The Bocote an exotic wood, as much as in appearance as in sound. It makes a powerful and warm tone, and due to its high density, it perfectly reflects the sound in the instrument's acoustic box.
This density is what gives the Bocote a great stability, resistance and a good "sustain"; qualities that are very enviable for this part of the guitar. Its shape offers some drawings in different brown tonalities that will delight luthiers and guitarists.
Get to discover the Bocote backs for acoustic guitar from Maderas Barber, a wood the lucky ones who have already worked with it, appreciate very much.
BOTANICAL NAME: Cordia eleagnoides.
DESCRIPTION: 950-1200kg/m3 density Reddish orange-colored 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 color 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, especially 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.