Fingerboards

Approximate Fingerboard measures for Acoustic Guitar: (500x75x9 mm)

Fingerboards wood density is one of the most important properties when choosing one wood or another. It’s essential that our guitar fingerboard has a high density because the acoustic properties of this kind of wood improve the volume of the sound.Hardness is also important in order to delay the wear that is usually notorious in this part of the guitar when holding the string tension and the guitarist hits.

Another fundamental property for fingerboards is a straight and uniform grain: these properties will make it stronger to breaking and more and consistent.

Most used woods by luthiers to fingerboard making has always been ebony and indian rosewood. However, new acoustic wood is discovered to become a notorious alternative due to the good design that they offer. Get to know our large variety of woods that are gaining luthiers and instrument maker’s confidence.

Fingerboards 

Subcategories

  • Finished Fingerboards
  • Bocote

    In the fingerboard’s manufacture, the woods tension and rigidity are very important features. The Bocote is an exotic wood because of its appearance and in its sound.

    Its sound translates into power and warmth. To get the best out from the Bocote, this wood has to be worked with delicacy which is well known by luthiers. Regarding the fingerboards, its thickness should be as thin as possible to achieve its best level.

    Physically, the Bocote has a high density, and therefore a good "sustain" and stability. These reasons make it a good wood to make fingerboards, because it is a part that must present resistance to knocks and rubbing. Get to discover the Bocote backs for acoustic guitar from Maderas Barber.

    BOTANICAL NAME: Cordia eleagnoides.

    COMMERCIAL NAMES: Bocote, Bucote, Cordia, Barcino, Cueramo.

    ORIGIN: Mexico

    DESCRIPTION: Orange reddish brown wood whose density is 950-1200 kg/m3. It is a wood with a medium hardness and a uniform texture. It presents uniform lines, broken by small knots that looks like eyes. The color is yellowish brown with dramatic dark brown-black veins, although it tends to get darker over time. The grain pattern can be very impressive, being a very precious wood for its contrasts. It is heavy and resistant.

    SUGGESTIONS: It is easy to work with and it responds well to gluing. It can be well polished achieving good finishes. It is highly resistant to insects.

    DRYING: This is a slow and delicate process, especially in the branches pieces or in the flatcut.

    USES: It is used in various instruments fingerboards and in the classical and acoustic guitars soundboard, headplates and bridge.

  • Cocobolo (CITES)

    When choosing wood for fingerboards, aesthetics is a very important factor, but not the only one. The wood hardness and resistance, are also decisive qualities to opt for a wood or another, since they directly influence on how the fingerboard stands the guitarist wear, blows or the contact.

    The Cocobolo is a good example of an optimal wood for fingerboards, since it has all these features. On the other hand, this is an oily wood that should be worked in its minimum thickness to make fingerboards.

    In Maderas Barber we have Cocobolo fingerboards for different qualities of acoustic guitars, but always with a dazzling beauty and acoustics.

    COMMERCIAL NAMES: Cocobolo, Cocobola, Grenadilla

    ORIGIN: Nicaragua

    DESCRIPTION: red orange color with black veins wood, that has a density of 990-1250 Kg/m3. It has a light-yellow sapwood, although it may be cream-colored and it has a similar appearance to ivory. It is a wood whose colors are less intense when it is just sanded or cut and it gets darker over the time. Its grain goes from straight to intertwined, it is uniform and the texture is firm and it also has a beautiful natural shine.

    SUGGESTIONS: It may present problems when gluing due to its high oil content. It may need frequent sharpening although it has excellent machining properties and it can be worked well with a blade. It has a high toxicity. The wood is very hard and easy to work, although the tools might need to be sharpened frequently.

    DRYING: The drying process is very slow, with deformations and cracks risk.

    USES: In addition to being used in various instruments fingerboards, it is also used in soundboard and in wind instruments.

  • African Ebony

    African Ebony has been the most used wood in history to make fingerboards for musical instruments. In addition to its acoustic properties, its rigidity and density have been the main reasons why luthiers from around the world have used this wood for years to make guitar fingerboards. Undoubtedly, African Ebony is one of the most wear resistant woods which is produced by the strings tension and by the blows or frictions that this part of the instrument usually receives.

