Approximate Sides measures for Acoustic Guitar: (825x125x4 mm) x2

When making a guitar everything has an influence. The idea that the top is the only element of the acoustic guitar that influences the sound is wrong. Each wood has its properties and the result can be very different according to the wood that we choose for each part of the instrument. The choice of the sides is decisive in the final result too.

Sides made with a high density wood will get to reflect the best sound of the instrument. Apart from density, thickness and height of the sides do also have an influence. Each luthier or maker uses different measures. The ticker the rings is the rigid it gets, and the less energy will be lost from the acoustic top. On the other hand, if this element of the acoustic guitar gets thinner, the resonance increases and the sound gets faster. Minor thickness sides vibrate more so the sound will become closer to flamenco and with a bigger attack.

At Maderas Barber we want to offer exactly what you are looking for. That’s why we have a large gamut of woods for acoustic guitar sides.



  • Finished Sides
  • 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 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

    The main difference between the Exotic Maple and other kind of maples is the appearance of its growth rings. Its crown cut net shows different patterns that seem like knots and sinuous shapes, this feature makes it desired by luthiers and big manufacturers.

    Its rings molding is the only inconvenient of its particular grain. However, results will be amazing and of a great quality with a careful work.

    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 colour of this wood is white or light yellow, but the spawood 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 util’s blunt is a common issue. It shows a good response when bending with the vapour. 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 colour 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.

  • Birdseye Maple

    This Wood is very appreciated by luthiers for an important reason: it mixes perfectly quality and beauty.

    The figures that are created naturally in this wood imitating eye forms are the result of a possible genetical illness of the tree, which origin is yet unknown. Its quality belongs to the Maple’s family, but it has to be taken into account that the particular structure of its grain makes it less stable than other Maples.

    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 colour is white with a bit of a red in the sapwood and the duramen has a pale red brown. Fibre 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: Hard to saw, 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.

  • Curly Maple

    This wood has been used for the acoustic guitar sides by the most important guitar makers due to its beautiful flamed. Its peculiar aesthetic has served to create acoustic guitars and electric basses of a great beauty.

    The clean sound that Curly Maple produces and the fact that it’s easy to mold thanks to its thickness, make it one of the best option for acoustic guitar sides. At Maderas Barber, you can find it in different qualities for luthiers and guitar makers to find that one which adapts the best.

    BOTANICAL NAME: Arcer pseudoplatanus

    COMMERCIAL NAMES: Curly Maple, Flamed Maple, Maple, Fake Platanus, Arce fico.

    ORIGIN: Middle and East Europe

    DESCRIPTION: 610 – 680 kg/m3 density white wood. The colour 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 util’s blunt is a common issue. It shows a good response when bending with the vapour. 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 colour 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

  • 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 Acoustic Guitar, exotic Sides for different and unique tastes.

    The Limba is a timber known as a "deluxe Mahogany", because its sound is highly similar to Mahogany, but with a sweeter range of media sounds and with a much greater response. The Limba is a warm, resonant and balanced wood. It also produces great clarity, definition and sustain.

    As an anecdote, some of the most popular guitars in history are made of this wood, a very hard and stable wood. For example, Fender has chosen Limba to give a breath of fresh air to its timeless Telecaster. Furthermore, the Limba was also used to make guitars as Gibson Explorer and Flying V.

    Complete your instrument with Black Limba Sides for Acoustic Guitar.


    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 Acoustic and Classic Guitars, it is also used in Necks and Bodies for Electric Guitars.

  • Bloodwood

    Bloodwood has the deepest red colour, which makes it in a very special wood, very requested by those who search a unique and attractive instrument.

    Its grain is very narrow, almost like Ebony grain. Acoustically, it has all the necessary requirements to be considered as a high quality acoustic wood.

    The availability of this wood can change: There are not many Bloodwood plantations and they are all under strict forest regulations.

    Discover the elegant red passion touch this wood brings to your acoustic guitar with these high quality sides we offer at Maderas Barber.

    BOTANICAL NAME: Brosimum rubescens.

    ORIGIN: Tropical South America

    DESCRIPTION: Red colour wood, 1050 kg/m3 density. The heartwood has a vivid red colour that can change to brown red if it’s exposed to the sun. The sapwood has a pale yellow colour. 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.

