I recently ordered a couple of Bearclaw Sitka guitar tops and I wanted to let you know that not only did they arrive safe and sound but they are beautiful. Amazing figure! Having been less than satisfied with some wood suppliers over the years it's comforting to know that LMII has consistently come across in both quality and integrity. I never have to worry and that's a wonderful thing!

Thanks again,
Marc Beneteau

Indian Rosewood

1st grade Indian Rosewood

2nd grade Indian Rosewood 

All of these first & second grade Indian Rosewood matched sets are dried in our dehumidification kiln. We sand both sides of all pieces to better match sides to backs.

FIRST GRADE - This is a good grade of wood. The majority of the wood we receive falls into this grade. This is the typical good factory grade, but most high-end luthiers order from this grade as well. Wholesale quantity discounts for 25 or more sets are available (please inquire). The sets are quartersawn, with good matches of backs to sides. These sets offer a pleasing variation in color, attractive color bands, have more medium-wide grain, or the grain is slightly curved. An occasional small, solid knot, or mineral streak, or minor water or end stain are possible in this grade, but are not the norm (let us know if we need to specially select your sets). Because there are so many different types of good-looking sets here, we encourage you to specify what you are looking for when you place your order.

SECOND GRADE - This grade is good wood structurally and tonally, but varies enough cosmetically not to make First Grade. These are quartersawn but the grain may be wider, or the color is lighter/less intense, or there may be (solid) knots or mineral streaks, however these sets usually exhibit only one or two of these factors to downgrade from First Grade. We've sold this grade to some factories or more production oriented smaller shops, so it is quite useable - especially considering the lower cost over Premium and First grades. Some have commented that they will order from this grade because they prefer a “stripey” look.

IMPORTANT SHIPPING NOTE: Due to the recent CITES convention ruling we are no longer able to ship Rosewood parts, including Indian Rosewood, outside of the U.S. but we have a limited selection of Indian Rosewood items warehoused in Canada for delivery to Canadian addresses. Look for the Maple leaf next to the applicable parts. Canadian HST and GST taxes will apply. These items will be shipped separately from the rest of the order.

Back & Sides Dimensions
Wood Grading article
Figured Wood Terms