Indian Rosewood

Indian Rosewood have been the most widely used wood for the Archtop guitar headplates. This wood yields a warm and bass tone and has become the tone wood of choice for most manufacturers. Colour can vary from a golden brown to deep purplish brow, with darker brown streaks. Tens to darken with age.

In Maderas Barber we have Indian Rosewood headplates for Archtop guitars. Find out the sweet-sounding of this wood.

BOTANIC NAME: Dalbergia latifolia.

COMMON NAMES: Indian Rosewood, East Indian Rosewood.

ORIGIN: India.

DESCRIPTION: Density 870-900 kg/m3. Heartwood can vary from a golden brown to a deep purplish brown, with darker brown streaks. The wood darkens with age, usually becoming a deep brown. Has a medium texture and fairly small pores. The grain is usually narrowly interlocked.

RECOMMENDATIONS:  It can be difficult to work with tools because of its interlocked grain and density. The wood can sometimes contain chalky deposits that will rapidly dull cutting edges. Glues and finishes well, though colour from the wood’s natural resins can inadvertently bleed onto surrounding surfaces when applying a finish, so care must be taken on the initial seal coats. Can cause skin irritation



DRYING: Dries slowly. There is no risk of deformation but it can crack. The wood colour improves with the drying.

USES: Guitar tops , backs, fingerboards, bridges, headplates and Zanfoña pieces.

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