Purple Heart is a wood not very common in the manufacture of musical instrument. But its stunning appearance causes a big admiration in luthiers worldwide.
But it is not only appreciated by its physical characteristics, it is also appreciated because it is a very dense and tough wood and also because it has a brilliant tone very similar to Hard Maple wood, but even warmer.
In short, although it is a wood a little bit complicated to work with, if you chose Purple Heart sides for your Classic Guitar, you instrument will have a different and unique touch.
BOTANIC NAME: Peltogyne pubelcens.
COMMON NAMES: Purpleheart, Amaranth.
ORIGIN: Central America.
DESCRIPTION: Density 880 kg/m3. When freshly cut the heartwood of Purpleheart is a dull greyish/purplish brown. Upon exposure, the wood becomes a deeper eggplant purple. With further age and exposure to UV light, the wood becomes a dark brown with a hint of purple.
RECOMMENDATIONS: If the wood is heated with dull tools, or if cutter speeds are too high, Purpleheart will exude a gummy resin that can clog tools and complicate the machining process. Depending on the grain orientation, can be difficult to plane without tear out. Purpleheart also has a moderate dulling effect on cutters.
DRYING: Drying speed varies from normal to slow. Risk of deformation
USES: Musical instruments, furniture. It has excellent strength properties, and can be used in applications where strength is important.