Birch Wood (Betula pendula)

Birch Wood (Betula pendula)

ORIGIN: Europe

DESCRIPTION: It has a density of 640-670 Kg/m3.

RECOMMENDATIONS: This wood that has a medium hardness and has a bending resistance when it has a natural drying.

USE: It is ideal for lathe and carving.

Phenolic Birch (Betula pendula)

Phenolic Birch (Betula pendula)

ORIGIN: Europe

DESCRIPTION: Density 670 Kg/m3

RECOMMENDATIONS: Machining in unproblematic but it has a tendency to produce lint and can jam tools

USE: Phenolic Plywood Boards

Spalted Birch Wood (Betula pendula)

Spalted Birch Wood (Betula pendula)

ORIGIN: Europe

DESCRIPTION: It has a density of 640-670 Kg/m3

RECOMMENDATIONS: It presents resistance to bending under natural drying conditions with a medium hardness.

USE: It is ideal for lathe and carving as well to make knife handles.

European Spruce (picea abies)

European Spruce (picea abies)

ORIGIN: Germany, Rumania

DESCRIPTION: White colour. Density 450 Kg / m3

RECOMMENDATIONS: Good quality tops are becoming scarce.

USE: Stringed instrument sound board, like guitar, violin and cello.

Engelmann Spruce (picea engelmannii)

Engelmann Spruce (picea engelmannii)

ORIGIN: Canada

DESCRIPTION: White colour. Density 350 – 410 Kg / m3

RECOMMENDATIONS: Can stain easily, don’t store in humid place.

USE: Stringed instrument sound board.

Sitka Spruce (picea sitchensis)

Sitka Spruce (picea sitchensis)

ORIGIN: Canada

DESCRIPTION: Off white. Density 400 – 450 Kg/m3

RECOMMENDATIONS: Good size logs.

USE: Stringed instrument sound board, especially acoustic guitar.

Acacia (Acacia melanoxylon)

Acacia (Acacia melanoxylon)

ORIGIN: Africa, Asia or South America

DESCRIPTION: It has a density of 640 kg/m3. Its color ranges from yellow to brown

RECOMMENDATIONS: Although its straight fiber favors its workability, its hardness complicates it.

USE: It is used for woodturning, to build exterior and interior furniture, to make floors, etc.

Adirondack (Picea rubens)

Adirondack (Picea rubens)

ORIGIN: Northwest of America and Eastern Canada

DESCRIPTION: Density 400-500 kg/m3

RECOMMENDATIONS: Easy to work, as long as there are no knots present

USE: Musical instruments soundboards. Construction lumber, crates, millwork

Alder (Alnus glutinosa)

Alder (Alnus glutinosa)

ORIGIN: Europe

DESCRIPTION: Density 500-550 kg/m3

RECOMMENDATIONS: Machinery is done without much difficulty, but tools should be very sharp

USE: Electric guitar bodies and bass guitar bodies

Maple (acer pseudoplatanus)

Maple (acer pseudoplatanus)

ORIGIN: Germany, Rumania

DESCRIPTION: White colour. Density 610 – 680 Kg/m3

RECOMMENDATIONS: Specially valued for its curl and other patterns like bird’s eye, quilt and spalt.

USE: Back, neck and sides for Violin, Viola, Cello and Double bass. Guitar backs & sides Electric guitar & bass body, top and neck

Birdseye Maple (Acer saccharum Marsh)

Birdseye Maple (Acer saccharum Marsh)

ORIGIN: North America

DESCRIPTION: Density 630-700 kg/m3

RECOMMENDATIONS: Sawing and machinery are difficult. It is hard to plane

USE: Electric guitar bodies and bass guitar bodies. Guitar backs and sides

Quilted Maple (Acer saccharum Marsh)

Quilted Maple (Acer saccharum Marsh)

ORIGIN: North America

DESCRIPTION: Density 630-700 kg/m3

RECOMMENDATIONS: Machinery ,sawing and sanding can be difficult

USE: Electric bass and electric guitar body tops

American Curly Maple (Acer saccharum Marsh)

American Curly Maple (Acer saccharum Marsh)

ORIGIN: North America

DESCRIPTION: Density 630-700 kg/m3

RECOMMENDATIONS: Cutting and sanding can be difficult. Suitable for steam bending

USE: Electric Bass guitar tops and Electric Guitar tops

Spalted Maple (Acer saccharum Marsh)

Spalted Maple (Acer saccharum Marsh)

ORIGIN: North America

DESCRIPTION: Density 630-700 kg/m3

RECOMMENDATIONS: Cutting, machinery and sanding can be difficult. Suitable for steam bending

USE: Electric Bass guitar body tops and Electric Guitar body tops.

