Headplates

Approximate Headplates measures for Acoustic Guitar: (220x90x3 mm)

Acoustic guitar headplates are placed by the head board or machine heads areas and they have a similar function to the fingerboard. In many cases, headplates and fingerboards share the same material as it’s important that the density of the wood and the headplate be high due to the wear that it’s produced.

Many luthiers use the head board area to use a headplate with a different aesthetic that provides an exotic touch to the guitar neck. Depending on guitarists preferences, the holes of the headplates have one or another measure, but they always have enough space to the chords to be perfectly tense.

Headplates 

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  • Bocote

    The Bocote is an increasingly demanded wood in the luthier world, for its unique beauty and its great sonority. In addition, it is a wood in which it can be constantly found drawings in different forms like eyes or small circles, which could bring great appeal to the instrument.

    The Bocote offers good sustain, which provides a powerful and warm tone. But most of all, this wood is highly appreciated to make acoustic guitar headplates because of its great stability. Get impressed for the beautiful Bocote shape to make headplates for acoustic guitar from Maderas Barber.

    BOTANICAL NAME: Cordia eleagnoides.

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

    ORIGIN: Mexico.

    DESCRIPTION: It is an orange reddish brown wood whose density is 950-1200 kg/m3. It is a wood that has an intermediate hardness and a uniform texture. It presents uniform lines, broken by small knots that look like eyes. The color is yellowish brown with dramatic dark brown to almost black grains, although it tends to get darker over the time. The grain pattern can be very impressive, which makes it a very precious wood because of its contrasts. It is heavy and resistant.

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

    DRYING: The drying process is slow and delicate, especially in the branches or flatcut.

    USES: It is used to make various instruments fingerboards, soundboards and the acoustic and classic guitars’ bridges and headplates.

  • Cocobolo (CITES)

    The Cocobolo is a wood that surprises everyone who gets to know it, as much for its color variety, ranging from yellow to purple, as for its pattern. It has excellent acoustic qualities: it is a similar wood to the Koa but with a greater resonance in the deep.

    The Cocobolo’s hardness and resistance is what make it a perfect acoustic wood for build guitar headplates. Discover it with the high-quality Cocobolo headplates from Maderas Barber.

    BOTANICAL NAME: Dalbergia retusa.

    COMMERCIAL NAMES: Cocobolo, Cocobola, Granadilla.

    ORIGIN: Nicaragua.

    DESCRIPTION: It is a red orange color with black grains wood whose density is of 990-1250 Kg/m3. Its sapwood is light yellow, although a cream color can appear looking like an ivory. It is a wood whose colors are less intense when it is freshly sanded or cut and get darker over the time. Its grain goes from straight to intertwined, it is uniform and the texture is firm. It also has a beautiful natural shine.

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

    DRYING: The drying process is very slow and it has a risk of deformations and cracks.

    USES: It is used to make various instrument fingerboards, soundboards and wind instruments.

  • African Ebony

    The guitar's headplate is one of the most worn parts of the instrument. Therefore, it is important to choose a high resistance wood like an Ebony. This wood has always been one of the most used to make fingerboards, bridges and headplates.

    In Maderas Barber we have are one of the largest Ebony stock in the world, because our sawmill in Africa supplies us with this wood year after year. This pushes us to commit more with the environment by promoting the wood repopulation in this area.

    BOTANICAL NAME: Diospyros crassiflora Hiern.

    COMMERCIAL NAMES: African ebony, black ebony.

    ORIGIN: Central and Western Africa.

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

    SUGGESTIONS: It cracks easily when there are temperature changes or relative humidity. It is resistant to fungi and insects. Its sawing is easy, although the tools will need to be sharpened often. Machining and gluing are complicated because of its density and hardness. The finish does not present problems. It can produce certain eczemas or skin irritations.

    DRYING: The drying speed varies from normal to slow. It dries well in small sizes and it tends to crack or distort.

    USES: It is used to make various instruments’ fingerboards and wind instruments.

  • Amara Ebony

    The Amara Ebony is an exotic and interesting option to make headplates for instruments. This wood has a very high density, so it is highly recommended for the headplates, since it stands quite well the wear they suffer.

    Aesthetically, it is a beautiful wood because of the mixture of its reddish, greenish and black colors.

    Discover one of the Ebony Asian varieties of with the Amara Ebony headplates for acoustic guitar from Maderas Barber.

    BOTANICAL NAME: Diospyros Malabarica.

