African Exotic Ebony

One of the most important characteristic is its strength and beautiful appearance. Exotic Ebony is the best option for its strength and figured giving to the instrument a wild touch. It is the ideal material for its surface resistances, hardness and exotic looking. Exotic Ebony add to the instrument a brilliant and dynamic touch

In Maderas Barber we have Exotic Ebony headplates for Archtop guitars. Get yours and discover this exclusive wood.


BOTANIC NAME: Diospyros crassiflora hiern.

COMMON NAMES: Exotic African Ebony, Exotic Black Ebony.

ORIGIN: Central and Western Africa.

DESCRIPTION:   Density 1030-1050 Kg/m3. Sapwood is light colour and hardwood is jet-black. We can find on this specie a wide variety of colours. Grain is usually straight but can also be interlocked. Fine even texture with very high natural luster.

RECOMMENDATIONS: Easy sawing but can be difficult to work. Has a dulling effect on cutters. Tear out may occur on pieces that have interlocked or irregular grain. It can crack easily under changes in temperature or because of humidity. Machining and gluing can be complicated due to its high density. Finishes well. Can cause skin problems.

DRYING: Drying process speed can vary from normal to low speed. Tendency to split.

USES: Musical instruments fingerboards. Wind instruments.

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