Bloodwood (Pterocarpus Erinaceus)

Bloodwood (Pterocarpus Erinaceus)

ORIGIN: Brazil

DESCRIPTION: A bright, vivid red. Colour can darken to a darker brownish red over time with exposure to light and air. Density 1.195 Kg/m3.

USE: Back and sides

Bocote (Cordia eleagnoides)

Bocote (Cordia eleagnoides)

ORIGIN: Mexico

DESCRIPTION: Density 950-1200 Kg/m3

RECOMMENDATIONS: Bocote is easily worked and machined with good results

USE: Guitar backs and sides, headplates, fingerboards and bridges

Boxwood (buxus sempervirens)

Boxwood (buxus sempervirens)

ORIGIN: Spain

DESCRIPTION: White colour. Density 900 – 1030 Kg/m3

RECOMMENDATIONS: Great sound properties Stains easy in humid atmosphere

USE: Woodwinds

Brazilian Lacewood (Roupala Brasiliensis)

Brazilian Lacewood (Roupala Brasiliensis)

ORIGIN: South America Tropical.

DESCRIPTION: Density: 885 kg/m3.

Bubinga (guibourtia spp)

Bubinga (guibourtia spp)

ORIGIN: Gabon

DESCRIPTION: Red colour. Density 700 – 900 Kg/m3

RECOMMENDATIONS: Can come in different grain patterns

USE: Guitar backs & sides

Campincerán (Dalbergia granadillo Pitt.)

Campincerán (Dalbergia granadillo Pitt.)

ORIGIN: Mexico

DESCRIPTION: Density: 990-1250 Kg/m3

Mahogany (swietenia macrophylla)

Mahogany (swietenia macrophylla)

ORIGIN: Brazil

DESCRIPTION: Brown to reddish colour. Density 490 – 530 Kg/m3

RECOMMENDATIONS: Protected specie, under appendix II of CITES

USE: Acoustic guitar neck, back & sides Electric guitar & bass neck and body

Honduras Cedar (cedrela odorata)

Honduras Cedar (cedrela odorata)

ORIGIN: Brazil

DESCRIPTION: Light Brown colour. Density 450 – 600 Kg/m3

RECOMMENDATIONS: Protected specie, under appendix III of CITES

USE: Classic guitar neck

Western Red Cedar (thuja plicata)

Western Red Cedar (thuja plicata)

ORIGIN: Canada

DESCRIPTION: Orange / red colour. Density 350 – 400 Kg/m3

RECOMMENDATIONS: Nice sounding wood. Very stable.

USE: Guitar top

Cherry Wood (Prunus avium)

Cherry Wood (Prunus avium)

ORIGIN: Europe

DESCRIPTION: It has a density of 610-630 Kg/m3.

RECOMMENDATIONS: It is easy to work with (similar to Beech).

USE: This wood is widely used to turn to make pens, bowls, and combinations with other species.

Cypress Victory Island (Cupressus nootkatensis)

Cypress Victory Island (Cupressus nootkatensis)

ORIGIN: Canada

DESCRIPTION: Yellow colour. Density 450 – 600 Kg/m3

USE: Top, back and sides

South America Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)

South America Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)

ORIGIN: South America

DESCRIPTION: Density 400-600 Kg/m3.

RECOMMENDATIONS: Sawing is difficult because of the knots. Smooth machining. Glues, stains, and finishes well.

USE: Guitar backs and sides

Cypress (cupressus sempervirens)

Cypress (cupressus sempervirens)

ORIGIN: Spain

DESCRIPTION: White / Light yellow colour. Density 400 – 600 Kg/m3

RECOMMENDATIONS: Great response

USE: Flamenco guitar backs & sides

Plum Wood (Prunus domestica)

Plum Wood (Prunus domestica)

ORIGIN: Europe

DESCRIPTION: It has a density of 610-630 Kg/m3

RECOMMENDATIONS: The areas with straight and clear grain are easy to work with hand or machine tools.

