The Macassar Ebony is a beautiful wood with similar properties to the African Ebony. However, aesthetically it is different, since the Macassar Ebony straight grains, create a beautiful contrast between a brown and black, which is highly appreciated by luthiers and guitarists.
In addition, this acoustic wood has a good stability and hardness, properties that are necessaries to make acoustic guitar fingerboards.
Choose this wood to make your acoustic guitar fingerboard if you want to give your instrument a special and different touch without risking the sound quality.
BOTANICAL NAME: Diospyros Celebica
COMMERCIAL NAMES:Macassar Ebony, Striped Ebony and Amara Ebony
DESCRIPTION: Its density is 1000-1300 kg/m3. The grain fiber can be straight or interlaced and its grain is fine. The sapwood color varies from white to pale gray and its heartwood color is black and depending on the species, it can present light streaks or a marking between the white areas and the black wood, or even a uniform black color.
SUGGESTIONS: It is recommendable to monitor the humidity of the place where the wood is stored to avoid defects in the wood. It is recommended to work this wood with highly sharp tools.
DRYING: It dries slowly and it presents high deformations or breaks risks during and after drying.
USES: Like the Amara Ebony, this wood is mainly used for the harmonic box, but it can also be used in fingerboards.