    Maderas Barber is one of the companies with the highest ebony stock in the world, because our sawmill in Africa supplies us with this wood year after year. We are a company committed to the environment and we work towards the wood repopulation in this area.

    We have a wide variety of Ebony fingerboards qualitiy for acoustic guitar to meet our customers demand. Choose this wood if you want the Ebony's resistance in your acoustic guitar and the safety of a good acoustic wood.

    BOTANICAL NAME: Diospyros crassiflora Hiern.

    COMMERCIAL NAMES: African ebony, black ebony.

    ORIGIN: Central and Western Africa.

    DESCRIPTION: It is a black wood with a density of 1030-1050 kg/m3. The color of this wood is lighted in the sapwood and black in the heartwood. Traditionally, it is common to define this species as the one that has the blackest color, although it may have white veins. Ebony fiber is straight; however, it can be interlaced at times. The grain is fine.

    SUGGESTIONS: It cracks easily when there are changes in temperature or relative humidity. It is resistant to fungus and insects. Ease sawing, although the tools will need to be sharpened often. Machining and gluing are complicated because this is a dense and a hard wood. The finish does not present problems. It can produce certain eczemas or skin irritations.

    DRYING: The drying speed varies from normal to slow. If it is small, it dries well but it tends to crack or distort.

    USES: In addition to being used in various instruments fingerboards, it is also used in wind instruments.

  • Madagascar Ebony (CITES)

    The Madagascar Ebony has always been a highly valued wood due to its acoustic properties. This wood adds a bright and a dynamic touch to the instrument sound, and it also has very important qualities to make fingerboards for acoustic guitar.

    The resistance and density of this wood, make the fingerboard a very durable element. Without a doubt, this is a safe bet for your acoustic guitar. At Maderas Barber we have fingerboards made out of high-quality Madagascar Ebony for Acoustic Guitar: discover the extraordinarily neat sound of this wood.

    BOTANICAL NAME: Diospyros perrieri.

    COMMERCIAL NAMES: Madagascar Ebony

    ORIGIN: Madagascar

    DESCRIPTION: Black wood whose density is 1050-1280 kg/m3. This wood has a white or light-yellow color in the sapwood and black in the heartwood, although it may have white grains. The grain is extremely fine, almost invisible.

    SUGGESTIONS: It cracks easily when there are changes in temperature or relative humidity. It is resistant to fungus and insects. It is difficult to work because it is abrasive for the tools and they will need to be sharpened often. Machining and gluing are complicated because this is a dense and a hard wood. The finish does not present problems.

    DRYING: The drying speed varies from normal to slow. If it is small, it dries well but it tends to crack or distort.

    USES: In addition to being used in various instruments fingerboards, it is also used in wind instruments.

  • Macassar Ebony

    The Macassar Ebony is a beautiful wood with similar properties to the African Ebony. However, aesthetically it is different, since the Macassar Ebony straight grains, create a beautiful contrast between a brown and black, which is highly appreciated by luthiers and guitarists.

    In addition, this acoustic wood has a good stability and hardness, properties that are necessaries to make acoustic guitar fingerboards.

    Choose this wood to make your acoustic guitar fingerboard if you want to give your instrument a special and different touch without risking the sound quality.

    BOTANICAL NAME: Diospyros Celebica

    COMMERCIAL NAMES:Macassar Ebony, Striped Ebony and Amara Ebony

    ORIGIN: Asia

    DESCRIPTION: Its density is 1000-1300 kg/m3. The grain fiber can be straight or interlaced and its grain is fine. The sapwood color varies from white to pale gray and its heartwood color is black and depending on the species, it can present light streaks or a marking between the white areas and the black wood, or even a uniform black color.

    SUGGESTIONS: It is recommendable to monitor the humidity of the place where the wood is stored to avoid defects in the wood. It is recommended to work this wood with highly sharp tools.

    DRYING: It dries slowly and it presents high deformations or breaks risks during and after drying.

    USES: Like the Amara Ebony, this wood is mainly used for the harmonic box, but it can also be used in fingerboards.

  • Green Ebony

    Like every other Ebony type, the Green Ebony is a very dense and hard wood, perfect for acoustic guitar fingerboards.

