Headplates

Estimated dimensions for the archtop guitar headplate (220x90x3,5 mm)

 

Headplate support the tuning machines. A secondary purpose of the headplate or also called headstock is identification. Many guitar makers choose to use a distinctive headstock shape often in combination with the name of the model and a trademark logo.

Headplates can be made in Ebony or Indian Rosewood, although in Maderas Barber we offer a big range of woods to the delight of luthiers.

Headplates 

Subcategories

  • Bocote

    Bocote has become very popular among the guitar building for its great beauty, sound and ease of working. It’s not uncommon to see many “eyes and other figuring in the bocote.

    Bocote is hard, heavy and dense wood, strong and stiff with a medium texture, ideal for Archtop guitar headplates. Be amazed by this gorgeous wood from Maderas Barber.

     

    BOTANIC NAME: Cordia eleagnoides

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

    ORIGIN: Mexico

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

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

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

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

  • Cocobolo (CITES)

    Cocobolo is an amazing exotic wood, extremely beautiful ranging in colour from yellow , orange, red and shades of brown stripes with streaks of black or purple.

    Hardness, strength, feeling and beauty, desirable properties for guitar headplates. In Maderas Barber we have gorgeous Cocobolo headplates for Archtop guitar.

    BOTANIC NAME: Dalbergia retusa.

    COMMON NAMES: Cocobolo, Granadilla, Cocobola.

    ORIGIN: Nicaragua.

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

    Notoriously allergenic.

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

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

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

  • African Ebony

    African Ebony headplates will add a glittering and vibrant touch to your instrument. Ebony can be the best ally against frictions and stains. It is demanded for headplates because of its wear resistance, strength and aesthetic.

    Ebony is one of the most used wood by the luthiers. In Maderas Barber we have a big choice of different Ebony qualities of headplates for Archtop guitars.

    BOTANIC NAME: Diospyros crassiflora hiern.

    COMMON NAMES: African Ebony, Black Ebony.

    ORIGIN: Central and Western Africa.

    DESCRIPTION:   Density 1030-1050 Kg/m3. Sapwood is light colour and hardwood is jet-black.

    Occasionally dark brown or greyish-brown streaks may be present. Grain is usually straight but can also be interlocked. Fine even texture with very high natural luster.

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Easy sawing but can be difficult to work due to its extremely high density. Has a dulling effect on cutters. Tear out may occur on pieces that have interlocked or irregular grain. Due to the high oil content found in this wood, it can occasionally cause problems with gluing. Finishes well, and polishes to a high luster. Responds well to steam bending.

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

    USES: Fingerboards. Wind instruments.

  • Amara Ebony

    Amara Ebony headplates are an exotic option for your instrument. It has a high density and beautiful appearance, reddish colours, green and black stripes.

    Discover in Maderas Barber this Asian ebony variety and fall in love with the Amara Ebony headplates for Archtop guitar.

    BOTANIC NAME: Diospyros Celebica

    COMMON NAMES: Amara Ebony

    ORIGIN: Asia.

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

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

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

    USES: Guitar backs and sides.

  • African Exotic Ebony

    One of the most important characteristic is its strength and beautiful appearance. Exotic Ebony is the best option for its strength and figured giving to the instrument a wild touch. It is the ideal material for its surface resistances, hardness and exotic looking. Exotic Ebony add to the instrument a brilliant and dynamic touch

    In Maderas Barber we have Exotic Ebony headplates for Archtop guitars. Get yours and discover this exclusive wood.

     

    BOTANIC NAME: Diospyros crassiflora hiern.

    COMMON NAMES: Exotic African Ebony, Exotic Black Ebony.

    ORIGIN: Central and Western Africa.

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

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

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

    USES: Musical instruments fingerboards. Wind instruments.

  • Makassar Ebony

    Makassar Ebony is a trendy wood. It’s perfect for headplates for its hardness and exuberant aesthetic. The Makassar Ebony gives that exotic touch to your Guitars

    In Maderas Barber we take a chance on this special tone wood. Don’t miss our Makassar Ebony headplates for Archtop guitars.