USE: It is used in cabinetmaking and turnery, as well to make knife handles.

Poplar (populus alba)

Poplar (populus alba)

ORIGIN: Spain

DESCRIPTION: Density 480 Kg/m3

RECOMMENDATIONS: Easy sawing and machining. Glues, stains, and finishes well

USE: Musical instruments, pallets, crates, matches

Cocobolo (dalbergia retusa)

Cocobolo (dalbergia retusa)

ORIGIN: Mexico

DESCRIPTION: Red colour with dark grain. Density 990 – 1250 K

RECOMMENDATIONS: Considered as one of the substitutes to Brazilian Rosewood The oil it contains can cause problems when gluing

USE: Guitar backs & sides Woodwinds

Curupay (Anadenanthera colubrina)

Curupay (Anadenanthera colubrina)

ORIGIN: South America

DESCRIPTION: It has a density of 1000 kg/m3. It has a heartwood pale to medium reddish brown

RECOMMENDATIONS: It is generally hard to work with on account of its irregular grain and high density.

USE: It is ideal for woodturning.

Ebony (diospyros crassiflora Hiern.)

Ebony (diospyros crassiflora Hiern.)

ORIGIN: Cameroon, Nigeria

DESCRIPTION: Black colour. Density 1000 – 1275 Kg/m3

RECOMMENDATIONS: Considered the #1 fingerboard material because of its smooth feeling, durability and aesthetics. Can crack easily when atmospheric conditions change

USE: Stringed instrument fingerboard Guitar bridge and head plate Woodwinds

Amara Ebony (Diospyros Celebica)

Amara Ebony (Diospyros Celebica)

ORIGIN: Asia

DESCRIPTION: Density 1100-1300 kg/m3

Asian Ebony (Diospyros malabarica)

Asian Ebony (Diospyros malabarica)

ORIGIN: South East Asia

DESCRIPTION: Density 825 kg/m3.

RECOMMENDATIONS: Easy machining, gluing and finished. Generally, works and turns well

USE: Laminated guitar backs and sides. “Cajones flamencos”

Madagascar Ebony (diospyros spp.)

Madagascar Ebony (diospyros spp.)

ORIGIN: Madagascar

DESCRIPTION: Black colour. Density 1050 – 1280 Kg/m3

RECOMMENDATIONS: More stable than African ebony, turns better and doesn’t crack so easy.

USE: Stringed instrument fingerboard Guitar bridge and head plate Woodwinds

Makassar Ebony (Diospyros Celebica)

Makassar Ebony (Diospyros Celebica)

ORIGIN: Asia

DESCRIPTION: Density: 1000-1300kg/m3.

Green Ebony (Diospyros Durionoides)

Green Ebony (Diospyros Durionoides)

ORIGIN: Asia

DESCRIPTION: Density 1000-1300 kg/m3

Curly Eucaliptus (Eucalyptus globulus)

Curly Eucaliptus (Eucalyptus globulus)

ORIGIN: Tasmania

DESCRIPTION: Density 748-830 Kg/m3

RECOMMENDATIONS: Store it at right temperature. Boards with interlocked grain frequently causes tear out during planning and other surfacing operations

USE: Guitar backs and sides . Laminate floor , railway sleepers

Ash (Fraxinus american)

Ash (Fraxinus american)

ORIGIN: North America

DESCRIPTION: Density 660 kg/m3

Blackwood (dalbergia melanoxylon)

Blackwood (dalbergia melanoxylon)

ORIGIN: Mozambique, Tanzania

DESCRIPTION: Black colour. Density 1250 – 1300 Kg/m3

RECOMMENDATIONS: Highly valued because of its acoustic properties. Nice finish and easy to turn.