  • Bocote

    Bocote is considered as an exotic wood due to its sound an appearance. Acoustically, it stands out for a powerful and warm sound, but it’s also recognized for having a special beauty.

    It also presents a high density and stability, a good sustain and a great ability to reflect the instrument sound. This last feature makes it perfect for acoustic guitar sides.

    Maderas Barber offers the best quality for Bocote acoustic guitar sides, a not so much known wood that wins everybody’s heart once they have worked with it.

    BOTANICAL NAME: Cordia eleagnoides.

    DESCRIPTION: 950-1200kg/m3 density Reddish orange-coloured 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 colour 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, specially 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.

  • Brazilian Lacewood

    Brazilian Lacewood is one of the most special woods, both for its sound and appearance. Its growth rings present a very similar draw to some reptiles skin or lace fabric. But it’s also important to know that its precious forms and shapes mean that it’s hard to work with as well as making the rings bending. Besides, it’s a very porous wood that needs a filler products when working with it. So if you are an exotic lover, choosing this wood for the guitar sides is always a win, if you treat them carefully.

    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 colour 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.

  • Bubinga

    Bubinga is an enormously loved wood for its hardness and thin texture. However, this distinctive feature makes it more difficult to work with. Its intertwined grain can make sides quite hard to bend, but the result is worth the effort.

    This wood is original from Africa, it has a terrific rich sound full of warm uniform tones and it physically reminds to Tulipwood. It got popular thanks to a good price-quality relationship and made it also requested for acoustic guitar sides making. Find out more at Maderas Barber.

    BOTANICAL NAME: Guibourtia spp.


    ORIGIN: Gabon

    DESCRIPTION: Reddish colour wood with a 700-910 kg/m3 density. Its sapwood 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 colour and some other more wide, diffuse grains of a brown colour. 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 (CITES)

    Mahogany is one of the most used woods for guitar making in history. The ideal medium tone and the capacity to adapt to the guitarist needs are the reasons why it got popular.

    Besides, it’s really easy to treat, with a sufficient rigidity level for sides making. One of the most common combinations for acoustic guitars is to combine a Mahogany body with a Maple top.

    If your priority is to get an adaptable guitar for any situation, Mahogany is a safe bet. Get to know its adaptability and good price options for acoustic guitar sides at Maderas Barber

    BOTANICAL NAME: Swietenia macrophylla.

    ORIGIN: Brasil

    DESCRIPTION: Brown-reddish colour wood with a 490-530 kg/m3 density. The colour of this wood is whitish or yellowish white in its sapwood 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.

  • Victory Island Cypress

    This yet not so much known wood produces a light and articulated tone and gives a good sustain to the luthier that works with it. It’s a stable and resistant wood with little chances to break or deform.


    Acoustically, Victory Island Cypress has very similar qualities to guitar tops. Besides, it offers a very good price-quality relationship: find more at Maderas Barber.

    BOTANICAL NAME: Cupressus nootkaterisis

    ORIGIN: Canada

    DESCRIPTION: Yellow wood with a 430-530 kg/m3 density. The colour of this wood is almost white or cream white in the sapwood and light or light yellow in the heartwood, which can get dark in the air or light. The grain is straight and changes from thin to medium size.

    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.

  • Cocobolo (CITES)

    Cocobolo is a great option to make acoustic guitar sides. This wood has some acoustic well- known properties and it also offers an infinite diversity of patterns. Its singularity makes it impossible to find two equal Cocobolo woods. Discover the great beauty of these acoustic guitar sides here at Maderas Barber, where we also offer a wide range of qualities with the same beauty and singularity of Cocobolo.

    BOTANICAL NAME: Dalbergia retusa.

    COMMERCIAL NAME:Cocobolo, Cocobola, Granadilla

    ORIGIN: Nicaragua

    DESCRIPTION: Red orange wood with black grains with a 990-1250 Kg/m3 density. The sapwood has a light yellow colour, but it can also appear with a cream colour and has a similarity with ivory. Its colours 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.

  • Curupay

    Discover the exclusivity of this Curupay sides for acoustic 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.
  • Dorado
  • Amara Ebony

    Amara Ebony wood has a high density, so it’s very used for acoustic guitar backs and sides. This property gives a deeper sound and a higher volume.

    This is one of the African Ebony Asian type, they share lots of acoustic attributes. So esthetics are the main difference since its growth rings are less uniform than the African variety.