    BOTANIC NAME: Diospyros Celebica

    COMMON NAMES: Macassar Ebony , Striped Ebony

    ORIGIN: Asia.

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

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

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

    USES: Guitar backs and sides and also fingerboards.

  • Green Ebony

    As well as the other Ebonies, Green Ebony is a very hard and dense wood, ideal for Archtop guitar headplates. Green Ebony is perfect for it with these greenish and different wood.

    Find out in Maderas Barber our Green Ebony headplates for Archtop guitars.

    BOTANIC NAME: Diospyros Durionoides

    COMMON NAMES: Green Ebony

    ORIGIN: Central America.

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

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

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

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

  • Mexican Granadillo

    Mexican Granadillo is one of the best options to substitute the different Rosewoods for Archtop guitar fingerboards and headplates. It is very much appreciated for its hardness and quality tone. Demand for this wood is increasing for the guitar building.

    Find out the beauty and amazing Archtop guitar headplates in Maderas Barber.

    BOTANIC NAME: Platymiscium Yucatanum

    COMMON NAMES: Mexican cocobolo, Zangalicua, Mexican granadillo.

    ORIGIN: Central America

    DESCRIPTION:   Density 800-1000 Kg/m3 .

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

    DRYING: Slow drying speed.

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

  • American Walnut

    It is not as common or as much demanded as the Rosewoods timbers but it has started to gain new followers. It has an even sound, good bass response and clear trebles. Once the wood is dry it is a very stable and resistant wood.

    Discover the beauty of this wood, an easy wood to work with with our American Walnut headplates for Archtop guitar.

    BOTANIC NAME: Juglans nigra

    COMMON NAMES: Black walnut, American Walnut.

    ORIGIN: United States and Canada.

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

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

    DRYING: Drying process must be slow.

    USES: Guitar backs and sides. Fingerboards.

  • Amazon Rosewood

    Amazon Rosewood bears a close resemblance to the Brazilian Rosewood. It is appropriate for the guitar headplates for its sound, hardness and durability. One of the most important characteristic is its strength and aesthetic that’s why Amazon Rosewood is one of the best options for your instrument.

    In Maderas Barber we have high quality Amazon Rosewood Archtop guitar headplates. Find out its tonal characteristic.

     

    BOTANIC NAME: Dalbergia spruceana.

    COMMON NAMES: Amazon Rosewood.

    ORIGIN: Brazil.

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

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

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

    USES: Guitar backs, sides and fingerboards. Xylophones.

  • Indian Rosewood

    Indian Rosewood have been the most widely used wood for the Archtop guitar headplates. This wood yields a warm and bass tone and has become the tone wood of choice for most manufacturers. Colour can vary from a golden brown to deep purplish brow, with darker brown streaks. Tens to darken with age.

    In Maderas Barber we have Indian Rosewood headplates for Archtop guitars. Find out the sweet-sounding of this wood.

    BOTANIC NAME: Dalbergia latifolia.

    COMMON NAMES: Indian Rosewood, East Indian Rosewood.

    ORIGIN: India.

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

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

     

     

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

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

  • Madagascar Rosewood (CITES)

    Madagascar Rosewood bears a close resemblance to the Brazilian Rosewood but it is lighter. It’s being touted as a high grade wood for its sound and beauty of colour. One of the most important characteristic is its hardness, touch and aesthetic that’s why Madagascar Rosewood is one of the best options for your guitar headplates.

    In Maderas Barber we have different qualities of Madagascar Rosewood headplates for Archtop guitars. Find out its sound properties.

    BOTANIC NAME: Dalbergia baronii.

    COMMON NAMES: Madagascar Rosewood, Palisander.

    ORIGIN: Madagascar.

