Ziricote is one of these woods known as precious or fine woods, and very treasured by luthiers. This wonderful and impressive tonewood presents a big contrast in its grain, what makes it more particular than others.
About its acoustic proprieties: this wood has a low damping and a higher tone than Tulipwood. It has a resounding sound, bright high tones and a great variety of harmonics.
Without any doubt, Ziricote backs for Classic Guitar are a safe option in order to build your instrument: elegance and good sound proprieties in the same wood.
BOTANIC NAME: Cordia Dodecandra.
COMMON NAMES: Ziricote
ORIGIN: Central America.
DESCRIPTION: Density 805 kg/m3. Ziricote has colour ranges from medium to dark brown, sometimes with either a green or purple hue, with darker bands of black growth rings intermixed. Ziricote has a very unique appearance, which is sometimes referred to as “spider-webbing” grain figure. The pale yellowish sapwood is sometimes incorporated into designs for aesthetic effect, or to cut down on wastage. Grain is straight to slightly interlocked. Medium to fine texture, with good natural luster.
RECOMMENDATIONS Ziricote is fairly easy to work considering its high density. The wood tends to develop end and surface checks during drying, which can be problematic: though the wood is stable once dry. Ziricote turns and finishes well, and in most instances, it can also be glued with no problems.
DRYING: Dries slowly. Risk of deformations or cracks.
USES: Guitar backs and sides, fingerboards.