The main difference between the Exotic Maple and other kind of maples is the appearance of its growth rings. Its crown cut net shows different patterns that seem like knots and sinuous shapes, this feature makes it desired by luthiers and big manufacturers.
Its rings molding is the only inconvenient of its particular grain. However, results will be amazing and of a great quality with a careful work.
BOTANICAL NAME:Acer pseudoplatanus
COMMERCIAL NAMES:Curly Maple, Arce flameado, Maple, Plátano falso, Arce fico.
ORIGIN: Middle and East Europe.
DESCRIPTION: White Wood of a 610-680 kg/m3 density. The colour of this wood is white or light yellow, but the spawood has no difference from heartwood.The woody radiuses are visible and they appear in very thin and decorative line shapes. The grain goes from straightness to ruggedness. It’s also thin. The curl is a very appreciated quality for aesthetic reasons.
SUGGESTIONS: Machining can present problems because of the intertwine grain. The util’s blunt is a common issue. It shows a good response when bending with the vapour. Both the gluing and the finish show no inconvenient. Wood is durable to fungus and sensible to termites. It gets dirty easily, it’s recommended not to keep it in humid places.
DRYING: Drying at low temperature chambers is recommended to avoid colour changes and stains. If drying is fast, the wood will keep its white tonality.
USES: A very versatile and requested wood, so it’s used for classic and acoustic guitar’ sounding board, also for Backs, Sides and Necks of Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass, as well as Electric Guitar and Bass Necks and Bodies.