Cocobolo (CITES)

The Cocobolo is a wood that surprises everyone who gets to know it, as much for its color variety, ranging from yellow to purple, as for its pattern. It has excellent acoustic qualities: it is a similar wood to the Koa but with a greater resonance in the deep.

The Cocobolo’s hardness and resistance is what make it a perfect acoustic wood for build guitar headplates. Discover it with the high-quality Cocobolo headplates from Maderas Barber.

BOTANICAL NAME: Dalbergia retusa.

COMMERCIAL NAMES: Cocobolo, Cocobola, Granadilla.

ORIGIN: Nicaragua.

DESCRIPTION: It is a red orange color with black grains wood whose density is of 990-1250 Kg/m3. Its sapwood is light yellow, although a cream color can appear looking like an ivory. It is a wood whose colors are less intense when it is freshly sanded or cut and get darker over the time. Its grain goes from straight to intertwined, it is uniform and the texture is firm. It also has a beautiful natural shine.

SUGGESTIONS: It may present problems during the gluing because of its high oil content. You may need frequent sharpening, although it has excellent machining properties and you can work well with a blade. It has a high toxicity. The wood is very hard and it can be worked easily, although the tools may need to be sharpened frequently.

DRYING: The drying process is very slow and it has a risk of deformations and cracks.

USES: It is used to make various instrument fingerboards, soundboards and wind instruments.

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