    Maderas Barber has high quality Amara Ebony sides for acoustic guitar: discover this exotic wood and it precious tones.

    BOTANICAL NAME: Diospyros Malabarica

    ORIGIN: Asia

    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 African Ebony

    The impressive Exotic Ebony adds a bright and dynamic touch to the instrument sound, apart from being the best ally to scratches and stains. This wood has more and more followers each day, equipped with excellent acoustic properties and such a singular pattern that makes it different from every wood we know. Its pattern mixes the ebony homogeneity with white draws, getting a black and white contrast that no other wood can offer. Exotic Ebony is a more than suggested option to make your acoustic guitar sides. Maderas Barber knows how special this wood is, that’s why we have a wide quality variety of Exotic Ebony sides and a large stock to cover its high demand.

    BOTANICAL NAME: Diospyros crassiflora Hiern.

    ORIGIN: West and Central Africa

    DESCRIPTION: Black colour wood with a 1030-1050 kg/m3 density. Colours are light in the sapwood and black in the heartwood. This kind presents more variety colours 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.

  • Macassar Ebony

    The Macassar Ebony is a very used wood in woodworking and marquetry for high-end series due to its amazing beauty. As time passes, luthiers have known that it also has great acoustic properties which make it a good option for instruments making.

    Its beautiful grains mix brown and black and give an exotic touch, even oriental, to acoustic guitars. It has some hardness, perfect for guitar sides making.

    Discover the elegant and validity of these Macassar Ebony sides at Maderas Barber. 

    BOTANICAL NAME: Diospyros Celebica

    ORIGIN: Asia

    DESCRIPTION:1000-1300kg/m3 density. The grain is thin and it also can be straight or intertwined. The sapwood colour changes from white to pale grey, the heartwood colour is black and depending on the specimen it can have light grains or a contrast between almost white areas and the black wood, or a uniform black colour.

    SUGGESTIONS: It’s very important to watch the place humidity where it’s stored to not cause wood imperfections. It is also recommended to work the wood with very sharp tools.

    DRYING: Drying speed is slow, there’re high risks of deformations or cracking during and after the drying process.

    USES: Similar to the Amara Ebony, it’s usually used for the sounding board, but it can also be used for fingerboards.

  • Green Ebony

    As it happens with all Ebony types, Green Ebony is a high density wood type so it has a great ability to reflect the acoustic box sound as just a few wood are able to do.

    This wood also offers a particular beauty with green olive tones that makes any instrument special. Maderas Barber bets for those gorgeous woods who offer great quality sound too, that’s the reason we offer you these Green Ebony sides for quality acoustic guitars.

    BOTANICAL NAME: Diospyros Durionoides


    ORIGIN: Central America

    DESCRIPTION:1000-1300kg/m3 density. The sapwood colour is white and the heartwood is black/dark brown with different shades of colours, 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.

  • Curly Eucalyptus

    This isn’t one of the most used wood for musical instruments, but it’s wining supporters as time goes by.

    The Curly Eucaliptus has a high mechanic resistance, elasticity and hardness, not forgetting its magnificent grain. However, it has to be carefully treated, so it’s hard to dry and tends to deformation.

    The result, if carefully treated, is high quality due to its acoustic attributes are perfect for acoustic guitar sides.

    BOTANICAL NAME: Eucalyptus globulus

    COMMERCIAL NAMES: White Eucalyptus

    ORIGIN: Tasmania

    DESCRIPTION:740-830 kg/m3 density. The colour of the sapwood is greyish white or pale cream and the heartwood goes from cinnamon-colour 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

  • Ash

    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 stands out for two reasons: on one side, it reflects a very fresh and special sound, on the other side, it has a really good tolerance to fungus attacks that harm the wood due to it has a high natural durability.

    Besides, it’s very valued for its brown tones.

    Its stability and acoustic properties makes Mexican Granadillo a great option for acoustic guitar sides: discover the quality of this wood at Maderas Barber.

    BOTANICAL NAME: Dalbergia granadillo

    ORIGIN: Central America

    DESCRIPTION:800-1000kg/m3 density

    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.

