African Blackwood (a member of the Rosewood family, Dalbergia) has long been recognized by classical guitar builders as the "holy grail" of tonewoods. With a strong responsive taptone that surpasses even Brazilian Rosewood, it can contribute great volume, power and brilliance to a guitar.
Now many prominent steel string builders (among them Kevin Ryan and Marc Maingard) are building with it, with equally impressive results.
African Blackwood is difficult to work and can be hard to bend, but it is strikingly beautiful and polishes to a high luster. It is very fine grained, quite stable when dry (more stable than most Ebonies), and glues satisfactorily.
Due to the small size of African Blackwood trees, obtaining guitar sets is difficult. Most sets will show some defects within the pattern such as solid pin knots and/or wormholes that can be filled.
IMPORTANT ORDERING NOTES:
- If you are building an instrument outside the norm (OM/000 or dreadnought for steel string sets and standard dimension classical guitar for classical sets), be sure to let us know as we allow defects outside the pattern due to the difficulties presented by this wood.
- Because these sets are one-of-a-kind, they cannot be reserved. Also, the back and side components of a set cannot be sold individually nor can they be interchanged with the components of another set. Once a set is purchased, it will disappear from the page. If a set was already put in another persons cart, they will not be able to check out until they remove it.