    COMMERCIAL NAMES: Amara Ebony.

    ORIGIN: Asia.

    DESCRIPTION: Its density is 1100-1300 kg/m3. The sapwood has tones that go from the white to reddish-brown color. It has a dark heartwood with different black tones, with some bright grains and greenish tones. Compared to the Makassar Ebony color, this one is opaquer and less bright.

    SUGGESTIONS: It is slightly easier to work than the Makassar Ebony, in spite of that, its durability makes it necessary to use high strength equipment with perfect sharpening.

    DRYING: Drying should be done slowly to avoid breakage and deformities.

    USES: It is used mainly for the harmonic box, both for sides and backs, due to its acoustic properties.

  • African Exotic Ebony

    The Exotic Ebony is a booming wood. Its acoustic properties are very similar to the Ebony ones. The main difference is in the aesthetics, since the Exotic Ebony offers a much more suggestive visual design, since its drawing is not homogeneous and it offers a very striking and special appearance due to the combination of its white grains that intertwine with the characteristic black color of this wood.

    In addition, like the Ebony, this wood is characterized by its hardness, its resistance and its stability and its wonderful sound qualities that give to the guitar a bright and dynamic touch.

    For all this, the Exotic Ebony is one of the most recommended woods to make headplates. So do not hesitate and get the Exotic Ebony headplates to make an acoustic guitar and get to discover one of the great Maderas Barber bets.

    BOTANICAL NAME: Diospyros crassiflora Hiern.

    COMMERCIAL NAMES: Exotic African Ebony, Exotic Black Ebony.

    ORIGIN: Central and Western Africa.

    DESCRIPTION: It is a black wood whose density is 1030-1050 kg/m3. The sapwood color of this wood is lighted and the heartwood is black. This wood presents a great color variety which provides beautiful pieces. Ebony fiber is fine and straight; however, it can be intertwined at times.

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

    DRYING: The drying speed varies from normal to slow. Small pieces dry well and they tend to crack or distort.

    USES: It is used to make various instrument fingerboards and to make wind instruments.

  • Macassar Ebony

    The Macassar Ebony is a beautiful wood, with similar properties to The African Ebony. Its straight grains that combine brown and black are the reasons for which many luthiers have chosen this wood to give an exotic touch to their guitar headplate.

    Due to its density, the Macassar Ebony is a wood with very little wear and tear, making it the perfect choice to make acoustic guitar headplates. At Maderas Barber we bet on the Macassar Ebony quality and beauty: discover its properties with our acoustic guitar headplates.

    BOTANICAL NAME: Diospyros Celebica

    COMMERCIAL NAMES: Ebony of Asia, Ebony of Ceylon.

    ORIGIN: Asia.

    DESCRIPTION: Its density is 1000-1300 kg/m3. The grain is fine and it can be straight or intertwined. The sapwood color varies from white to pale gray, the heartwood is black and depending on the species, it can present clear grains or a mark between the white and black wood areas, or a uniform black color.

    SUGGESTIONS: It is recommended to control the humidity of the place where it is stored to avoid defects in the wood. It is also suggested to work the wood with highly sharped tools.

    DRYING: The drying speed is slow and it presents high deformations or breaks risks that occur during and after drying.

    USES: Like the Amara Ebony, it is mainly used to make harmonic boxes, but it can also be used to make fingerboards.

  • Green Ebony

    Like it happens with the other Ebony varieties, the Green Ebony is a very dense and hard wood, and therefore, it has an optimal resistance to make acoustic guitar headplates. In addition, it is an exotic and special wood with greenish tones that make luthiers and guitarists fall in love with it.

    Choose the sound and aesthetic properties of this wonder of nature available in Maderas Barber and distinguish your instrument with these Green Ebony headplates for acoustic guitar.

    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.

  • Mexican Granadillo

    The Mexican Granadillo is one of the best alternatives to replace the Rosewood used in acoustic guitars. Many guitar manufacturers use the same wood to make the fingerboard, the headplate and the bridge, and the Mexican Granadillo is a wood that has a high density and thus, it is ideal to make these three parts of the guitar. These guitar pieces usually suffer a high wear due to the blows they can receive and the strings tension that they support.

    In Maderas Barber we have a great quality of Mexican Granadillo. Discover it with these Mexican Granadillo for acoustic guitar.

    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.

