Purple Heart is a unique wood for its particular and intense purple color that any other wood has. But luthiers and musicians are not only attracted to Purple Heart for its color, cause its acoustic proprieties are also remarkable.
This tonewood has a brilliant sound, very similar to Hard Maple, but warmer than this one. About it physical characteristics, this wood is hard and dense, what makes a little bit complicated to work with. But despite that, choosing Purple Heart backs for your classic guitar, will assure a different touch to your instrument. Find them in different qualities in Maderas Barber.
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.