USE: Woodwinds

Mexican Granadillo (Platymiscium Yucatanum)

Mexican Granadillo (Platymiscium Yucatanum)

ORIGIN: Central America

DESCRIPTION: Density 800-1000 Kg/m3

RECOMMENDATIONS: Store it at right temperature. It is recommended to work with sharp blades

USE: Guitar backs and sides, fingerboards. Castanets and marimba

Spalted Beech Wood (Fagus sylvatica)

Spalted Beech Wood (Fagus sylvatica)

ORIGIN: Europe

DESCRIPTION: It has a density of 710 Kg/m3

RECOMMENDATIONS: Its drying is difficult since it presents risks of deformations, colorations and cuts.

USE: Ideal for lathe and knife handles.

Hard Maple (Acer saccharum Marsh)

Hard Maple (Acer saccharum Marsh)

ORIGIN: North America

DESCRIPTION: Density 630-700 Kg/m3

RECOMMENDATIONS: Sawing and machining are difficult. Maple has a tendency to burn when being machined with high-speed cutters such as in a router

USE: Electric guitar and bass necks

Hickory (carya alba)

Hickory (carya alba)

ORIGIN: USA

DESCRIPTION: White colour. Density 790 – 830 Kg/m3

RECOMMENDATIONS: Dens and durable

USE: Drum sticks

Katalox (Swartzia cubensis)

Katalox (Swartzia cubensis)

ORIGIN: Central America and northern South America

DESCRIPTION: Density 1150kg/m3. Heartwood is dark reddish brown to nearly black

RECOMMENDATIONS: Is considered difficult to work on account of its hardness, especially when brushing.

USE: Musical instruments, interior carpentry, joinery.

Terminalia Tomentosa

Laurel (Terminalia Tomentosa)

ORIGIN: India

DESCRIPTION: The color of the wood varies from light brown to dark brown with darker, and nearly black streaks.

RECOMMENDATIONS: Generally, it is easy to work, although sections with interlaced or irregular grain are more problematic. 

USE: In addition to being used in the tuning forks of a variety of instruments.

Limba (Terminalia superba)

Limba (Terminalia superba)

ORIGIN: Central Africa

DESCRIPTION: Density 600 kg/m3

Macacauba (Platymiscium spp)

Macacauba (Platymiscium spp)

ORIGIN: Central and South America

DESCRIPTION: Density 950 kg/m3

Apple Wood (Malus domestica)

Apple Wood (Malus domestica)

ORIGIN: Europe

DESCRIPTION: It has a density of 830 Kg/m3

RECOMMENDATIONS: This wood that has a medium hardness and has a bending resistance when it has a natural drying

USE: It is ideal for lathe and carving.

Mulberry Wood (Morus alba)

Mulberry Wood (Morus alba)

ORIGIN: Europe

DESCRIPTION: It has a density of 690 Kg/m3.

RECOMMENDATIONS: It responds well to both hand and machine tools. It turns, glues, and finishes well.

USE: It is used to make turned objects, fence posts and furniture.

Ovangkol (guibourtia ehie)

Ovangkol (guibourtia ehie)

ORIGIN: Gabon

DESCRIPTION: Different tones of green with marked grain. Density 725 – 820 Kg/m3

RECOMMENDATIONS: Similar to Rosewood but half the price

USE: Guitar backs & sides

Musutaiba (Dalbergia Elegans)

Musutaiba (Dalbergia Elegans)

ORIGIN: Brazil

DESCRIPTION: Density 920 kg/m3.

Black Walnut (juglans nigra)

Black Walnut (juglans nigra)

ORIGIN: USA

DESCRIPTION: Dark brown. Density 550 – 660 Kg/m3

RECOMMENDATIONS: Affordable wood with good acoustics

USE: Guitar backs & sides

European Walnut (juglans regia)

European Walnut (juglans regia)

ORIGIN: Spain

DESCRIPTION: Different tones of brown. Density 700 – 780 Kg/m3

RECOMMENDATIONS: Used very much in the past for classic guitar making

USE: Guitar backs & sides

Okume (Aucomea Klaineana)

Okume (Aucomea Klaineana)

ORIGIN: Central Africa

DESCRIPTION: Density 450 kg/m3. Heartwood ranges from a pale pink to light brown

RECOMMENDATIONS: High silica content has a pronounced blunting effect on cutters

USE: Veneer, plywood, boatbuilding, furniture, interior millwork musical instruments

Olive Wood (Olea Europeea)

Olive Wood (Olea Europeea)

ORIGIN: It comes from Middle East (Syria and Anatolia).

