African Ebony

African Ebony will add a glittering and vibrant touch to your instrument. Ebony can be the best ally against frictions and stains. One of the most important characteristic is its strength and aesthetic. Ebony is one of the most used wood by the luthiers, it is the ideal material for its surface resistances, the fixing of the fret, stability and appearance. Sound is bright.

In Maderas Barber we have a big range of different Ebony qualities of fingerboards 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.

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