African Ebony

African Ebony is a tonewood very treasured by its appearance, most of all, for its dark and powerful color. Its sound proprieties have to be also mentioned, because African Ebony will give to your instrument a surprising, dynamic and brilliant touch.

Regarding to headplates, this tonewood is very wanted thanks to its great resistance to wear, its hardness and for being a magnificent option against spots and marks.

In Maderas Barber, we have African Ebony headplates for classic guitar in different qualities, so you could choose the best option according to your needs.

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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