    This wood presents a very singular appearance: it has a light green color and its black grains form figures that doesn’t have any other wood.

    The fingerboard of a guitar must have a strong resistance to withstand the tension of the strings. However, its acoustic properties are also important, something that Ebony always has.

    If you are looking that the fingerboard of your acoustic guitar has a good acoustic and distinction, the Green Ebony is one of the best options. Try its great quality in Maderas Barber.

    BOTANICAL NAME: Diospyros Durionoides

    COMMERCIAL NAMES: Green Ebony

    ORIGIN: Central America

    DESCRIPTION: Its density is 1000-1300 kg/m3. The sapwood is white and the heartwood is black / dark brown with different shades grains even when they are mainly olive green.

    SUGGESTIONS: It is a wood that can produce dermatitis, it is recommended to store at an adequate temperature to prevent breakage.

    DRYING: Tjis wood has an unusual quality: if it breaks before it dries, it is possible that the crack closes again, leaving no trace of any defect.

    USES: It is used mainly to make backs and sides, but due to its properties, it is also used to make fingerboards, bridges and headplates.

  • Blackwood

    The Blackwood is a wood that began to be used in fingerboards as a Indian Rosewood or Ebony, since it has very similar properties. The Blackwood has an optimum hardness and density to make fingerboards and, therefore, provides a neat sound, which is very typical of dense woods.

    Its high hardness and density degree ensure that it is a wood with a high resistance to wear produced by the blows or frictions that this part of the instrument usually gets.

    In short, the Blackwood is an ideal alternative to be considered to make fingerboards for acoustic guitar. Check your quality in Maderas Barber.

    BOTANICAL NAME: Dalbergia melanoxylon.

    COMMERCIAL NAMES:Granadillo, African blackwood, Blackwood.

    ORIGIN: Mozambique, Tanzania.

    DESCRIPTION: It is a very dark wood with a density of 1250-1300 kg/m3. Its sapwood has a white-yellow color and its heartwood has a dark purple brown with striking traces or black grains. It has a fine grain and a straight fiber. The wood has an oily feel.

    SUGGESTIONS: It cracks if it is not well waxed. When sawing, it requires the use of powerful machinery: the saws get dull very quickly. The machining is difficult but the gluing and finishing are fine.

    DRYING: The drying speed is very slow and it presents a little deformation risk, although it tends to crack.

    USES: In addition to being used in various instruments fingerboards, it is also used in wind instruments.

  • Mexican Granadillo

    The Mexican Granadillo is one of the best alternatives that luthiers have to replace the Rosewood. In addition, the Mexican Granadillo has the ideal properties to make acoustic guitar fingerboards: density and resistance to withstand the tension produced by the strings.

    Acoustically, the Mexican Granadillo presents a great tonal quality and reflects a neat sound. All these properties are what are increasing its demand in the musical instruments industry and they make it a wood full of possibilities for the acoustic guitar. Try it on your guitar fingerboard with the options we give you in Maderas Barber.

    BOTANICAL NAME: Dalbergia granadillo

    COMMERCIAL NAMES: Mexican Granadillo

    ORIGIN: Central America

    DESCRIPTION: Its density is 800-1000 kg/m3.

    SUGGESTIONS: It is recommended to store in places without sudden temperature changes, it is recommended to work the wood with very sharp blades.

    DRYING: The drying speed is very slow

    USES: In addition to fingerboards, it is also used to make soundboards, castanets, and marimba keys.

  • 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. 

  • Ovangkol

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

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

    BOTANIC NAME: Guibouthia ehie.

    COMMON NAMES: Ovangkol

    ORIGIN:  Central Africa.

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

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

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

    USES:  Musical instruments. Floors and furniture.

  • American Walnut

    American Walnut is a sustainable and abundant wood that has gained popularity among the guitar makers. It is considered as a tonal wood and its sound response is good.

    Physically, it is a very stable wood and once dry, it is able to withstand the fingerboard tension almost like any other wood of greater density. If we take into account that its price is notably lower than other woods, the American Walnut is a great option to make acoustic guitar fingerboards.

    Discover at Maderas Barber the beauty and stability of this wood: a sustainable, abundant species, easy to work and it has a great tonal response.