  • American Walnut

    American Walnut is a sustainable and abundant wood that has gained popularity among the guitar makers. It is a very stable wood and, once dry, it is able to resist the wear of the strings and rubbing almost like any wood of greater density.

    In addition, its high availability makes the price to be way lower than other woods. Discover in Barber Woods this wood beauty, which is easy to work, is very resistant, and perfect to use to make acoustic guitar headplates.

    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

    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

    The Indian Rosewood is one of the most used woods to make almost every part of the acoustic guitar. Its density, ease of working and gluing, and its good sound projection when the strings vibrate in the guitar nut, make it a very good option to make acoustic guitar headplates.

    At Maderas Barber, we offer Indian Rosewood headplates for classical guitar: fall in love with this wood quality and sweetness.

    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.

  • Palo Santo Madagascar (CITES)

    Madagascar Rosewood is the most similar wood to Brazilian Rosewood, both highly protected and controlled to avoid overexploitation. The headplates are glued in the neck end part, so it is important that the wood has good gluing properties. The Madagascar Rosewood is a wood that has these features, and it also offers great visual beauty with bright colors.

    In Maderas Barber we have Madagascar Rosewood headplates to make high quality acoustic guitar: discover its wonderful sound and physical qualities.

    BOTANICAL NAME: Dalbergia baronii.

    COMMERCIAL NAMES: Madagascar Rosewood, Palisander.

    ORIGIN: Madagascar.

    DESCRIPTION: It is a brown wood with dark grains whose density is 920 kg/m3. The sapwood color is light yellow and it varies from yellowish brown to dark orange or reddish brown in the heartwood. Dark grains are common, and sometimes they form a figure known as "spider-webbing" or spider web. The grain is normally straight, with a fine-medium texture.

    SUGGESTIONS: Working with this wood is usually easy, although care must be taken with the gluing and finishing, due to its oily nature.

    DRYING: It dries slow and the oil contained in this wood can interrupt the process.

    USES: It is used to make fingerboards and soundboards.

  • Kingwood

    Kingwood is a very used wood to make acoustic guitar headplates. This wood behaves very well in this part of the instrument because it has a high hardness degree and, therefore, it has a good resistance to wear. The Kingwood complements these two properties very well to make headplates.

    In addition, its exotic aesthetics gives a special touch to the instrument providing it a special purple color. In Maderas Barber we have Kingwood headplates to make high quality acoustic guitar: discover this wonderful exotic wood.

    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 is a very demanded wood in the recent years from guitar manufacturers. It is a wood that can be used in many parts of the guitar due to its multiple qualities. The Santos rosewood is an excellent option to make headplates due to its good resistance to wear and because it reflects perfectly the sound.

    In addition, it is a wood that also stands out because of its grain design beauty, something that will give an elegant and unique touch to each instrument.

    With a very good quality-price ratio, the Santos Rosewood headplates for acoustic guitar is a great option for your new instrument.

    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.

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  • Sycamore

    The Sycamore is considered a wood with an excellent relation between density and rigidity. It has a brilliant sound, and its performance can only be surpassed by the Fir, although it has a greater rigidity than this one.

    In addition, its sustainability and access ease are other reasons why the Sycamore is an admired wood by luthiers, manufacturers and guitarists. Choosing Sycamore headplates is a safe bet for your acoustic guitar. Its beauty and its timbre will not disappoint you.

    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.

  • Wengue

    Wenge wood needs a good treatment to make instruments, but if it is done carefully and in the right way, the result can be surprising. This wood is admired because of its firmness and hardness, qualities that are very necessary to make acoustic guitar headplates.

    In addition, it has a wonderful aesthetic, similar to the Granadillo. Wenge has a good mean and deep sounds that goes from Ebony to Rosewood.

    In Maderas Barber we offer you the best Wenge headplates for acoustic guitar, a hard, heavy and dense wood with incredible aesthetics and acoustics properties.

    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 one of the most spectacular woods in the Luthier world. It has an incredible aesthetic and a spectacular sound.

    Visually, the Ziricote recreates figures and very special landscapes on its surface that few woods have. Acoustically, its tone goes between the Indian Rosewood and the Macassar Ebony. However, it has a lighter sound than the last wood, which results in a very balanced tone.

    To use in acoustic guitar headplates, this wood is ideal because of its density and hardness, which makes it a great ally due the wear that this part of the guitar has to withstand.

    Do not miss the opportunity to discover the Ziricote headplates sound and visual quality for acoustic guitar offered in 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.

  • 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.