Cypress wood is considered soft and light, but resistant at the same time. When you play a guitar made by Cypress, it is comfortable and the sound is brilliant and percussive. That’s why many flamenco artists search this kind of wood for their guitars.
Therefore, Cypress is very used in Flamenco Guitars, but also in classic Guitars, because this wood is very easy to manipulate. In addition, Cypress stands out for its intense and pleasant smell.
If you want to build the well-known “White Guitars”, what you need are cypress sides, also because of its price and its availability. Chose Cypress guitar in the quality you prefer at 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.