    BOTANICAL NAME: Juglans nigra

    COMMERCIAL NAMES: American Black Walnut, American Walnut.

    ORIGIN: United States and Canada.

    DESCRIPTION: It has a density of 550-660 kg/m3. The sapwood color varies from white to yellowish brown and the heartwood color is reddish brown or chocolate-colored. Sometimes they may present violet tonalities.

    SUGGESTIONS: It is recommended to wear a mask when you are working with it because the dust it produces, is very irritating and it causes sneezing and nosebleeds.

    DRYING: It must dry slowly to avoid defects.

    USES: It is used to make fingerboards and soundboads.

  • Amazon Rosewood

    The Amazon Rosewood has good acoustic properties to make fingerboards. It is recognized for its sound, hardness and stability which are very important properties for this part of the instrument, since they make it a very durable and resistant element.

    In addition, it also stands out for the great beauty of its veins, a very appreciated for fingerboards for acoustic guitars, since it is an element that is totally visible in the instrument.

    In Maderas Barber we have fingerboards made out of Amazon Rosewood for high quality acoustic guitars: discover its tonal qualities with our wide variety of stock.

    BOTANICAL NAME: Dalbergia spruceana.

    COMMERCIAL NAMES: Amazon Rosewood

    ORIGIN: Brazil.

    DESCRIPTION: It is a dark brown wood with a density of 1100 kg/m3. Its sapwood has a light-yellow color and its heartwood has a brown orange or reddish color with traces or dark veins. The grain is medium and uniform.

    SUGGESTIONS: It is a hard wood to work because of its density. It is necessary to be careful when gluing like in most Rosewoods. It has a good finish, achieving a natural shine with sanding.

    DRYING: Due to its density, it has a slow drying speed and it presents a breakage risk.

    USES: It is used in fingerboards, sounboards and xylophones.

  • Indian Rosewood

    The Indian Rosewood and the Ebony, are the most used woods in to make fingerboards for acoustic guitar, due to their density and stability.

    The Indian Rosewood tends to makes the sound deeper and it adds a warmer hue than other woods, a feature much appreciated by guitarists and luthiers. To make fingerboards, it is recommended to use this wood with a small thickness. Also, it should be cleaned and lubricated with oil with periodicity to avoid cracks.

    In Maderas Barber we have fingerboards made out of Indian Rosewood for acoustic guitar in different qualities: check the sweetness of this very demanded wood by luthiers from all over the world.

    BOTANICAL NAME: Dalbergia latifolia.

    COMMERCIAL NAMES: Indian Rosewood, Sonokeling

    ORIGIN: India.

    DESCRIPTION: This wood has different tonalities like brown, pink or violet. It has a density of 870-900 kg/m3. Its sapwood color is light yellowish white and its heartwood color might vary from deep violet pink to brownish purple; it gets darker while it dries. It has dark violet grains. The fiber is uneven and the grain is thick.

    SUGGESTIONS: Sawing and machining are complicated, due to its corrugated fiber and the presence of calcareous deposits. However, gluing presents no problems and before applying the finishing products, it is essential to use fillers. Its sawdust and dust are irritating.

    DRYING: The speed of drying is slow, hardly presenting risks of breaks deformations but rajas. The color of the wood improves with drying.

    USES: It can be used to make: fingerboards, soundboards, bridges, headplates and certain parts for the hurdy-gurdy.

  • Madagascar Rosewood (CITES)

    The Madagascar Rosewood looks very much like the acclaimed Brazilian Rosewood, so it is one of the great luthiers bets to make fingerboards, especially because of its sound and its particular beauty.

    It is a demanded acoustic wood to make fingerboards because of its hardness and its touch. On top of that, it is beautiful because of its drawing which is even more appreciated than the Brazilian Rosewood.

    At Maderas Barber we offer fingerboards made out of Madagascar Rosewood for Acoustic Guitar, a quality wood with impressive sound qualities.

    BOTANICAL NAME: Dalbergia baronii

    COMMERCIAL NAMES: Madagascar Rosewood, Palisander

    ORIGIN: Madagascar

    DESCRIPTION: Brown wood with dark grains with a density of 920 kg/m3. Its sapwood color is light yellow and the color of its heartwood varies from yellowish brown to dark orange or reddish brown. Dark grains are common and they form a spider-webbing. The grain normally is straight, with a fine-medium texture.