  • Spalted Beech

    Beech is a wood known for its use in furniture, floors and even for boats; in recent years, its use has been spread to the manufacture of musical instruments. It is a wood that is easily worked and has good acoustic properties. In addition, spalted enhances the beauty of this light-coloured wood with irregular grey and black grains that intertwine. The Spalted Beech is a good choice to build the guitar because is a wood with a good sound and its unique drawing will help to achieve a unique and special design in the instrument.

    • Botanical Name: Fagus Sylvatica
    • Commercial Name: Beech
    • Origin: Europe
    • Density: 710 Kg/m3
    • Description: It hasblack grains due to the fungus that penetrates the wet wood but this process is interrupted once the wood is dried. Ideal for lathe and knife handles.
  • Katalox

    The Katalox is a beautiful wood with a high hardness and a tight and dense grain, so the results when polishing it are very beautiful. This characteristic makes it a wood that is also widely used in lathe or decorative projects. In addition, its hardness provides a long durability and it hardly suffers from wear and tear when used for fingerboards and guitar bodies. Its tonal response is very harmonic, similar to that of African Blackwood.

    BOTANIC NAME: Swartzia cubensis

    COMERCIAL NAME: Katalox, Mexican Royal Ebony

    ORIGIN: Central America and northern South America

    DESCRIPTION: Density 1150kg/m3. Heartwood is dark reddish brown to nearly black, sometimes with a strong purple hue.

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Is considered difficult to work on account of its hardness, especially when brushing.  Gluing can be problematic due to the natural oils of the wood. The use of Titebond III ultimate waterproof is recommended. We recommend the use of respiratory protection when working.

    DRYING: The drying speed varies from normal to slow, drying well on small sizes and presenting a tendency to crack or bend.

    USES: Musical instruments, interior carpentry, joinery.

  • Laurel

    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

    ORIGIN: India

    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. 

  • Macacauba

    BOTANICAL NAME: Platymiscium spp

    ORIGIN: Central and South America

    DESCRIPTION: 950 kg/m3 density. The heartwood colour 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.

  • Ovangkol

    Ovangkol is a wood that’s been used to get an attractive finish as well as a traditional and powerful acoustics for years. This wood offers great high notes like the Maple does, with deep and warm lows like the Idian Rosewood. Besides, it’s rich in harmonics.

    This wood is easy to work with, economical and vert beautiful, not forgetting that is a sustainable alternative if we compare it with some other more popular specimens.

    BOTANICAL NAME: Guibortia ehie


    ORIGIN: Central Africa

    DESCRIPTION:780-825 kg/m3 density. The sapwood colour 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

    This Wood is getting popular among luthiers and important guitar makers for its beauty and tonal response, it’s also easy to work with.

    It’s also an abundant and sustainable wood, so it’s a good quality-to-price option.

    Talking about its physical properties, American Walnut offers a good combination between stability, resistance and hardness: great qualities for acoustic guitar sides making.

    BOTANICAL NAME: Juglans nigra


    ORIGIN: United States and Canada

    DESCRIPTION:550-660 kg/m3 density. The sapwood colour 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.

  • European Walnut

    European Walnut has been traditionally used for classic guitars, but now it has also extended to acoustic guitars.

    This wood has a great beauty in every sense and it is considered as a light-heavyweight wood,but not so tough as Maple. It’s an ideal wood for making acoustic guitar rings because is easy to mold and has a beautiful natural finish in a very attractive brown colour gamut.

    Its sound, between Mahogany and Maple, offers magnificent high notes, clear mids and lows and a substance sound. Give that elegant and restrained touch to your acoustic guitar thanks to these European Walnut sides that you can find at Maderas Barber.

    BOTANICAL NAME: Junglans regia

    COMMERCIAL NAMES: European Walnut

    ORIGIN: South East Europe

    DESCRIPTION: The wood colour 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.

  • Padouk

    Padouk is specially known for its durability, stability and easy treatment. These properties make it in a perfect ally to acoustic guitar rings making.

    Its appearance makes it very original because it has an intense red colour of the heartwood. It also has great acoustic properties: it produces a clean and clear sound due to its medium density.

    Maderas Baber’s Padouk rings for acoustic guitar have a really good quality and they are perfect if you want your instrument to be unique and to produce an intense sound.

    BOTANICAL NAME: Pterocarpus Tinctorius

    COMMERCIAL NAMES: Padauk, Camwood

    ORIGIN: Gabon

    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

    Amazon Rosewood is the closest variety to the praised Palo Santo de Río,a very protected wood by international laws in order to keep its exitance alive.