DESCRIPTION: The fiber is irregular and it can sometimes be intertwined. It has a density of 850-1120 Kg/m3

RECOMMENDATIONS: It dries slowly so this process is delicate because it can get cuts and collapse.

USE: It is ideal for carving, turning, incrustations, …

Elm Wood (Ulmus minor)

Elm Wood (Ulmus minor)

ORIGIN: Central and southern Europe

DESCRIPTION: It has a density of 630-680 Kg/m3

RECOMMENDATIONS: It is easy to work, hard to split and very resistant to rot if it stays wet.

USE: It is used for woodturning, shipbuilding, mine piles, etc.

Padouk (pterocarpus tinctorius)

Padouk (pterocarpus tinctorius)

ORIGIN: Gabon

DESCRIPTION: Bright red. Density 825 Kg/m3

RECOMMENDATIONS: Very stable

USE: Guitar backs & sides Xylophone

Tulipwood (dalbergia frutescens)

Tulipwood (dalbergia frutescens)

ORIGIN: Brazil

DESCRIPTION: Pink grain. Density 1010 – 1040 Kg/m3

RECOMMENDATIONS: Dens, good acoustics and attractive look

USE: Woodwinds

Amazon Rosewood (dalbergia spruceana)

Amazon Rosewood (dalbergia spruceana)

ORIGIN: Brazil

DESCRIPTION: Dark brown colour. Density 1100 Kg/m3

RECOMMENDATIONS: Great look and acoustic qualities

USE: Guitar backs & sides Xylophone

Honduras Rosewood (dalbergia stevensonii)

Honduras Rosewood (dalbergia stevensonii)

ORIGIN: Guatemala

DESCRIPTION: Light brown colour. Density 1070 Kg/m3

RECOMMENDATIONS: Looks good and even better sound

USE: Xylophone Guitar backs & sides

Indian Rosewood (dalbergia latifolia)

Indian Rosewood (dalbergia latifolia)

ORIGIN: India

DESCRIPTION: Range of colours that go from light brown to dark mauve. Density 870 – 900 Kg/m3

RECOMMENDATIONS: Extensively Used because of its great characteristics

USE: Guitar backs & sides, fingerboards, head plates and bridges.

Madagascar Rosewood (dalbergia baronii)

Madagascar Rosewood (dalbergia baronii)

ORIGIN: Madagascar

DESCRIPTION: Light to dark brown colour. Density 920 Kg/m3

RECOMMENDATIONS: Most similar wood to Brazilian Rosewood in looks. Presents spider webbing and dark grain.

USE: Guitar backs & sides Electric guitar & bass fingerboard

Snakewood (Piratinera guianensis)

Snakewood (Piratinera guianensis)

ORIGIN: South America

DESCRIPTION: It has a density of 1210 kg/m3

RECOMMENDATIONS: This wood is extremely dense and it usually blunts the cutters.

USE: It is ideal for woodturning

Kingwood (dalbergia cearensis)

Kingwood (dalbergia cearensis)

ORIGIN: Brazil

DESCRIPTION: Violet grain. Density 1020 Kg/m3

RECOMMENDATIONS: Nice sounding and looking wood

USE: Guitar fingerboard Woodwinds

Santos Rosewood (machaerium scleroxylon)

Santos Rosewood (machaerium scleroxylon)

ORIGIN: Brazil

DESCRIPTION: Various tones of brown. Density 940 Kg/m3

RECOMMENDATIONS: Low price but good looking. Can produce allergies

USE: Guitar backs & sides, fingerboard, bridge and head plate. Electric guitar & bass fingerboards

Pequia (aspidosperma ponenposum)

Pequia (aspidosperma ponenposum)

ORIGIN: Brazil

DESCRIPTION: Light yellow. Density 1060 Kg/m3

RECOMMENDATIONS: Good sounding wood

USE: Woodwinds

Pear Wood (Pyrus communis)

Pear Wood (Pyrus communis)

ORIGIN: Europe

DESCRIPTION: It is very popular in Europe and it has a density of 690 Kg/m3

RECOMMENDATIONS: Overall, it is easy to work with both hand and machine tools.