    SUGGESTIONS: Working with this wood is usually easy, although gluing and finishing should be done carefully due to its oily nature.

    DRYING: It dries slowly and because of the quantity of oil contained in this wood, this process can be interrupted.

    USES: It is used to make fingerboards and soundboards.

  • Snakewood Fingerboard

    BOTANIC NAME: Piratinera Guianensis

    COMMOM NAMES: Snakewood, Amourette.

    ORIGIN:  South America

    DESCRIPTION:  Density 1210 Kg/m3. Reddish brown, with contrasting darker brown or black patches. Colour tends to darken and homogenize with age. Grain is straight, with a fine even texture. High natural luster.

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Snakewood is extremely dense, and has a pronounced blunting effect on cutters. Snakewood also tends to be quite brittle and can splinter easily while being worked. Turns well and finishes to a high polish.

    DRYING: Drying speed is slow. Risk of deformation.

    USES: Inlay, veneer, violin bows, tool handles, and other small turned or specialty objects.

  • Kingwood

    The Kingwood is a very sought-after wood for fingerboards for acoustic guitar. Some of the most important properties to make fingerboards are the hardness and the tension that a wood offers, qualities that the Kingwood has.

    In addition, its aesthetic gives an exotic and different touch to the fingerboards for acoustic guitar which is very appreciated.

    At Maderas Barber we have fingerboards made out of Kingwood for high quality acoustic guitar: choose this wonderful exotic wood if you want your instrument to be different.

    BOTANICAL NAME: Dalbergia cearensis

    COMMERCIAL NAMES: Kingwood

    ORIGIN: Brazil

    DESCRIPTION: Brown wood with violet grains with a density of 1020 kg/m3. Its sapwood color is light yellow and the heartwood color varies from dark violet to reddish brown. The grain normally is straight, although occasionally is intertwined. The texture is fine and uniform, with a great natural shine.

    SUGGESTIONS: Working with this wood is usually difficult due to its high density, as well as gluing. The finish is very good. The finish is very good and responds well to calibrating.

    DRYING: It dries slowly and because of the quantity of oil contained in this wood, this process can be interrupted.

    USES: It is used to make fingerboards, soundboards and guitar bridges.

  • Santos Rosewood

    The Santos Rosewood has become a very demanded wood by guitar manufacturers in the recent years. It is used as a substitute for Rosewood and Bubinga, due to its important physical and aesthetic qualities.

    This wood is an ideal option to make fingerboards for its hardness degree, and because it also offers an excellent price-quality ratio.

    Surprise yourself with the quarter cut of the fingerboards made out of Santos Rosewood for acoustic guitar. Available in Maderas Barber: quality and beauty at the same piece.

    BOTANICAL NAME: Machaerium scleroxylon.

    COMMERCIAL NAMES: Pau Ferro, Morado, Santos Rosewood and Bolivian Rosewood.

    ORIGIN: Brazil.

    DESCRIPTION: This wood has different tonalities and it has a density of 940 kg/m3. Its sapwood color is light yellow and the heartwood color varies from reddish orange to violet brown. The dark grains make a contrast. The grain normally is straight, although sometimes it can be irregular or interlaced. The texture is fine and has a high natural shine.

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

    DRYING: It dries slowly. It hardly presents deformations risks, but it does appear that cracks appear or that existing ones enlarge.

    USES: It is used in fingerboards, soundboards, bridges, headplates, tops, bodies and wind instruments.

  • Purple Heart

    Acoustic Guitar Fingerboards estimated dimensions 500x75x9 mm

     

    BOTANIC NAME: Peltogyne pubelcens.

    COMMON NAMES: Purpleheart, Amaranth.

    ORIGIN: Central America.

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

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

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

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

  • Sycamore

    Sycamore wood has a brilliant acoustic sound and a density / stiffness ratio enviable. Its performance is only overtaken by the Fir but this one is not so rigid, so, the Sycamore is a recommended wood to make acoustic guitar fingerboards. In addition, it is a sustainable wood, abundant and easily accessible, except for the pieces that have a special figurative.