    One of the most important characteristic of Amazon Rosewood sides is its high capacity to reflect the sound, an essential feature for this part of the instrument. Its aesthetic is another plus point.

    Maderas Barber has great quality Amazon Rosewood sides: discover the excellent tone qualities and elegance that this wood has offer to your instrument.

    BOTANICAL NAME: Dalbergia spruceana.

    COMMERCIAL NAMES:Palo Santo Amazonas, Jacaranda de Amazonas, Palisandro de Amazonas.

    ORIGIN: Brazil.

    DESCRIPTION: Dark Brown Wood with a 1100 kg/ m3 density. The colour of this wood is light yellow in its sapwood 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

    Indian Rosewood is one of the most appreciated wood for instrument making. This wood is used for every part of the instrument except tops. Indian Rosewood is a great option for sides due to its straight grain and its easy molding, the reason is that it has less risk of breaking than other woods.

    This wood tends to darken the sound and bring a warmer touch. Its tonal features and its obvious admirable aesthetics are the reasons why is so prized.

    Maderas Barber bets for this kind of acoustic wood for acoustic guitar making, so we offer Indian Rosewood sides in different qualities.

    BOTANICAL NAME: Dalbergia latifolia.

    COMMERCIAL NAMES:Palo Santo de India, Palisandro de India, Palisandro rosa índico.

    ORIGIN: India

    DESCRIPTION: 870-900kg/m3 density wood with brown, pink or violet tonalities. Its sapwood colour is light yellowish white and the heartwood colour goes from violet dark pink to purple brown, it gets darker when drying. It has dark violet grains. Grain is also waved and thick.

    SUGGESTIONS: Saw and machining are complicated due to its waved grain and the presence of scale deposits.

    DRYING: Drying time is slow, nearly without breaking risks, but maybe some cuts. The colour of the wood improves with time.

    USES: It has many of them, apart form being used for Fingerboards, it’s also used for sounding boxes, Bridges, Headplates and some pieces of Hurdy-Gurdy.

  • Santos Rosewood

    Santos Rosewood is an increasingly requested wood by luthiers and big instrument manufacturers, it’s a good alternative to Bubinga and other Rosewoods.

    This wood has a singular beauty apart from some incredible acoustic properties to build the acoustic box of the guitar. Although it has a similar sound to Rosewood, Santos Rosewood provides a more brilliant and warm sound to our instrument, as well as a percussive attack and a great sustain.

    It’s physically a hard and resistant wood that has no need of any special finish to emphasize its beauty. Its good price-quality relationship might also help you to decide.

    Enjoy the beauty of Santos Rosewood sides for Acoustic Guitar available in Maderas Barber.

    BOTANICAL NAME: Machaerium scleroxylon


    ORIGIN: Brasil

    DESCRIPTION: 940 kg/m3 density wood of different tonalities. The whiteness has a light yellow colour and the heartwood can change a lot, going from reddish orange to violet brown. Dark contrasted grain, usually straight, but sometimes it can be irregular or intertwined too. It has a thin texture and a high natural bright.

    SUGGESTIONS: Machining has an average difficulty. It tends to blunt the tools. Good natural finish. High toxicity caused by the wood dust.

    DRYING: Slow drying speed. It hardly presents deformation risks, but maybe a new crack or aggravating the existent ones.

    USES: Apart from being used for fingerboards, it’s also used for sounding boards, bridges, headplates, tops and wind instruments.

  • Purple Heart

    Acoustic guitars made with Purple Heart wood offer an originality different from any other instrument: an intense purple colour that no other wood has.

    Its sound qualities are definitely an advantage too. This wood has a brilliant tone very similar to Hard Maple, but warmer. Physically, Purple Heart is a dense, hard wood, so a little complicated to work with acoustic guitar rings.

    However, choosing this wood for your instrument will give a personal and different touch that few other woods have. Bet for this acoustic Maderas Barber’s Purple Heart rings.

    BOTANICAL NAME: Peltogyne pubelcens

    ORIGIN: Central America

    DESCRIPTION: Sapwood colour goes from pale pink to white, heartwood colour 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.

  • Red Gum

    Acoustic Guitar Red Gum Sides estimated dimension (825x125x4mm)x2

  • African Mahogany

    African Mahogany is a wood mainly used for neck making, but its lightness and its good ability to be treated made it a good option for other parts of the guitar.

