The use of American Walnut in musical construction is hugely increasing thanks to its great qualities: good register of mid and high tones and an incredible grain. On the other side, it is a wood very easy to work with and very sustainable. And once American Walnut is dried, it is stable and resistant, what make this wood perfect for headplates.
Try American Walnut for your classic guitar headplate and get to know this tonewood more deeply.
BOTANIC NAME: Juglans nigra
COMMON NAMES: Black walnut, American Walnut.
ORIGIN: United States and Canada.
DESCRIPTION: Heartwood can range from a lighter pale brown to a dark chocolate brown with darker brown streaks. Colour can sometimes have a grey, purple, or reddish cast. Sapwood is pale yellow-grey to nearly white. Grain is usually straight, but can be irregular. Has a medium texture and moderate natural luster.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Easy to work provided the grain is straight and regular. Glues, stain and finishes well. It is recommended to wear a face mask. Can cause eye and skin irritation.
DRYING: Drying process must be slow.
USES: Guitar backs and sides. Fingerboards.