    Get the Sycomoro fingerboards for acoustic guitar from Maderas Barber and discover this great definition and beautiful wood with its particular timbre.

    BOTANICAL NAME: Acer pseudoplatanus.

    COMMERCIAL NAMES:Sycamore Maple and European Sycamore

    ORIGIN: Central Europe and Western Asia.

    DESCRIPTION: Its density is 640 Kg/m3. The wood color is white or light yellow. The sapwood does not differ from the heartwood. The fiber can be straight or uneven. The grain is fine.

    SUGGESTIONS: The machining can present some problems due to the interlaced fiber, and it is advisable to reduce the blades angle to 15º. It is recommended to dry it in a low temperature chambers.

    DRYING: It air dries well, but it can produce color alterations and stains. It is important to dry it quickly to let the wood keeps its white hue.

    USES: It is used to make fingerboards, soundboards and guitar profiles.

  • Sonokeling

    BOTANIC NAME: Dalbergia latifolia

    COMMON NAMES: Sonokeling. East Indian Rosewood.

    ORIGIN: Indonesia.

    DESCRIPTION: Density 820 kg/m3. Heartwood can vary from a golden brown to a deep purplish brown, with darker brown streaks. The wood darkens with age, usually becoming a deep brown. Has a medium texture and fairly small pores. The grain is usually narrowly interlocked.

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

    DRYING: Low drying speed. Risk of deformations and cracks.

    USES: Fingerboards, bridges, headplates and bindings.

  • Wenge

    The Wenge is a very common wood to make electric bass and guitar necks, but it is also used to make fingerboards to replace other more expensive woods such as Rosewood and Ebony.

    The Wenge has perfect properties to make fingerboards, since it has a high hardness degree and resistance that makes it ideal to withstand the tension and the blows that this instrument part receives.

    Acoustically, it produces a sound between the Ebony and the Rosewood: it offers a good tone in the bass and mid-range. Discover at Maderas Barber this wood to make fingerboards for acoustic guitars.

    BOTANICAL NAME: Millettia laurentii.

    COMMERCIAL NAMES: African rosewood, faux ebony, dikela, mibotu, bokonge, and awong.

    ORIGIN: Central Africa.

    DESCRIPTION: Its density is 830 Kg/m3. The sapwood color is whitish or light yellow and the heartwood color varies from dark brown to violet black with fine grains. It has a straight fiber and a thick grain.

    SUGGESTIONS: It is recommended to use high power equipment for sawing, tools are dull very quickly. Gluing is delicate due to the presence of resin cells.

    DRYING: it has a slow drying speed and it presents slight deformation risks

    USES: It is a very versatile wood, since it can be used to make fingerboards, bridges, electric guitar bodies, headplates and soundboards.

  • Ziricote

    The Ziricote is a spectacular wood, very appreciated for its aesthetics and its beauty. This wood recreates a unique way, figures and landscapes.

    Apart from its unique appearance, this wood has great acoustic properties. The Ziricote tone goes from the Indian Rosewood to the Makassar Ebony, with more clarity than the first one and more harmonious than the second one. In addition, its density and hardness make the Ziricote an exceptional wood for the acoustic guitar fingerboard.

    Let yourself be conquered by the beauty of this wood with the Ziricote fingerboard for acoustic guitar from Maderas Barber.

    BOTANICAL NAME: Cordia dodecandra

    COMMERCIAL NAMES: Ziricote

    ORIGIN: Central America.

    DESCRIPTION: Its density is 805 kg/m3. The heartwood varies from dark brown to light brown, sometimes a green or purple hue appears, with dark bands of black growth rings intermixed. The Ziricote has a very unique aspect, since visually it is one of the most beautiful woods in the world, because it has a drawing that simulates a landscape. In some places they call it a spider's web. The pale yellowish sapwood is sometimes incorporated into the design for aesthetic effect, or to reduce waste.

    SUGGESTIONS: The Ziricote is an easy wood to work with, considering its density. The Ziricote bends well, in most cases, you can also stick without problems. Rarely, the natural oils in the wood can interfere with the gluing process).

    DRYING: It dries slowly, so care must be taken during the process because deformation or breakage may appear.

    USES: It is used to make fingerboards and soundboards.