    This wood shares a lot of qualities with Mahogany wood. However, African Mahogany is usually more available, which means a more affordable price too. Try this acoustic wood for your acoustic guitar sides: good acoustics, quality and price in the same wood.

    BOTANICAL NAME: Khaya ivorensis.


    ORIGIN: Cameroon

    DESCRIPTION: Light colour wood with a 490-530 kg/m3 density. Sapwood has a yellowish cream white colour and heartwood has a pale pink/pale red colour, 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.

  • Sapele

    Sapele is an African wood very similar to Mahogany, both physically and in timbre qualities, the difference is that Sapele is a cheaper alternative. Besides, this wood also has a higher density and a more brilliant sound.

    This wood presents a good finish, an attractive aesthetic and also projects a good guitar sound, as well as having a good price-quality ratio. It’s a very sustainable wood, which makes it a great option for making our instrument. Sapele highlights mid tones and has a similar tonality to Hard Maple, but warmer.

    Let yourself persuade by the balance of Maderas Barber’ Sapele rings for acoustic guitar.

    BOTANICAL NAME: Entandrophragma cylindricum Sprague

    COMMERCIAL NAMES: Spele, Abebay

    ORIGIN: Central Africa

    DESCRIPTION:650 Kg/m3 density. The Sapwood colour 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.

  • Sycamore

    Sycamore Wood is specially known for having the best relationship between density/rigidity, that’s also why it’s one of the most used for guitars making.

    This wood has a focused, acoustic and brilliant sound, and a quick drop note, which makes it more than a recommended guitar for sides making.

    For all this, Maderas Barber’ Sycomore rings for acoustic guitar are more than a recommended option due to its quality and efficiency.

    BOTANICAL NAME: Acer pseudoplatanus

    COMMERCIAL NAMES: Arce, Plátano falso.

    ORIGIN: Central Europe and Middle Asia

    DESCRIPTION: 640 Kg/ m3 density. The wood colour 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 colour variations and stains. A fast dry is important for wood to preserve its white tonality.

    USES: Decorations, furniture, woodworking and, of course, musical instrument.

  • Wenge

    This wood is increasingly used to make instruments. Although at the beginning it was only used for necks and fingerboards, it’s been more and more required for other parts of the instrument after discovering its excellent acoustic qualities.

    Wenge stands out for its rigidity, hardness and stability. The sound offers pronounced middle tones and warm lows. It also offers a more powerful resonance and a touch of sound brightness when it’s well treated. It gets to reduce the higher tones get in a very similar way to Rosewood.

    All these properties are the reason why Wenge has gained popularity among luthiers. Try its great acoustic quality with these acoustic rings that we are offering at Maderas Barber.

    BOTANICAL NAME: Milettia leurentii

    COMMERCIAL NAMES: Awong, Panga-Panga

    ORIGIN: Central Africa

    DESCRIPTION: 830 Kg/m3 density. The whiteness wood colour 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.

  • Zebrano

    Zebrano owns its name to the similarity to zebra skin. It’s a very exotic wood, very claimed by luthiers to make unique and different guitars.

    Its acoustic properties are excellent too, it has a similar tone to Hard Maple with a slightly restriction in the maximums, a brilliant sound on light middles and dynamic highs.

    It’s a physically very rigid wood, although it presents some difficulty to work with, results make worth the try. A great option to your acoustic guitar rings if you search for a balanced tone and some distinction.

    BOTANICAL NAME: Microberlinia brazzavilensis


    ORIGIN: Central Africa

    DESCRIPTION: 790 kg/m3 density. The whiteness wood colour is cloudy and the heartwood colour 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.

  • Ziricote

    Ziricote is known as one of the “fine woods”, a very prized wood. This is an spectacular wood that gives an elegant and luxury touch to the instrument, also very attractive thanks to the strong contrast of its grains.

    It also has a special sound: Ziricote has a higher tone than Rosewood and a low cushioning, similar to this Dalbergia one. A resounding sound along with brilliant highs and wide variety of harmonics.

    These qualities make our Ziricote rings for acoustic guitars a perfect choice for a unique instrument of a great rich sound.

    BOTANICAL NAME: Cordia dodecandra


    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 colour, 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).