South America Cypress

Like Mediterranean Cypress, South America Cypress is a wood very soft and light, but resistant at the same time. Mainly used in Flamenco and Classic Guitars, South America Cypress has a percussive and brilliant sound, very treasured by flamenco artists.

But there are differences between this wood and Mediterranean Cypress. South America Cypress has a subdued colour, more irregularities and it’s not aromatic. But, for all that, it is a more economical wood.

In Maderas Barber we have South America Cypress sides for Classic Guitar, a wood very easy to work which is great for this part of the instrument.

BOTANIC NAME: Cupressus sempervirens.

COMMON NAMES: Cypress, South American Cypress

ORIGIN:  South America

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, medium texture . This Cypress is not as aromatic as the Mediterranean one.

RECOMMENDATIONS: Sawing is difficult because of the knots. Smooth machining. Glues, stains, and finishes well.

DRYING: Drying process must be careful.

USES:  Guitar backs and sides. 

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