Cocobolo (CITES)

When making guitar bridges, it’s necessary to use resistant woods to support the tension made in this part of the instrument.

Cocobolo is a recommended option, basically because it stands tension and wear. It also has some important acoustic properties: sound transmission and string vibration is optimal. Let yourself impress by its timber, quality and beauty with these Cocobolo bridges for acoustic guitar in Maderas Barber.

BOTANICAL NAME: Dalbergia retusa.

COMMERCIAL NAME:Cocobolo, Cocobola, Granadilla

ORIGIN: Nicaragua

DESCRIPTION: Red orange wood with black grains with a 990-1250 Kg/m3 density. The whiteness has a light yellow colour, but it can also appear with a cream colour and has a similarity with ivory. Its colours are less intense when the wood has been just cut down or sanded and it gets dark with time. The grain goes from straight to intertwined, it’s uniform and has solid texture. It has a natural bright too.

SUGGESTIONS: It can show some gluing problems due to its high oil content. It might need a continuous sharpening, but it offers excellent machining properties and works well with a blade. High toxicity. The wood is hard and easy to work with, but tools will may need regular sharpening too.

DRYING: Slow process with deformation and break risks.

USES: Apart from being used for different instrument fingerboards, it’s also used for sounding boards and wind instruments.

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