Macassar Ebony is well known for being used in marquetry and cabinetmaking. But now is also used in building musical instruments, due to its high sound and physical qualities.
The perfect and straight grain of this wood match perfectly with brown and black, and it provides an exotic touch, even oriental, to classic guitars. Also, we have to take into account the high acoustic qualities of this kind of wood, very similar to African Ebony.
Thanks to the sound, beauty and hardness of this wood, this sides for classic guitar are an option highly regarded by luthiers.
BOTANIC NAME: Diospyros Celebica
COMMON NAMES: Macassar Ebony , Striped Ebony
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.