Since many years, Sycamore has been a tonewood very admired by luthiers thanks to its great density and stiffness. These two proprieties are the most needed in the construction of classic guitar bridges because they have to bear wear and the string tension.
What is more, this tonewood has a brilliant sound; it is sustainable and easy to access: great pros to chose it for your instrument. Discover the tone, the beauty and the definition of these Sycamore bridges for your classic guitar.
BOTANIC NAME: Acer pseudoplatanus.
COMMON NAMES: Sycamore, Maple.
ORIGIN: Central Europe, Eastern Asia.
DESCRIPTION: Density 640 kg/m3. Sapwood colour ranges from almost white, to a light golden or reddish brown, while the heartwood is a darker reddish brown. Grain is generally straight, but may be wavy. Has a fine, even texture.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Fairly easy to work with both hand and machine tools, though it has a tendency to burn when being machined with high-speed cutters such as in a router. Turns, glues, and finishes well, though blotches can occur when staining, and a pre-conditioner, gel stain, or toner may be necessary to get an even colour.
DRYING: Allow air dry but can cause spots and colour alterations. It is important to dry it quickly to keep the white colour.
USES: Guitar , backs and sides, bindings and fingerboards.