Bocote is considered as an exotic wood due to its sound an appearance. Acoustically, it stands out for a powerful and warm sound, but it’s also recognized for having a special beauty.
It also presents a high density and stability, a good sustain and a great ability to reflect the instrument sound. This last feature makes it perfect for acoustic guitar sides.
Maderas Barber offers the best quality for Bocote acoustic guitar sides, a not so much known wood that wins everybody’s heart once they have worked with it.
BOTANICAL NAME: Cordia eleagnoides.
DESCRIPTION: 950-1200kg/m3 density Reddish orange-coloured brown. It’s a medium hard wood with an even texture. Uniform lines too, broken by little knots similar to eyes figures. It has a yellowish brown colour with dramatic dark brown, almost black, grains that tend to get darker with time. The grain pattern can be very impressive, also very appreciated for its contrasts. It’s heavy and tough.
SUGGESTIONS: Easy to work with, good response to gluing. It also has a good polishing, getting good finishing results. It’s highly resistant to insects.
DRYING: Slow and delicate, specially in branched or counter-mesh pieces.
USES: Besides being used for fingerboards of different instruments, it’s also used for the sounding board, the headplate and the acoustic and classic guitar bodies.