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.
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.