s warmth and depth, and the maple’s treble or highs, which are perfect qualities to make acoustic guitar backs.
In addition, this wood offers more advantages: it is quite easy to work, economic and it is beautiful, without neglecting that it is a sustainable alternative if it is compared with other species more popular.
Ovangkol has been used for several years, by some of the largest high-end factories, especially Taylor, Lowden and Avalon. The combination of affordability, beauty and tonality, has made it one of the favorite woods of the luthiers and large manufacturers. Get to discover the Ovangkol backs for acoustic guitar from Maderas Barber: the ideal option to combine sustainability, ease of work and visual beauty.
BOTANICAL NAME: Guibortia ehie
COMMERCIAL NAMES: Ovengkol
ORIGIN: Central Africa
DESCRIPTION:780-825 kg/m3 density. The sapwood color is yellowish white, turning into grey when it gets dry and the heartwood is yellowish-brown, sometimes dark grains appear.
SUGGESTIONS: Occasionally, there’ll be areas with off-white deposits that could be removed with hot water.
DRYING: Drying speed goes from regular to slow. It has some risks of deformations.
USES: It’s used for numerous purposes, from furniture to floors and, of course, musical instruments too.
American Walnut is gaining popularity for: its beauty, its work ease and for its tonal response. In addition, it is a sustainable and abundant wood, so important instrument manufacturers are starting to prefer it.
This wood offers a great stability once it is dry, and is easily molded and glued. Its great relationship between quality-price is another advantage to choose this acoustic wood for the backs of your acoustic guitar. Get them in Barber Woods with the best quality.
BOTANICAL NAME: Juglans nigra
ORIGIN: United States and Canada
DESCRIPTION:550-660 kg/m3 density. The sapwood color goes from white to yellowish brown and the heartwood can be reddish brown or chocolate colored. Sometimes it has violet tones.
SUGGESTIONS: It’s recommended to use a face mask when working with it because its dust is really irritating and can cause sneezes and nosebleed.
DRYING: Drying has to be done slowly to avoid any imperfection.
USES: It’s also used for fine furniture and floors, apart from musical instruments.
The European Walnut is a super beautiful wood in every way. Aesthetically, it has a range of beautiful browns and open grains that guarantee a natural high-level finish.
This wood species goes in the heavy wood range, although it is not as hard as the Maple. The sound of the Walnut is similar to the Maple, but without having clearly marked the highest frequencies, and it guarantes a solid mid-range crystalline. It is a wood easy to work, perfect to make backs for acoustic guitar.
BOTANICAL NAME: Junglans regia
COMMERCIAL NAMES: European Walnut
ORIGIN: South East Europe
DESCRIPTION: The wood color goes from grey to light brown in the sapwood and from greyish brown to grey in the heartwood. It frequently has very dark colored grains, usually almost black. The grain is usually straight, but it can be uneven too.
SUGGESTIONS: Saw is hard because of its hardness and the presence of knots and other imperfections complicates the cut. It’s recommended to have precaution in order to not cause abrupt temperature changes for the wood.
DRYING: We might cause deformations if we try to speed up the process, so it needs to be slow.
USES: European Walnut can’t be used outdoors because of its durability, that’s why it’s mainly used for musical instruments, indoor carpentry and furniture.
The Padouk is a durable wood. Its acoustic properties are very good to make guitars, due it makes a clear and clean sound because of its medium density. Aesthetically it is not a common wood: it is a very striking wood and it distinguish any instrument due to the intense red color of its heartwood.
In addition to its acoustic properties, it is an easy wood to work with, making it a very good option for the backs of our acoustic guitar.
BOTANICAL NAME: Pterocarpus Tinctorius
COMMERCIAL NAMES: Padauk, Camwood
DESCRIPTION: Red colored wood with a 825 Kg/m3 density. The sapwood is cloudy and the heartwood is red. The grain can be straight or slightly intertwined, it’s also thick or uneven.
SUGGESTIONS: Padouk is a very easy wood to work with and presents no difficulties for hand work. It’s important to apply the primer before using finishing products.
DRYING: Drying can be regular or fast, without barely any risk of deformation.
USES: Guitar sounding box. Xylophones.
Amazon Rosewood is very similar to the raised Palo Santo de Río, a very protected acoustic wood by the law.
This wood has excellent tone qualities, it reflects the sound properly, a necessary thing for this part of the instrument. Aesthetically, it has a stunning beauty and a high grade of density.
Maderas Barber has big quality Amazon Rosewood backs: discover the irrefutable properties of the wide stock that we have here in Maderas Barber.
BOTANICAL NAME: Dalbergia spruceana.
COMMERCIAL NAMES:Palo Santo Amazonas, Jacaranda de Amazonas, Palisandro de Amazonas.
DESCRIPTION: Dark Brown Wood with a 1100 kg/ m3 density. The color of this wood is light yellow in its whiteness and orange brown/traced reddish/dark grains in its heartwood. The grain is medium and uniform.