    DESCRIPTION: Density 920 kg/m3. Heartwood generally ranges from a light yellow-brown to a darker orange or reddish brown. Darker black streaks are common, and can produce a grain figure known as “spider-webbing” .Pale yellow sapwood is clearly demarcated from heartwood. Grain is usually straight, with a uniform medium-fine texture.

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Generally easy to work with both hand and machine tools, though depending on the species, it can blunt cutting edges rapidly. Care should be taken in gluing and finishing, due to natural oils in the wood that can disrupt the drying process. Turns and polishes well.

    DRYING: Dries slowly . Natural oils can interrupt the process.

    USES: Guitar tops , backs, fingerboards, bridges, headplates.

  • Kingwood

    Kingwood is very much appreciated for its aesthetic and sound properties. One of the most important characteristic is its hardness, touch and aesthetic. Kingwood headplates will give to your guitar an exotic touch.

    In Maderas Barber we have high quality Kingwood headplates for Archtop guitars. Find out this wonderful and exotic wood. Stiff, stable and hard.

    BOTANIC NAME: Dalbergia cearensis.

    COMMON NAMES: Kingwood.

    ORIGIN: Brazil.

    DESCRIPTION: Density 1020 kg/m3. Heartwood is a dark purplish or reddish brown with darker black streaks. Sapwood is a pale yellow. Grain is usually straight; occasionally interlocked. Fine, uniform texture and a high natural luster.

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Tends to be difficult to work due to its high density. Kingwood has a moderate blunting effect on cutters, and tear out can occur during planning if interlocked grain is present. Can be difficult to glue due to natural oils and high density. Turns very well and takes a high polish.

    DRYING: Dries slowly. Natural oils can interrupt the process.

    USES: Guitar tops, backs, fingerboards and bridges.

  • Santos Rosewood

    Santos Rosewood or Pau Ferro is very much appreciated by the luthiers and has been used as a substitute of the different Rosewoods and Bubinga. One of the most important characteristic is its hardness and aesthetic that’s why Santos Rosewood is one of the best options for your instrument. Excellent quality-ratio price.

    Enjoy the beauty of the Santos Rosewood headplates for Archtop guitars that we have in Maderas Barber. Always premium quality.

    BOTANIC NAME: Machaerium scleroxylon.

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

    ORIGIN: Brazil.

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

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

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

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

  • Sycamore

    Sycamore is high recommended for headplates. Stiff and hard. It is not an endangered species and is easily available. Acoustic sound, dense and stiff wood.

    Get your Sycamore headplates for Archtop guitar at Maderas Barber and find out its particular tone.

    BOTANIC NAME: Acer pseudoplatanus.

    COMMON NAMES: Sycamore, Maple.

    ORIGIN: Central Europe, Eastern Asia.

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

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

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

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

  • Wengue

    Despite of needing to be treated to be used for headplates, if it is done correctly, results are fantastic. Wengue is hard and strong, good properties for the Archtop guitar headplates and similar sound to the Ebony and Rosewood.

    In Maderas Barber we offer you Wengue headplates for Archtop guitars. A dense, hard, and strong wood that will add a brilliant touch to your guitar.

    BOTANIC NAME: Milettia laurentii.

    COMMON NAMES: Wengue, Panga-Panga

    ORIGIN: Central Africa

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

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

    DRYING: Slow drying speed. Low risk of deformations.

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

  • Ziricote

    Amazing wood, very much appreciated for its looking and beauty. This timber is highly coveted not only for its looking but also for its tone. It has a similar tone to the Indian Rosewood and the Makassar Ebony, more clear than Rosewood and more harmonious than the Makassar.

    Ziricote is a dense and hard wood perfect for headplates.

    Discover the quality of the Ziricote headplates for Archtop guitar that we offer you in Maderas Barber

    BOTANIC NAME: Cordia Dodecandra.

    COMMON NAMES: Ziricote

    ORIGIN: Central America.

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

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

    DRYING: Dries slowly. Risk of deformations or cracks.

    USES: Guitar backs and sides, fingerboards.


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