Cypress wood is considered by luthiers as a light and soft wood, but also very resistant. Cypress also has a brilliant and percussive sound, qualities very demanded by flamenco artists. That’s why this wood is one of the most treasured ones in Flamenco Guitars, but also in Classic Guitars.
We can’t neither forget that this tonewood is very ease to work with and to get finished, apart from its nice and pleasant smell.
Cypress backs for Classic Guitar are what is needed to build those famous “white guitars”. This wood has also a good availability and as a good value for money as a result, what makes Cypress a wood very complete. Choose your Cypress backs for classic guitar between the wide range of qualities we have in Maderas Barber.
BOTANIC NAME: Cupressus sempervirens.
COMMON NAMES: Cypress, Mediterranean Cypress, Italian Cypress
ORIGIN: Eastern Mediterranean region.
DESCRIPTION: Density 400-600 Kg/m3. Heartwood is a pale yellowish or reddish brown. Narrow sapwood is paler and usually clearly demarcated from the heartwood. Grain is usually straight, though small knots are sometimes present, creating a more irregular grain pattern. Fine, uniform texture with a good natural luster. Cypress has a distinct, fragrant scent.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Sawing is difficult because of the knots. Smooth machining. Glues, stains, and finishes well.
DRYING: Drying process must be careful.
USES: Classic guitar backs and sides. Flamenco guitar backs and sides.