SUGGESTIONS: It’s hard to work with due to its density. You need to be careful with gluing, as it happens with most of all Rosewoods. Finishing is good, getting a natural bright in sanding.
DRYING: Drying time is slow and there’s possibility of cracking due to its density.
USES: Besides using it for fingerboards, it’s also used for sounding boards and xylophones.
Indian Rosewood is one of the most valued and used wood for musical instruments. Except for tops, it’s useful for every part of the guitar.
As it happens with almost all dalbergia, Indian Rosewood has very good acoustic properties, especially in backs. It tends to tone down the sound and make it warmer.
Indian Rosewood backs are a great option due to its straight grain and that’s why they’re easy to work with, with no cracking risks.
Maderas Barber different qualities of this wood, find out how special it is.
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 whiteness color is light yellowish white and the heartwood color 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 color of the wood improves with time.
USES: It has many of them, apart from being used for Fingerboards, it’s also used for sounding boxes, bridges, headplates and some pieces of Hurdy-Gurdy.
Santos Rosewood is very demanded by luthiers nowadays. It’s used as a Rosewood and Bubinga alternative with a singular beauty and perfect acoustic properties to make sounding boards.
Its quality-price relationship is one of the reasons why it’s become so popular lately. Acoustically, it has a brighter and warmer sound than Ebony, without forgetting its percussive attack and great sustain. Its resistance and hardness are other reasons to choose this wood.
Enjoy the mesh of Santos Rosewood backgrounds for acoustic guitar beauty, available in Maderas Barber, always of the best quality.
BOTANICAL NAME: Machaerium scleroxylon
DESCRIPTION: 940 kg/m3 density wood of different tonalities. The whiteness has a light yellow color 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.
The Purple Heart guitars are special instruments. This is a unique wood that has an intense violet color that no other wood offers.
And if that was not enough, acoustically, the Purple Heart makes a bright tone very similar to that of the hard Maple, but warmer. The maximums are a little restricted due to the wood oil content.
Its hardness and density, make it a little complicated to work with, but the result will make it worthwhile. Choose the Purple Heart backs for your acoustic guitar if you are looking for a unique and different touch, with the best acoustic quality.
BOTANICAL NAME: Peltogyne pubelcens
ORIGIN: Central America
DESCRIPTION: Sapwood color goes from pale pink to white, heartwood color turns into a stronger violet on contact with air.
SUGGESTIONS: The Wood tends to get dark on contact with air, saw is easy, but requires big powerful equipments. Saws become blunt quickly.
DRYING: It can change from slow to regular speed, with some risks of deformations
Acoustic Guitar Red Gum Backs estimated dimension (550x215x4,5mm)x2
African Mahogany is very similar to South American Mahogany, but this one has the advantage of being cheaper and having more availability.
Although is usually meant for necks, it’s so easy to treat and has a so light weight that is great for sounding boards and guitar backs too.
Take in account the acoustic and esthetic qualities of African Mahogany backs for acoustic guitars, Maderas Barber has the biggest quality in market.
BOTANICAL NAME: Khaya ivorensis.
DESCRIPTION: Light color wood with a 490-530 kg/m3 density. Whiteness has a yellowish cream white color and heartwood has a pale pink/pale red color, darkening to dark brown with a gold brightness. Straight medium grain.
SUGGESTIONS: Is an easy to work, glue and finish wood. However, if the grain results to be intertwined, cracking can be a problem. Its wood dust can produce mucosa irritation.
DRYING: Fast drying speed, with some deformation and cracking risks, which can increase in tightened or very intertwined grain woods.
USES: Is a very versatile wood. Apart from necks and heels, it’s also used for sounding boards, sides and electric/acoustic guitar bodies.
The Sapele is an African wood with similar features to the Mahogany, both in the physical and acoustic aspects. In fact, it is considered as the most affordable alternative and it is appreciated for having a brighter sound when it has a higher density.
This wood presents a good finish, a colorful aesthetic and it projects the sound very well in the soundboard. In addition, we should not forget that this is a very sustainable wood, which has made it a very demanded wood by the luthiers. Acoustically, the Sapele enhances the middle tones and has one similar to the Hard Maple, with the advantage of being warmer.
Its great availability, allows it to offer a great relationship between quality-price. Do not miss the competitiveness and balance of Sapele's backs for acoustic guitar available in Maderas Barber
BOTANICAL NAME: Entandrophragma cylindricum Sprague
COMMERCIAL NAMES: Spele, Abebay
ORIGIN: Central Africa
DESCRIPTION:650 Kg/m3 density. The Sapwood color goes from pale grey to cream and the heartwood goes from pink, fresh cut, to brown red. The grain is intertwined and changes from thin to medium.
SUGGESTIONS: Saw is easy and has no difficulties for hand work. The main defect is the possible presence of barley seeds.
DRYING: Regular drying speed, with important risk of deformation.
USES: Plywood boards, furniture and cabinetmaking, musical instruments.