USE: It is used for lathe and carving.

Purple Heart (Peltogyne pubelcens)

Purple Heart (Peltogyne pubelcens)

ORIGIN: Central America

DESCRIPTION: Density 880 kg/m3

Red Gum (Liquidambar styraciflua)

Red Gum (Liquidambar styraciflua)

ORIGIN: EEUU

DESCRIPTION: 560 kg/m3

African Mahogany (khaya ivorensis)

African Mahogany (khaya ivorensis)

ORIGIN: Cameroon

DESCRIPTION: Light brown colour. Density 420 Kg/m3

RECOMMENDATIONS: Very similar to genuine mahogany

USE: Guitar neck, backs & sides Electric guitar & bass body

Sapele (entandrophragma cylindricum)

Sapele (entandrophragma cylindricum)

ORIGIN: Gabon

DESCRIPTION: Brown colour. Density 560 Kg/m3

RECOMMENDATIONS: Good substitute to genuine Mahogany

USE: Guitar backs & sides

Sequoia (Sequoia Sempervirens)

Sequoia (Sequoia Sempervirens)

ORIGIN: East Coast North America

DESCRIPTION: 350-450 kg/m3.The color of the heartwood can vary from a light pinkish brown to a deep reddish brown

RECOMMENDATIONS: It is usually easy to work with hand tools or machinery

USE: Burls and other forms of figured Redwood are also used in turning, musical instruments

Sycamore (acer pseudoplatanus)

Sycamore (acer pseudoplatanus)

ORIGIN: Germany

DESCRIPTION: White colour. Density 620 Kg/m3

RECOMMENDATIONS: Like Maple without the curl

USE: Guitar binding, backs & sides

Silky Oak (Grevillea robusta)

Silky Oak (Grevillea robusta)

ORIGIN: Australia and South Africa plantations

DESCRIPTION: Density 600 kg/m3. Heartwood is a light to medium reddish brown with grey to light brown rays

RECOMMENDATIONS: Overall a fairly easy wood to work with, though there may be some difficulty in planning

USE: Musical instruments, veneer, cabinetry, turned objects and other small special items

Sipo (Entandrophragma utile)

Sipo (Entandrophragma utile)

ORIGIN: Africa

DESCRIPTION: Density 590-660 kg/m3

RECOMMENDATIONS: Utile can be troublesome to work in some machining operations

USE: Electric and bass body guitars

Sonokeling (dalbergia latifolia)

Sonokeling (dalbergia latifolia)

ORIGIN: Indonesia

DESCRIPTION: Range of colours that go from light brown to dark mauve. Density 820 Kg/m3

RECOMMENDATIONS: Like wide grain Indian Rosewood

USE: Guitar backs & sides, fingerboards, head plates and bridges.

Teak (Tectona grandis )

Teak (Tectona grandis )

ORIGIN: Originally from Southeast Asia

DESCRIPTION: Its density is 750 kg / m3

RECOMMENDATIONS: The wood resists some acids, and it is classified as very durable against the action of fungi

USE: Shipbuilding, exterior and interior carpentry, and canes

Lime (Tilia Cordata)

Lime (Tilia Cordata)

ORIGIN: Europe

DESCRIPTION: Density 520-560 kg/m3.

Wengue (millettia laurentii)

Wengue (millettia laurentii)

ORIGIN: Gabon

DESCRIPTION: Dark brown colour. Density 720 – 900 Kg/m3

RECOMMENDATIONS: Nice finish

USE: Electric guitar & bass fingerboard and body

Zebrano (microberlinia brazzavillensis)

Zebrano (microberlinia brazzavillensis)

ORIGIN: Gabon

DESCRIPTION: Light colour with dark grain. Density 550 Kg/m3

RECOMMENDATIONS: Interesting aesthetics

USE: Guitar backs & sides

Ziricote (cordia dodecandra)

Ziricote (cordia dodecandra)

ORIGIN: Mexico

DESCRIPTION: Green colour with dark grain.

RECOMMENDATIONS: Very nice looking, cracks easily though.

USE: Guitar backs & sides

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