The Sycamore is one of the best options if we are looking for a wood with a good density / rigidity ratio. This quality has made it one of the most used woods in acoustic, classical and electric guitars.
This is known wood for having a focused sound, with a quick fall of the note that cuts through a mix. It also has a brilliant acoustic sound, something very admired by the Luthiers.
Thanks to all these advantages, Sycamore backs for acoustic guitar from Barber Maderas are a very good option for your instrument due to its quality and its great performance.
BOTANICAL NAME: Acer pseudoplatanus
COMMERCIAL NAMES: Arce, Plátano falso.
ORIGIN: Central Europe and Middle Asia
DESCRIPTION: 640 Kg/ m3 density. The wood color is white or light yellow. The whiteness wood has no difference from the heartwood. The grain can be straight or waved. The porous is thin.
SUGGESTIONS: The mechanism can present some problems due to the intertwined fibre, it’s better to adjust the angle by 15º. It’s also recommended to dry it in low temperatures chambers.
DRYING: It dries good in the air, but it can suffer from color variations and stains. A fast dry is important for wood to preserve its white tonality.
USES: Decorations, furniture, woodworking and, of course, musical instrument.
The Wenge is a very common wood to make bass and electric guitar necks and fingerboards, in order to replace other more expensive woods such as Rosewood or Ebony. Over time, the optimal acoustic properties of this wood have been discovered, so its use has been extended to other parts of the guitar, as happens with acoustic guitar bacs.
The Wenge is a strong wood, rigid and stable, which provides medium and low tones. Like every hard, heavy and dense woods, if it has a good treatment, the Wenge will provide a more fundamental resonance and a brilliant touch to the sound.
Surprise yourself with the beauty and quality of Wenge's backs for acoustic guitar from Maderas Barber.
BOTANICAL NAME: Milettia leurentii
COMMERCIAL NAMES: Awong, Panga-Panga
ORIGIN: Central Africa
DESCRIPTION: 830 Kg/m3 density. The whiteness wood color is cloudy or light yellow and the heartwood goes from dark brownish to violet black with thin grains. The fibre is straight and the porous are thick.
SUGGESTIONS: It’s highly recommended to use a big powerfulequipment for serrating, utils are quickly blunt. Gluing is tricky due to the presence of resin cells.
DRYING: Drying time is slow, there is a risk for deformations.
USES: Musical instruments, furniture, woodworking.
The Zebrano owes its name to the similarity of its seamed with the Zebra skin. The result is an exotic and striking wood, especially demanded to make instruments that want to be unique and different from the rest.
In addition, its acoustic properties also accompany it. The Zebrano makes a very bright sound with clear and high dynamic tones. Therefore, its tone is very similar to the Hard Maple, but with a slight restriction on the maximum.
The only issue is that it is a rigid wood, so it is a little difficult to work with, but if it is done carefully and correctly, the result will make the process worthwhile. Do not miss the wonderfully balanced sound of Zebrano's backs for acoustic guitar from Maderas Barber.
BOTANICAL NAME: Microberlinia brazzavilensis
COMMERCIAL NAMES: Zingana
ORIGIN: Central Africa
DESCRIPTION: 790 kg/m3 density. The whiteness wood color is cloudy and the heartwood color is light brownish yellow. The grain is a bit intertwined, but occasionally very pronounced. The grain goes from medium to thick to rough.
SUGGESTIONS: Before finish product application, it’s necessary to apply some kind of coat. Saw is considered easy.
DRYING: It’s ahard to dry wood, drying time is slow. It does presents important risks to deformations and little breaks.
USES: Musical instruments, furniture, woodworking and tool handles.
The Ziricote is among the well-known precious woods. This spectacular and impressive wood, has qualities that give the guitar an elegant and luxurious touch, mainly thanks to the striking contrasts that marked their veins.
However, it is not only known for its aesthetics, since its sound is also very good. It has a similar low damping and a higher tone than the famous Rosewood. In addition, it has a rumbling sound, bright treble and a great variety of harmonics.
Without any doubt, choosing Ziricote's backs for acoustic guitar from Maderas Barber is a correct decision to make your instrument.
BOTANICAL NAME: Cordia dodecandra
COMMERCIAL NAMES: Ziricote
ORIGIN: Central America
DESCRIPTION: 805 kg/m3 density. Heartwood goes from dark brown to light brown, a green or purple tone appears sometimes, with dark intertwined borders of the black growth rings. Ziricote has a very singular look, it’s one of the most beautiful woods in the world, its draw seems like a landscape and some places call it “spider’s web”. The whiteness has a pale-yellow color, it’s sometimes integrated to the design for an aesthetic effect or in order to reduce wastes too.
SUGGESTIONS: Ziricote is easy to work with based on its density. It bends easily, in most of cases, it also sticks without problems (Natural wood oils rarely interfere in the glue process).
DRYING: Drying time is slow, that’s why you have to be careful during the process because deformations and breaks can be appeared.
USES: Furnitures, sheet, heads, musical instruments (electric and acoustic guitars).